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December 31, 2020

New Year, New You

By: Vanessa Bonilla 

5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Happy New Year! 

It’s so strange that the same twenty-four-hour change that happens everyday of the year, changes something in us on the final day of the year. We immediately have this deep desire for more. We start to think up ways to be better than we have been. We condemn ourselves for not meeting last year’s goals. We become anxious about tomorrow. This anxiety is like a loud nagging voice yelling 

DO MORE! BE MORE! EXPERIENCE MORE! 

The most common new year’s resolutions are: 

  1. Exercise more 
  1. Save money 
  1. Eat healthily 
  1. Lose weight 

Do these goals sound familiar? They definitely do to me! My family and I sit down to make goals every year and I have written each one of those for the past two years. Unfortunately, I have failed at meeting them two years in a row. 

This year will be different! 

Will I somehow meet all of these goals? No, instead I’ve set my sights on new goals: 

  1. Strength 
  1. Wisdom 
  1. A joyful heart 
  1. Enlightened mind 
     

I can meet these goals! So can you! All we have to do is make quiet time in 2021 our greatest priority. Time in the word of God gets us all these things. Psalm 19 tells us God’s laws, his rules, his commands are perfect, they can be trusted and they are right. When we believe that, we get to accomplish these goals. We get to shut down the loud nagging voice and hear the voice of God whispering draw near

In Luke 12 we see Jesus talking to the people, sharing with them the cure for an anxious heart. Which one of us has not been tempted by anxiety at some point in 2020? But, if everything were to stay the same in the world, the sickness, the mistrust, the injustices, what do we do? We trust what is right, the word of God! 

Worry doesn’t add a day to our lives. The word says the world eagerly seeks out the “how” in everything but our trust leads us to believe the Father knows what we need and provides. Not only does he provide, He delights in giving us eternal things along with the temporal things. There isn’t anything evil about the first list of goals, they are excellent goals to have, but in pursuing things over pursuing God we get nothing in the end. But when we pursue God and His kingdom all these things will be added unto us. 

Here is my prayer for 2021, 

Lord lead me to your feet daily, give me the strength to do the things that will bring you the most glory and will kill my selfish nature. Give me wisdom through your word to know what is of you and what isn’t. May I find joy in you and my mind be enlightened by the light of your word. “Cleanse me from my hidden faults, keep my from willful sins; do not let them rule me. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:13-14 


Vanessa is the daughter of a Pastor, baby of six and a homeschooling mom of five. Married to her wonderful husband of eight years, they serve in their local church together. She loves fresh fruit, nights by the fire pit, and time with friends and family. Vanessa has watched God do amazing things in her life. Assaulted at a young age, teen mom and the survivor of an abusive marriage left her life in pieces. Today she stands restored and uses the testimony of brokenness to help build others and encourage women to discover the fullness of a relationship with God.

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December 29, 2020

Joy Unspeakable Joy

By: Tiffany Joy Layton

When Christmas rolls around each year, a particular song plays in my head. Many years ago, the worship team I was on at the time, first introduced this song to me: a variation of Joy to the World by Chris Tomlin called Joy Unspeakable Joy. The chorus is simple and repetitive, but for some reason, all these years later, it’s still in my head. 

“Joy, Unspeakable Joy 
An overflowing well  
No tongue can tell 
Joy Unspeakable Joy 
Rises in my soul, never lets me go” 

Why is this time of the year so focused on joy, especially within Christianity? Think about this with me for a moment. For hundreds of years God’s people were promised a Savior and Messiah. The One who would save and redeem them. When Jesus was born, it wasn’t just about a perfect baby being born. It was a long-awaited fulfillment of prophecy. I can only imagine the joy that welled up inside of those who realized who Jesus truly was! 

“Joy to the world, the Lord has come 
Let earth receive her King. 
Let every heart prepare Him room 
And Heaven and nature sing… 
He rules the world with truth and grace 
And makes the nations prove 
The glories of His Righteousness 
And wonders of His Love…” 

As we close out this year and look on to a new year ahead, I want to embrace and implement the lyrics to this song. I want to respond with great joy all year long and not just at Christmas. As I read through the lyrics of Joy unspeakable Joy, I found myself questioning how often I truly reflect on these truths and if I respond to these things sufficiently. Is my life expressing the joy and worship that my Savior is due? 

The Lord Has Come 

Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like to live during the Bible times. What did it feel like when the Messiah, that generations had been waiting for, was finally born? Would I have been one of the few who acknowledged that He was the Savior? But then I think about how I am acknowledging that today. The truth is: THE LORD HAS COME!!! And my response to that truth should be the same as the angels, shepherds, and wise men that glorious night! 

