Do You Know Who You Belong To?
November 19, 2018
“But to all who did receive [Jesus], He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God” (John 1: 12-13, HCSB).
Those who try to find their identity in what they do will always be searching for their ultimate purpose and will never find fulfillment in life.
Because there is only one position that will ever give you a sense of purpose.
You are a child of God! You are His!
When you receive Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are then adopted into the family of God. We find this amazing truth in John 1: 12-13.
But sadly, many of us continue to look for purpose on our walk with God, working to achieve His love, instead of just trusting in it. I am extremely familiar with this type of mentality because even after I received God’s forgiveness when I called upon Jesus to be my Savior, I still thought I had to work for that forgiveness to maintain it. Because I didn’t fully understand that my faith in Christ is what pleased God, I tried to perform for God, thinking my talents and gifts were what made me valuable and loved by Him.
Of course, this distorted view of God stemmed from my very dysfunctional relationship with my earthly father. Sadly, because his addiction to alcohol and pornography hindered him from showing me genuine love and affection, I didn’t feel loved by him, and tried all that I could to show him that I was worth loving through my gifts and abilities- High honor roll student, playing clarinet in the marching band, star in the Spring Musicals, Cheerleading Captain, Student Council officer, track star…the list went on and on.
No wonder I was always stressed out and exhausted! But over time, the Holy Spirit began to reveal to me the Father-heart of God. My mind was renewed through the truth of scripture of who God is through the glorious gospel message. The more I studied the gospels, the more I fully received His mercy and love.
Truthfully, God is very unimpressed with your performance, but He is deeply impressed with Christ’s performance. You will find such freedom when you finally realize you can rest in knowing that Jesus paid for your performance and by putting your faith in that, God sees you as His daughter or son and His love for you is never-ending. Because of what Jesus did on the Cross, you can literally do nothing to change that. Embrace the Cross and the Father will embrace you as His child!
Father God, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to not only die for my sins to be forgiven, but to restore me back to You as Your child, the greatest position I will ever stand in!
Read more: Galatians 3:26-4:1-7
“He Pulled It From the Mud”
October 15, 2018
“I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me and heard my cry for help. He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure” (Psalm 40: 1-2, HCSB).
God will use pretty much anything to get your attention, so He can get a message across to you sometimes. The other day I was just having a really rough day and was struggling to find joy. While I was looking up the weather forecast online, hoping maybe it would be warm and sunny to help brighten my gloomy day, a story headline caught my eyes- “He Pulled It From the Mud,” it read in bold letters.
Immediately, one of my favorite passages from the Psalms came to my mind: Psalm 40: 1-3, specifically verse 2: “He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.”
This truth is at the core of my personal testimony of how God changed my life completely and transformed my hardened clay heart into a vessel He could us for His glory! For many years, I chose to live in the pit of my sin and self-destruction, even though I was completely miserable and full of so much pain from my terrible life choices. I struggled with alcohol abuse, sexual sin, pride, and was plagued by anxiety and depression. Then one glorious day, I cried out to the Lord, He heard my cry, and He helped me out of my pit!
Then I realized that this truth is the core of every believer’s story!
When we cry out the name of Jesus, the Father reaches down into our slimy pit of sin and pulls our life from the mud, the filth of this world, and He gives us a new heart and begins to transform us from the inside out. He pulls us up from the pit of darkness and despair and sets our feet upon the firm foundation of the Rock, Christ Jesus. He not only does all of that, but He helps establish our steps as we learn to walk in faith, hand in hand with Christ. The longer we walk with Jesus, and learn of His of ways as His follower and disciple, we begin to see true life transformation and a deep change of heart.
I believe this is something we must keep at the forefront of our minds at all times to remind us of where God has taken us from. How can we not remain thankful? If you are struggling to find joy today, be grateful that “He pulled it (your life) from the mud!”
Father, thank you for rescuing me from the pit, picking me up out of the miry clay, and setting my feet on solid ground. Help me to always remain thankful for this truth every single day!
