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Under His Protection

I had this blog post composed in my head for a week  now, since we returned from the Teach Them Diligently Convention. We had lost our two ducks while away…and so, these were my thoughts…

The kids and I always talk about the animals and how God made them lower than humans. They are not equal with us as we are made in God’s image. So the lesson I tried to teach them after our ducks were lost, was that when the ducks escaped it was a picture of what happens when we follow our instincts (flesh) and not our Protector.

You see those ducks had no way of knowing that the reason we kept them cooped up while we were away was for their own good. They were just adamant on getting out to see what was on the other side. So they followed their instinct to keep searching for more and escaped. Unfortunately, they met their demise at some point out there without the protection we had given them.

And God is our protector. When we live under His will and His way for us, we are safe from all that lurks out there seeking to destroy us. We must fight our inner battle and fight our flesh that tells us at times to go explore outside of His Protection. We need to fight our need to find out if the “grass is greener” elsewhere.

So, I have been thinking on those thoughts for the past week and really thought it was a perfect picture of how I am thankful that, unlike those animals, God has given us His wisdom to learn from and His Spirit to guide us.

Then this morning, the lesson seemed to be taken a bit further…

I went to open the chicken door for the morning and as I approached I noticed they were already outside. I thought perhaps Steve had already let them out before work, but as I approached I started to see a trail of feathers.

My stomach sank because I knew what this meant. I looked in the coop and there was a big pile of feathers and a trail of feathers leading from the pile all the way to the woods. Apparently the chickens were put away last night but their coop door was never shut and something came in and took one of them.

Sad lesson. Hard lesson.

So in contemplating the lesson we learned about the ducks…how did this fit in? 

What happens when the one protecting fails? And they are left vulnerable?

Ah….but this doesn’t happen in God’s protection. He wouldn’t forget to shut the door. Praise the Lord, we worship a God who can not forget!

The lesson here is we are human. We make mistakes. Costly mistakes. 

God can’t. He will protect us always. And isn’t that a wonderful place to be?




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Stop Comparing and Live the Life God Gave You • Ep 85

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Today’s podcast is a topic I address often but it never seems to be enough. So many women are living a life comparing to others. I, myself, included have done this yet the past few years I have really come to terms that God has created each of us to live a life uniquely designed for His purpose. We all have a different role to play, and when I look to what someone else is doing I am denying the unique role God has set apart for me in His perfect plan. My life isn’t supposed to look like anyone else’s and that is exciting! We actually are sinning when we begin to look at someone else’s home, marriage, kids, or whatever it is and desire it for ourselves. There is a difference between admiring and coveting.

My ministry, my family, my home…none of it is supposed to look like anyone else’s. As long as I am following God in all I do, then I am content in that.

The one thing we all do have as a common purpose is to glorify God in all we do! Yet, how we do that in each of our lives may look different. Stop looking to others lives and start living yours! It is uniquely designed by God to glorify Him in all you do!


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He Split the Sea So We Could Walk (or Drive) Right Through it!

Where do I even being to sum up all that this past week entailed?

God has once again truly amazed me!

We spent the past five days on the road for Teach Them Diligently in Nashville. The weeks leading up to it were filled with anxiety for me (God is working on me though!) And the week before our entire area was hit with a Nor’easter. My entire (little) town was without power and much of the surrounding area. Miraculously, we were one of the only homes that did not lose power. We lost a very large tree but thankfully there was no damage.

Once that storm cleared, it was time to get ready to leave for TTD. Until, the weather predicted yet ANOTHER Nor’easter coming- and this one seemed doomed to be even worse than the first, with up to 2 feet of snow predicted for some areas. We were unsure if we would make it out this time. We had planned on leaving on Wednesday morning at 4 am and driving all day until Nashville. It is about a 13-14 hour drive. Well, on Tuesday the predictions were that by morning on Wednesday we would already be snowed in, as now the storm was slated to begin at 7pm Tuesday night. We then made the decision to leave and drive through the storm until we could get to the other side, rest for the night and go on to Nashville.

At 7 pm we were standing in our driveway as the snowflakes started to fall. With my anxiety at peak levels, I was pretty much convinced we would not be able to get to Nashville. So, Steve prayed in the car. He prayed that God would make a way and that God would “split the sea so we could get through.”

We started driving and the snow actually stopped.  I checked the live radar on my phone and it went from this:

To this:

The storm literally split open and we were going right through a clear path!

I actually put my phone down and screamed! I was completely in shock and awe. God LITERALLY answered our prayer right before my eyes.

We made it all the way to Virginia that night with NO SNOW. A bit of drizzle here and there but overall, nothing! We spent the night in a hotel and continued on the next day.

I still am in shock and awe. My faith has grown exponentially in just that experience. I know that when God calls you to do something, He will see it thorough no matter what. I had so much peace on the trip the whole time after that.

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