A 21-Day Challenge to a Stronger Faith

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My family and I were watching the animated movie “Prince of Egypt” a few nights ago. If you aren’t familiar with it, it tells the story of Moses from the time he was a baby in a basket until he led God’s people out of Egypt. (It uses some artistic license and fudges on a few details, but is basically the true story and is a very entertaining movie, with a fabulous soundtrack.) When it got to the part about the burning bush, I turned to my husband and said, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could receive messages from God that clearly?”

As I thought later about that statement, I began to see that maybe He was giving me those clear messages, even if the shrubbery wasn’t on fire. Continue reading “A 21-Day Challenge to a Stronger Faith”

Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip (Day 5)

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Five Days in Paradise: My Trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian BahamasHello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian. I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Below is my report for Day 2.

You can see Day 1 here.

You can see Day 2 here.

You can see Day 3 here.

You can see Day 4 here.

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DAY 5: Headed home & final thoughts…

So we come to the very last day of our trip, which really wasn’t a full day. We woke up somewhat early to do our last-minute packing and, thankfully, had the breakfast buffet. It was again very good. We then went to the photo shop to look at the pictures from our photo shoot, as well as some snapshots that resort photographers had taken of us over the last four days. We ended up buying a few digital prints to go along with our free 5×7, which was from our dinner on the beach and was beautiful. Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip (Day 5)”

Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip (Day 4)

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Five Days in Paradise: My Trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian BahamasHello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian. I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Below is my report for Day 4.

You can see Day 1 here.

You can see Day 2 here.

You can see Day 3 here.

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DAY 4: Beach bumming & candle light dinner…

After a late night for both of us the night before, we decided to sleep a little later and order room service for breakfast. It came quickly, but was just okay. Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip (Day 4)”

Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 3)

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Five Days in Paradise: My Trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian BahamasHello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian. I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Below is my report for Day 3.

You can see Day 1 here.

You can see Day 2 here.

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase using one of the affiliate links.

DAY 3: Venturing outside the resort…

We had already decided that today would be a shopping day in downtown Nassau. We decided we would have a sit-and-be-served breakfast at Bacarrat, where we had such an enjoyable dinner earlier. The food itself was great, but service was a bit slow, and those same windows they sat us in front of for dinner a couple of nights earlier were brutal when the sun was pouring in from them in the morning. (Maybe they could add some shades for breakfast service?) We actually spent our indoor breakfast wearing sunglasses. Again, a sign that we should have eaten the buffet every day. Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 3)”

Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 2)

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Five Days in Paradise: My Trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian BahamasHello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian. I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Below is my report for Day 2.

You can see Day 1 here.

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase using one of the affiliate links.

DAY 2: Private Island Paradise

We slept in a bit the second morning…because we could! Unfortunately, I woke up with a major sore throat and just feeling a little puny. It would not bode well for the entire trip, but I tried really hard to be a trooper. Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 2)”

Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 1)

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Hello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian.

I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 1)”

Enthralling the King: Finding Our Worth in the One Who Made Us

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“Let the king be enthralled by your beauty…” – Psalm 45:11

Let me be completely real with you right now. I’ve never thought of myself as beautiful. Even as a child, I was the tomboy who never cared that much about what I wore or what my hair looked like. I had two best friends growing up and I always thought they were so beautiful. I was the frumpy one.

I had many other good qualities, which I realized even back then. I was smart and made good grades. I was creative. I was always involved in sports, yearbook, drama, chorus. I knew that I could sing well from the time I was little. But physically attractive? Nah. Continue reading “Enthralling the King: Finding Our Worth in the One Who Made Us”

Being Audacious: Why Aren’t We Bolder in Prayer?

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Do you ever sometimes wish you could be more like your children? I’m not talking about grown-up children. I mean the little ones. And not just in the child-like faith that Jesus talks about in Scripture.

My little guy is bold. He has absolutely no trouble asking for exactly what he wants. (Seriously, he is precise. “Mommy, can I have three gummy bears, please. No, two. No, three. Yes, three gummy bears.”) Continue reading “Being Audacious: Why Aren’t We Bolder in Prayer?”

My Papa and His Sunday Morning Victory: The Hope Found in Easter

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“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed…” – Luke 23:44-45a (ESV)

I have to admit to you that I don’t have the greatest memory known to man. But there are certain events, and even particular moments, I remember from the distant past that are as real to me as if they had happened yesterday. One of those moments was the morning that Papa Henry died. Continue reading “My Papa and His Sunday Morning Victory: The Hope Found in Easter”

Trusting God With Our Treasures

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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 (ESV)

My husband and I just returned from a five-day trip to the Bahamas, which he earned through his job. It was certainly one of those “dream vacations” that you imagine you might be able to take someday. We went to an all-inclusive resort where we were pretty much treated like royalty from the first minute. We stepped off the shuttle that had brought us from the airport and were greeted with lemon-scented, cool, wet towels, and then ushered into a beautiful reception area where we didn’t have to stand in line to check in. Continue reading “Trusting God With Our Treasures”