Read more: Psalm 91: 14-16; Colossians 1:13
Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME Movie Review: A Christian’s Perspective
March 9, 2018
Did you happen to read Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time in grade-school? I don’t remember too many details of the book, but I do remember it impacting my little heart now decades ago. That’s why me (and other millennials like me) have been greatly anticipating the release of Disney’s adaptation of the this best-selling science-fantasy novel. The re-telling of this classic story is said to take audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil and, ultimately, the triumph of love.
I was able to catch a press screening of the film earlier this week, and it has taken me a couple days to really collect my thoughts about the movie.
The stellar cast (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling to name a few), awe-inspring special effects, and vividly colorful costumes and make-up definitely drew me in right away.
But what impressed me the most was the young, up and coming actress, Storm Reid, who plays the main character Meg Murry. I know without a shadow of a doubt that Miss Reid will become a role model for young girls all over the world. She portrayed the awkward, middle-school heroine with such beauty, wit, vulnerability and strength. The desire to find and rescue her father who has traveled through time and space and is trapped by a darkness called “The It,” and restore her family drives her to risk everything, including her life.
That act of selfless love is nothing short of beautiful to me- a love that I know has been shown to us through Jesus Christ.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13, ESV).
Although the book is not considered a Christian piece, L’Engle, who actually used to teach Sunday school at her church and wrote a devotional on grace later on in her life, wove Christian truths throughout the book. There are actually many scriptures quoted throughout the novel as well as mention of Jesus being a “great warrior of light.” Ultimately, this book is about the powerful force of good over evil and love triumphing in the end, a message believers proclaim and live by.
“What if we are here for a reason? What if we are apart of something truly divine?” is echoed in the movie by Dr. Murry, Meg’s father, as he tries to explain his theory of time travel to colleagues at NASA at the beginning of the movie. He wanted to bend time with his mind and shake the Universe’s hand.
The “divine” and the “hand” that is mentioned should be God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth..the Creator of the entire universe…
…but sadly, Disney’s “Wrinkle in Time” paints another picture about the Creator of the Universe. Sadly, but not surprisingly, they remain silent about God.
Where Miss L’Engle highlighted Christian truths and even mentions Jesus Christ in her book, sadly, Disney erases them completely.
But they were not silent on new age and eastern religion culture.
Meg, along with her younger brother Charles Wallace and friend Calvin, have all been chosen by messengers of the Universe (“the Mrs’s”) because they saw light and hope in them. They were being called on to be warriors for the Universe. Lines such as you must “become one with the Universe” and “have faith in yourself” echo loudly in the film, which brings a false message of hope, light, and love. Yoga and highlighting the Hindu “third eye chakra” exercise were also a part of the film, expressing the idea that you have the power within yourself to see into the future, perhaps, becoming your own savior with no need of anyone’s help, including God.
I understand that this story is fantasy, and that it is not particularly a Christian work, but subjecting children to these other spiritual exercises that people actually practice is dangerous in my opinion. And yes, it is my opinion, but my faith in God, which is extremely important to me, had to filter a lot while viewing this film. To me, if the film-makers and screenplay writer were going to ignore the mention of God or any form of Christian themes that the author put in the book, they should not have highlighted other faiths or spiritual exercises, just out of respect for the author.
If you are a Christian and plan on going to see this movie, just know that the message of light vs. darkness, hope and love, good vs. evil are not our definition of those things. None of those things exist a part from God.
God is light. God is hope. God is good. God is love.
We are not our own savior. We are not our own answer. We cannot “become the Light” and defeat darkness (another line from the film) without the light of Christ.
If you plan on taking your children to see this movie, I pray you take the time to explain Biblical truths about our Christian definitions of light vs. darkness, hope and love, good vs. evil. This film will definitely spark that conversation.
I can appreciate this film for the sake of the art and creativity and for the fact that it shows the importance of family and the strength of selfless love. Yet, I pray people that watch it remember that it is just fantasy and it’s message of hope, light, and love pale in comparison to real hope, light, and love found in Christ alone.
A Wrinkle in Time, in theaters now.
Crown of Beauty’s SECRETS OF ROYALTY- A Review
August 3, 2016
As I have posted previously, I have been seriously wrestling with the truth that God doesn’t need me to do anything for Him to love me, He is simply just content with me being His daughter.
This concept is SO counter-cultural!
Success to the world is solely based upon our performance and what we can accomplish, so if we aren’t accomplishing anything, then we can so often feel like failures or losers!