“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those whom God is pleased.’” Luke 2:13-14 NLT 

The entire purpose of Christ coming to earth was to ‘seek and save those who are lost.’ (Luke 19:10 NLT). Jesus’ unmatched glory, coupled with His mission to seek out and save the lost, provoked the angels to worship, and it should provoke me to do the same. 

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room 

What does it mean to prepare room in our hearts for the Lord? What does that look like? This line in the song is possibly the most applicable to Quiet Time. When the Lord came, the world didn’t receive Him the way they should have. From His birth through the rest of His life, there were those who either did not believe He was the Messiah, or who even tried to kill Him. The cheery sing-along line of this happy song holds a lot more weight than it seems. 

“He came into the very world He created, but the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. But to all who believed and accepted Him, He gave the right to become Children of God… So the Word [Jesus] became human and made His home among us.”  John 1:10-12; 14 NLT 

I wonder how often I may not recognize Him in my daily life. How often do I barrel through my busy schedule (or even my Quiet Time) without truly stopping to believe Him at His Word, trust Him in the small and big things, or worship Him in all things throughout the day? Making room for Him in our hearts means we must acknowledge and accept all of who He is. It means we must slow down enough to actually go through our day with Him as the focus. It means we must rid ourselves of unconfessed sin so the home in our hearts is ready for Him. 

He Rules with Truth and Grace 

“For from His fullness we have all received grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:16-17 ESV 

I recently listened to a sermon discussing how Jesus deals with us in grace and truth, and that we should deal with one another in the same way. When I read this line I immediately thought of that sermon. One without the other would create disorder. If there were only ever grace, we would all likely have no convictions of sin and believe that our gracious salvation excludes us from the consequence of sin, therefore no need for repentance or obedience. If there were only Truth, it would be as it was in the Old Testament with the law: Constant fear of punishment for our sins. We would all be seeking perfection rather than the freedom of a relationship with Him. I rejoice that Jesus came to this world to offer us both grace and truth! 

Nations Prove the Glories of His Righteousness and Love 

There are several passage throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, discussing how all of creation proves the glory of God. I love this truth. Understanding that He causes all of creation to acknowledge and worship His glory is so powerful and comforting. 

“The heavens proclaim His righteousness; every nation sees His glory.” 
Psalm 97:6 NLT 

One of my favorite stories in the Bible regarding this topic is found in Luke 19. As Jesus and His disciples were walking, they all began worshiping Him! 

“‘Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Preface in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’ But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, ‘Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!’ He replied, ‘If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!’” Luke 19:38-40 NLT 

This passage always makes me smile. I imagine the looks on the Pharisees’ faces. I imagine the confidence in Jesus’ voice. He will have His praise one way or another! My prayer is that stone will never have to cry out on my account. I pray I will always be His disciple and worship Him as I go about my day. 

Repeat the Sounding Joy 

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15:11 NLT 

I thought for a while about what it practically looked like to ‘repeat the sounding Joy.’ It’s not exactly a figure of speech we use often. My resolve concluded at this: to repeat the sounding joy is to live a life overflowing with the Joy of the Lord. This is what ties it all together! The understanding that the Lord has come, the practice of making room for Him in our hearts, the blessing of His grace and His truth, and the evidence of His glory in creation all should come to a resounding crescendo of overwhelming joy! 

This joy given to us by the Lord Himself is not defined by human understandings of happiness. It is an overflow of our gratitude for the Messiah Whose great love motivated Him to come in grace and truth to save the lost. I am taught how to ‘repeat’ the sounding joy by following the Psalmist example of meditating on the Lord and His truth. By creating daily habits of reflection on Him, we are not only filled with joy overflowing, but we posture ourselves to instinctively respond in worship. 

I pray the next time you hear any variation of Joy to the World it will have an entirely new meaning to you. I pray we would all be reminded of how magnificent the coming of our Lord truly was and that we would be prompted to give Him the worship He is due all year long. As we close out this rather difficult year, there is one thing that has remained steadfast and true. The Savior and Messiah of the world came to earth, lived perfectly, and pursued us in the unity of love, grace, and truth all the way to the completion of the cross and grave. Oh, what Joy to the World, what Unspeakable Joy, what a reason to overflow with joy! 


Tiffany was born and raised in central Alabama and earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology while residing in Mobile AL. She then moved back to her hometown and met her husband while working as a barista in a local coffee shop! Tiffany and her husband Lex have now been married for 6 years and have both service in several different church staff positions. She is a proud dog mom and loves coffee, songwriting, art, Japanese/Thai foods, sunsets, and spending the day at the lake/beach! Tiffany is passionate about helping women deepen their understanding of Scripture through Bible study and quiet time, and as a result, creating lasting discipleship!

