Love Lives Here

In Love Lives Here, Maria Goff is a strong Christian woman who explores what she needs in a world telling you what you want. She shares stories of heartache and love, struggles and joy, talking to the reader as if they are a friend. Pick up this book if you need encouragement in life’s daily tasks.

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Monsters

Once upon a time, in the very recent past, there was a girl who was consumed by Monsters.

Wait, pause. We need to learn more about the Monsters in this story. These Monsters aren’t the typical monsters of books and movies, but rather Monsters that are around us everyday. They have actually been known to surround us without us even realizing it due to our attraction to their ways. They start out as cute little things, but can grow into large Beasts.

Continuing on. During the day, the girl’s Monsters followed her around, but she managed to keep them hidden. At night though, oh, at night they came out. You see, these Monsters thrive in the dark. They attack in unexpected ways, biting you when you sometimes don’t even realize it.

This girl, in her ever drifting ways, was an easy target for the Monsters. At first, she wasn’t well aware of them. During the day she was the teacher’s pet, but at night she was the life of the party. Her stories of her life were almost so unbelievable that her friends joked she should write them all down in a book that would most likely become a best-seller. The problem, though, was that in writing them down, her Monsters would become visible to the world. They begged her to keep them a secret.

Moving around in her days, her Monsters were getting worse and worse about remaining hidden. You see, these Monsters have an ego. They want to be perceived as life, but they are darkness. They yearn to be seen without truly being seen. Before she knew it, the girl was being drowned by her Monsters, and she was silently screaming for a life free of them, not even realizing exactly how free of them she needed to be.

It didn’t take long for her hidden Monsters to begin revealing themselves. Eventually the Monsters began creeping into the daylight, wondering what it would feel like to risk being noticed. They wanted fame. Sneaky as they are though, they masked themselves even when slightly revealing themselves during the day. You have to have a trained eye to see them.

Carrying on through her days, the girl was seeking freedom, yearning to stand firm without her Monsters crawling all over her. They weighed her down. It took her being knocked down multiple times, but eventually she was torn free from her Monsters. Their masks were ripped off and they were revealed in the Light. She was finally able to stand up to her Monsters with the Light holding her hand, pulling her into a warm embrace.

Now, her Monsters still try to pester her, trying to get her to let them back in. They nip at her ankles and scurry through her mind. The Monsters try to tear her down and hide from the Light, but she knows better. Because of the Light, she is no longer slave to the Monsters. She has found Freedom.

Dear readers, you may have caught on by now to the characters in this story. The Monsters are the enemy, wearing many disguises that we may seek for without necessarily realizing it: popularity. alcohol. food. drugs. money. That’s just naming a few. Many Monsters lurk around without their hosts even realizing they are there.

But what about the Light? Who is this Light character? The Light is the victor of this story: Jesus.

In this story, Jesus ripped the enemy off of the girl and pulled her towards Him. He revealed her Monsters, revealed the enemy. He is our Savior. Our Lover. Our Protector. He wants to yank the Monsters off of you and pull you into Him.

Friends, this is just a little description of how Jesus saved me. He saved me from my Monsters.

Will you let Him fight your Monsters for you?

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” John 8:12

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Reading Challenge

Hi friends! I have a bit of a reading challenge for you, but not in the normal reading challenge sense. You see, I have noticed this problem with people taking every author at their word and not challenging the text. More specifically, I see all too often people who love Jesus taking a book author’s viewpoint and running with it without viewing it through a biblical lens. I myself have fallen prey to this mentality way too many times, so I want to help you out in your exploration of books.

Here’s my challenge: when reading a book, take in the message and see how it applies to living a life following Jesus.

Here are some practical questions to ask yourself while reading:
Does this line up with what I know to be True?
Does scripture back up this thought?
How can I take this concept and apply it to my life while showing others the love of Christ?

I applied these questions to a book I recently read, and oh wow did it transform how I absorbed what I was reading. I was able to interact with the text on a whole new level, which helped me take in and process the book in ways I never would have before.

I would love to know: what are some thoughts/skills you apply to your own reading?

One Little Word

As we’re wrapping up 2018, many people have been posting on social media about the one little word they’ve chosen to follow in 2019. I remember last year many people chose the word flourish, and this year I’ve seen people yet again choosing motivating words such as determined, brave, and present, amongst many others. I’ve stressed over this more than I probably should have, considering words such as fearless and comfort, but then I happened upon this quote while reading Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson: work the Word for the Word to work.”

IMG_8977That’s when it hit me.

My word of 2019 is word.

Strange, I know, but word encompasses so much of what I would like to focus on in 2019.

I want to dive deeper into studying the Word of God and be able to live out His Truth during both times of joy and struggle.

I want to be more aware of the words I use towards others, cultivating words of kindness and respect.

I want to continue to use words as my creative platform, watching them pour out into my journal and blog.

It really just makes so much sense for my word to be word. It’s an odd choice, but I love it. I’m excited to focus on my word and to see how much I grow and change in 2019.

Word is my word.

Also I would love to know: what did you decide as your one little word of 2019?

Thirty-One Prayers for my Husband

Ladies, Thirty-One Prayers for my Husband is a wonderful resource to own. Jennifer Smith writes in prayers you can pray word for word, but she also includes journaling space. Each prayer has is given a subject and Bible verse, so you can reference it when you’re needing help in praying a certain topic over your husband. As a newlywed, this book was incredibly helpful in opening my eyes to different areas in which my husband might need prayer, and I know this will be a book I reference frequently.

Headlights

I’m one of those people who prefer things to be my way. I guess you could call me a bit of a control freak. (And I think it’s safe to say quite a few of you reading this probably feel the same way.) I often find myself questioning God’s plan for my life, wondering what in the world He could have up His sleeve for this journey.

As of lately it seems like He’s asking me this question more and more: “Do you trust Me?” My initial response is usually, “Well yes God, of course I trust you.”

But then I dig deeper…

Do I really trust Him?

Do I really trust that He’ll lead me to places that are best for me, even when I don’t see it?

One of my favorite quotes for the past few years has been, “You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the entire trip that way.” (Shout out to E. L. Doctorow for your wise words!) He speaks so much truth in that statement.

Isn’t that how life works? You can’t see far into your future, but you’ll make it.

If you’re like me though, this can be pretty dang tough. I want to know now what God has planned for me. It’s so difficult to give up the small sense of control I think I have of my life.

Friends and fellow control freaks like me, I want to encourage you to keep pursing God and His will for your life. Have an open heart, open mind, and open ears. Take pit stops to fill up with gas, but stay on the journey laid out ahead of you. As difficult as it sometimes may be, trust our Navigator.

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lost heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1

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I Believe…

Hi friend!

So you found your way onto my blog… Fantastic! You’re probably wondering what this blog is all about. Let me share a bit about what I believe:

I believe in dancing in the rain.

I believe in being the voice for those without.

I believe in helping others find their voice.

I believe education goes beyond the classroom.

I believe coffee is life support.

I believe in love.

I believe in loving those who long for love.

I believe in loving those who deny love.

And most importantly, I believe God’s love is the most beautiful, the most precious, love.

This love of God’s, this love so full and complete we cannot fathom its depths, I believe every single soul longs for it. I also believe that not everyone knows this love is what he or she is searching for in this world.

This brings me to my goal of this blog:

Love Him and love His.

How do we love others without first loving God? I believe we don’t. I believe the way we authentically love others
is by first loving Love Himself.

“’Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all y
our soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:36-39

Thanks for reading! I would love to know, what are your thoughts on love?design.png