I think this quote from author and writer, Brenda Craig, explains it best:
“Performance is what matters to the world. Success and rest will be a result of your submission to God. Submission creates an assurance of success. Rest and time with God is contrary to the programming of the world. It contradicts the belief that the more you do, the more you are. You are because God is. Self-determination along with self-achievement is the way of the spirit of the world. It erases the tender mercies the Lord puts in your heart, producing a hard heart toward others. This is the hard way. Put first things first and everything else will function and work out as it should. Enter the Lord’s rest and see His right hand move valiantly on your behalf.”
The enemy is always trying to bring doubt regarding our worth by trying to get us to compare our lives with one another, and I believe a lot of us struggle with being content with just being God’s child, entering His rest, and trusting He is working all things together for your good (Romans 8:28). Questioning our worth and value is something that I believe begins at a very early age the minute we enter school or an organization that judges us based upon our performance. We get a certain grade for our school-work and as we get older, people judge our success based upon our job-title or how much money we make. As humans, our hearts yearn for acceptance, validation, and worth. It’s because we were made for a royal status from the very beginning of creation.
In America, our only perception of royalty is Hollywood celebrities. If someone becomes famous or even achieves a well-known name in their sphere of influence, then they have REALLY MADE IT! They are REALLY SOMEBODY!
But do you want to know something?
When Jesus died for you on the Cross and shed His Blood so that you would have forgiveness of sins, new life everlasting, and restored relationship with your Heavenly Father, He made a way FOR YOU into the Kingdom of God and to the Lord, You ARE really SOMEBODY! And since He is the King of Kings, you are royalty!
We no longer need to feel like failures or losers if we don’t have many accomplishments to show the world.
Because Jesus accomplished it all for us and His performance on the Cross is all that matters to the Father! He is pleased with our faith in His Son and what He did on that Cross! Understanding that faith in Jesus Christ makes us royalty in the Kingdom of God, without having to perform for God to accept us or work to achieve this royal status, is the most amazing news for those who choose to believe!
Perhaps the world needs this message of royal identity more than we even know!
That’s why I am so ecstatic that a dear sister in Christ, Livy Jarmusch, Founder of Crown of Beauty online magazine for girls, committed to writing Secrets of Royalty, a wonderful 31 day devotional for girls and teens (and women of all ages, really!) that releases later this summer. I was privileged to get a sneak peak at a couple sample chapters. Although Livy’s ministry is focused more on girls and teens, I was completely captivated by the story too! I was so deeply moved by the truths that Livy shares regarding our place as princesses in the Kingdom of God when we believe and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ! Each chapter shares the fictional fairy-tale story of a redeeming king that mirrors the true story of our Kinsman-Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
I honestly think this book would be fantastic for mothers and daughters to read together. You moms out there may be surprised at how this devotional strengthens your faith and walk with the Lord right along side your daughter’s!
No matter our age, I believe we all need to know how God sees His daughters, as Royal Princesses in His majestic Kingdom! That truth will change how you live the rest of your life! I know it is changing mine!
For more details, visit http://www.crownofbeautymagazine.com/SecretsofRoyalty.html
Bearing Good Fruit that Remains (Part 2)
October 21, 2015
READ PART 1 “Bearing Good Fruit that Remains”
We will all face “winter” seasons in our lives, but we should never want to stay there or make it a continuous cycle.
Difficult seasons in life can actually be a time of growth and maturity in the Lord.
In the natural, trees’ roots actually grow down deeper into the earth in the winter time.
If we don’t stay rooted and grounded in Love (and faith because faith works by love- Galatians 5:6), we lose our sustaining life and are prone to depression. Instead of yielded to depression, we need to allow our roots in Jesus grow deeper and deeper. We use those times of trial to draw closer to the Lord and drink deep of His goodness and faithfulness.
During these dark times, the enemy wants you to dry up and rot- physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. We must remain connected to our life-source, Jesus, the Vine.
Over the course of my life, I have experienced some pretty harsh winter seasons.
Early on in my walk with the Lord, the enemy attacked me in a mighty way through the murder of my father. Thankfully, I had established a solid “root-system” in the Lord and also surrounded myself with some mighty “oaks” of righteous people.
If we are isolated during these times, and are not taking in the proper nutrients from God’s Word, we are in trouble. Being around other trees or fruit bearers is crucial to sustain spiritual health. Their root systems can get nutrients to us and their fruit can feed us when we are struggling to hang onto the Vine.
Thankfully, when my dad died, I was around strong trees that helped me drink up the Word of God.
The same situation occurred when my husband and I went through the devastation of a miscarriage. We made sure to surround ourselves with other people of faith, so we didn’t get carried under the dark waves of despair and depression.
The most recent trial I have faced was different and took time to recover.
I endured a pretty traumatic birthing experience with my son, and when he was around two months old, I discovered that I was suffering from Postpartum depression and anxiety pretty severely.
Because I was at home alone with my son hours upon end and my husband was struggling too with the stress of being the sole bread-winner in the family, working 12 + hours a day on over-time with very little sleep because we now had a newborn, isolation created a breeding-ground for the darkness of depression.
It is has now been one year since I had my son, and I can say that I have recovered from the grips of PPD/PPA. I’m still on the road to recovery regarding my over-all hormonal health, but I know where to draw strength from, all the while, keeping a team of faith people around me.
No matter our circumstances, we must allow our fruit to ripen or mature, and even when it may seem hopeless, you are anchored to Jesus, the Vine, our Hope and you will see abundance once again.
Be grateful for the little fruit you do have, but don’t stay there, let the Vine-dresser care for you until you are strong enough to feed others. You can trust God’s love, joy (the joy of the LORD is your strength- Nehemiah 8:10), peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, self control will carry you. The Spirit bears all these things. The Holy Spirit lives on the inside of us and can release whatever fruit we need to endure those winter seasons.
If you have embraced Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have already been given the fruit of the Spirit in seed form. You need to create a good environment for them to grow. Sometimes we can’t control our environmental conditions on the outside, but we can always control the conditions on the inside.
ABIDING IN THE VINE
Like I said above, in the winter, root systems of trees grow deeper. In a spiritual season of winter this is the purpose of how God uses the trial. The deeper our root system grows, the stronger our foundation and the winds and storms of life cannot knock us down.
The moment we disconnect from the Vine, we are disconnected from our very life source. We drink in that living water of the Word to keep from drying up. He is the very nutrients we need to stay alive and continue to bear good fruit. Our fruit will wither and eventually die and our spirit man will become very weak if we try to go off on our own with Christ. If we don’t have any love, we can’t give it out to others. Peace, joy, etc.
Abiding in the Vine requires humility, trust, faith and patience that fruit will mature and grow the longer we are abiding and the nutrients will continue to flow for us to yield food for the hungry .
The water of the Word is a river, continually flowing, never stagnant. If we don’t read the Word or pray every day, we are trying to drink from a low water supply. You are called to be an oak of righteousness (Isaiah 61:3) planted by the river of God, and a little water brook won’t be able to keep you hydrated for a long period of time! Drink deep!
UNKEPT HEART CLEAN UP
Not only do you have to keep weeds from choking out the seed of God’s word, you just must care for the fruit that you do have. Again, protect your heart from cares of the world. If upkept, weeds will start to grow wild and bugs will start to invade fruit.
Father God is the only One who can prune us, but we must allow Him to. Pruning yields a maximum harvest so that more fruit will grow. It may look like we are losing possessions, relationships, activities, etc but the Lord is only trying to get more fruit out of your life.
Endure the pruning process and you will see a bountiful harvest of lasting fruit! #beFruitful Click To Tweet
Remember, bearing lasting, good fruit is a lifetime process! But keep ABIDING IN THE LIFE SOURCE, JESUS!
Bearing Good Fruit that Remains (Part 1)
October 14, 2015
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is John 15.
Two very important verses found in that passage speak of a commandment from Jesus:
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another. (John 15:16-17)
The fruit Jesus is mentioning in John 15 is the fruit of the Spirit, which begins, most importantly, with the fruit of love (Galatians 5:22-23).
But how do we bear spiritual fruit that remains like Jesus is commanding?
Well, I think we need to briefly look at the process of agriculture to discover more behind this commandment.
IT ALL STARTS WITH A SEED.
In Luke 8, Jesus compares the Word of God to a seed in the parable of the sower:
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. (Luke 8:11 NKJV)
The seed is completely useless (unless it is an edible seed, of course) if it stays in a packet or bag; it must sown into the ground to have a fighting chance of growing into a plant, tree, fruit, or vegetable.
So where do we sow the seed of God’s Word in our lives?
The parable of the sower in Luke 8 (also found in Matthew 13:1-8, Mark 4:1-9) tells us that the Word of God must be sown into the heart of a person. In other words, the heart is the ground or soil.
Four types of soil Jesus discusses:
- The Wayside/Foot path
- The Rock/Stony places
- Good Ground/Soil
Obviously the best soil for the Word of God is good ground.
What is good ground?
Well, in the natural, this would be soil that has been tilled and ready to receive the seed that the farmer is spreading. The farmer makes sure that it is cultivated and kept moist.
The worst thing that the farmer could allow to happen is for the ground to become hardened or full of weeds.
Jesus explains good ground as “those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15 NKJV).
There is a key word in that scripture that sticks out to me: “keep.”
This word is also found in another part of that Bible that gives instruction about of our heart.
Proverbs 4:23 tells us to:
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. (NKJV)
When I reflect on what the word “keep” means in this verse, I often think of the opposite word “unkept.”
If something is unkept, is is usually a mess and not cared for- an upkept room, an unkept flower patch, or unkept nails.
So if we are to keep our heart with all diligence, we are supposed to continually care for it, protect it, and make sure it is pure and ready to receive God’s Word (Truth) at all times. We must avoid allowing our hearts to become the other three soils Jesus talks about:
Those by the WAYSIDE are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on THE ROCK are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among THORNS are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. (Luke 8:12-14)
Are you making sure your heart is kept and cultivated for the seed of the Word to grow and bear good fruit?
Are you allowing the enemy to immediately steal the Word you just heard by yielding to him and his ways?
Are you making sure your heart remains soft and pliable, guarding it from bitterness or un-forgiveness?
Are you allowing the cares of this world, the riches of this world, and the pleasures of this life crowd your heart with nasty weeds that choke out the potential fruit?
If you can answer yes to the last three questions, chances are the fruit that people can see in your life isn’t very reflective of Jesus and His Kingdom.
What comes out of your mouth is the first indicator of what condition your heart is in. Jesus tell us:
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45 NKJV)
The words you speak should be life-giving, good, and full of compassion; they should always line up with what God’s speaks of in His Word and should always point others to Jesus.
Sometimes this is easier for us when everything in life is going well: all our bills are paid and we have plenty of money in the bank, we have great health, and our relationships are strong.
Regardless of our circumstances, we should always be yielding good fruit. #befruitful Click To Tweet
In the storms and trials, the fruit that is reflected in our lives should be vibrant and fresh to “eat” for all we come in contact with. After all, the fruit we produce is not for us, but for others.
So how do we make sure our good fruit remains fresh and alive in those difficult seasons of our life?
In Part 2, I will discuss how we endure the winter seasons and ensure our fruit lasts.
Max Lucado’s GLORY DAYS- A Review
October 1, 2015
As an avid reader and writer, you’d think I would never attempt to judge a book by its cover. Although Max Lucado’s newest release, Glory Days, is a lovely hard-back book with a very simple, yet bold appearance, I have to be honest, when I read the sub-title, I was already imagining what I was in for before I ever even cracked the book open.
“Living you promised land life now” sounded a lot like another book that I read early on in my walk with the Lord by a very well-known American pastor. The longer I have walked with the Lord and read my Bible, this idea of making your life here on earth the best life you will ever experience, has definitely left a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t know about you, but I believe that heaven will be far better than any life we could live here in this fallen world.
But like I said, after diving into Mr. Lucado’s newest release, I realized that I did indeed judge this book by its cover…
…And I was so wrong about my initial judgement!
Once I discovered that Glory Days was in fact a journey through the book of Joshua, I got really excited. I’m currently doing a One-Year Bible reading plan with the YouVersion Bible App and wouldn’t you know it, I am smack-dab in the middle of reading Joshua! This made my experience reading Glory Days that much more glorious for me because Mr. Lucado did a tremendous job beefing up my Bible study and helping me see where I could fit into this story of standing on God’s promises!
Using personal stories, including his own, as well as examples from other characters in the Bible, the often grueling process of making it through some of the Old Testament books came alive for me and made me eager to learn more about Joshua’s adventures leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. I was also able to grasp a deeper understanding as to what God wanted for my life here on earth by using principles mapped out in Joshua such as the meaning of inheritance, listening to God’s instruction, failure, not trusting in material possessions, praying boldly, and remembering that the battle belongs to the Lord, among many others.
This book stands alone as a thought-provoking read, but it can also be used as Bible study tool. I definitely plan on using the reflection questions in the back of the book as a Bible study resource while I continue to travel through the book of Joshua.
Also found in the back of the book is an added bonus- Mr. Lucado and his publishing team decided to include a preview of his upcoming daily devotional, God is with You Everyday, which is scheduled to release in December 2015.
As a part of Max’s book team through Family Christian, I’m looking forward to reviewing that devotional in the coming months and sharing it with you, my readers.
In the meantime, grab your copy of Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now today at Family Christian and discover more of the promises God has for you. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
Also available: a companion study guide and DVD study!
*I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Max Lucado’s LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN- A Review
May 24, 2015
BBQs. Swimming pools. Road trips. And…
I can’t think of a better gift for a new grad than a memorable book by Max Lucado full of encouragement for this new season in their life-
And Let the Journey Begin: Finding God’s Best for Your Life is that book!
Whether that special person is graduating high school and will soon begin a new journey in college or they are graduating college and entering the work force, this book is full of godly wisdom and guidance perfect for every day devotional time or just a quick uplifting word during times of uncertainty. The book is small enough to tuck away in a bag so they can have encouragement wherever they go!
Mr. Lucado has a knack for one liners and this book is full of them, which are highlighted before every chapter. Above all, he points the reader to the One who will help them along the path of their new journey in life, making sure they know God will lead the way into His very best for them!
In this updated version, there has been a place added for personal goals, prayers, and scripture which are great for times of reflecting in their journal.
There is even a dedication page in the front of the book where you can add a personal touch for that special grad in your life!
Purchase this book today at Family Christian and let someone in Class of 2015 know how much they are loved by you and their Heavenly Father!
*I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Daughter of the King.
Wife. Stay-at-home momma.
Writer. Author. Speaker.
Hello there and welcome!
My name is Emily Rose Massey (as my website so cleverly lets you all know) and one of my greatest desires in life is to give God glory with my whole life! I long to point others closer to Jesus Christ and tell of His redemptive and transforming grace, as we discover more and more of our intended purpose here on this earth, all while learning what it means to glorify God with every fiber of our being!
It is by God’s grace that I can say that I have been forgiven of much, therefore I love much. Loving others, to me, is connecting them to a life of wholeness (nothing missing, nothing broken) that only can first be found in Jesus Christ.
- My life has been radically changed since I embraced the truth of the scandalous message of God’s grace, mercy, and love! (To read a little more about that, visit here).
- Through my BLOG, all of that may look like a devotional, while we dive into the Bible, (perhaps, a lesson on His grace because I always want to know more and more about that!), discussions on prayer , dreams, or Godly financial decision-making, book reviews, helpful ideas on natural alternatives regarding health and wellness (or what I like to call “God’s original design”), marriage advice, encouragement for other moms out there, or sharing some new worship music with you.
No matter the topic, I want to be a vessel for God’s truth and love, giving God all of the glory and all of my worship in every single word!
Because of my very own personal journey with discovering my identity in Jesus Christ by God’s grace, my heart is also to encourage anyone who has struggled with belonging and self-worth, and let them know that nothing will ever be able to satisfy like the Father’s love.
I live in St. Louis, MO with my husband, our furry son, and our two sweet princes, who I get the joy and privilege of watching grow up as I work from home as a freelance writer for various ministries and magazines.
I am a contributing writer to iBelieve.com and Crosswalk.com and a journalist with Grace Hill Media. My writing has also been featured in print publications such as Lifeway Women’s Journey Devotional Magazine (contributing writer since 2015) and Shattered Magazine.
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