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December 24, 2020

Advent: What to do with the In-between

By: Hannah Fatheree

I’m sitting on the couch watching Elf, enjoying a bowl of popcorn, and listening to the crackle of the logs in the fireplace. I glance at our beautifully-lit Christmas tree in the corner with all the presents wrapped, ready to be opened. Excitement rushes through my veins because I can’t wait to have my family together on Christmas morning, hopefully it will even be snowy. 

In the midst of the Holiday anticipation, I started to realize that my focus this season has mostly been on worldly celebrations. This year has taken a lot from all of us: routine, certainty, normalcy, etc. I got so wrapped up in feeling normal again: pursuing our Christmas traditions, buying gifts, and decorating, that I lost sight of why we pause, reflect, and rejoice this time of year. 

This Advent season, I started reading a daily devotional, to take me through what Advent means and how it still shapes our lives to this day. Advent is the celebration of Jesus coming into this world and our anticipation of His second coming. 

We can infer from Luke 1:29 that Mary felt uneasy when she discovered she would be the earthly mother of Jesus. Uneasiness would be more than understandable, and I can only imagine the weight and pressure she must have felt. The angel Gabriel encourages Mary stating she had found favor with God and Jesus would be the Son of the Most High (Luke 1:32). In the first coming, Jesus was born to serve as the atonement of our sins, rescuing us from the punishment we deserve (John 3:16). Jesus’ birth signified the opportunity to spend eternity with Him, but the work doesn’t stop there. 

While we don’t know when He will return, scripture tells that the second coming will bring healing, restoration and righteousness. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is King (Philippians 2:10-11). 

As we anticipate His second coming, we’re faced with a question: What do we do with the in-between? We know what happened and what will happen, but how we spend this time in between matters. We’re called to live out scripture and bear much fruit, but what does that mean for our day-to-day lives? 

  1. Take root in Him. To have a relationship with Jesus, we must seek Him with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13). It’s important to remember that His ways are higher than our ways, and His plan is far better than our plan. Rooting yourself in Jesus includes frequent prayer, time in the Word, time in community, and worship. Set up specific times each day to dive in the Word, worship on your way to school or work, or join a small group. 
  1. Make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). Share His name and glory with those around you: classmates, coworkers, friends and family. A big testimony to those individuals includes sharing what He has done in your life and how He has radically changed you. We should desire to share the freedom we have experienced only through Christ. If you’re not sure who to share with, pray for God to plant the right people in your life. 
  1. Be in the world but not of the world. What we have on Earth is only temporary. Remember that we live differently when we follow Jesus. We speak a language of love, leading with grace and landing in truth. 
  1. Don’t simply enjoy what He’s done, but engage in what He’s doing. It’s easy to sit back and delight in His goodness, but don’t stop there! Jesus can do far more in you when you’re engaged. You’ll be amazed at all that He’s doing when you take a front row seat. 

We live between His promise and His rescue. As we wrap up the Advent season and prepare for a new year, I challenge you to think about where your focus has been lately. Maybe you’re like me and have desired to obtain normalcy and that desire has created further distraction from your purpose. Or maybe this season has been extremely tough and it’s difficult to remember His promises. Regardless of where you’re at, consider and pray what your next step should be as we anticipate His second coming. 


Hannah currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband Taylor and works as an event planner. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the Smoky Mountains, training for marathons, or sipping on a cup of coffee with friends. Hannah is passionate about helping others find Biblical community in their season of life. Through Captivating Community, she seeks to encourage and equip women in their walk with Christ.

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December 17, 2020

Christmas Changes Our Quiet Time

By: Katie Stone

Has Christmas changed your quiet time? 

I know it sounds like a strange question. You might not think Christmas has any direct impact on your quiet time. But it does. 

Before Christmas, the only way people could access God was through a system of priests and sacrifices. The high priest was the only one who could come into God’s presence without being destroyed. And he could only do that once a year after an extensive purification process and sacrifices. 

When God’s promised Savior, Jesus, came into the world, He became the ultimate sacrifice. He made sinful people righteous and opened a way for us to go directly to the holy God. 

We no longer need a priest or a sacrifice to have a relationship with God! 

However, many Christians continue to approach God in a similar way to the old testament Jews. We continue to look to other people to help us grow in our relationship with God, rather than going directly to God Himself through Jesus Christ. 

Before Christmas, people didn’t have a choice. They couldn’t access God directly. We can. 

We have unhindered, direct access to God: 

John, one of Jesus’ closest disciples, wrote about the time He saw Jesus in unveiled glory, seated in heaven. 

“One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.” (Revelation 1:13-17) 

No natural human can dream of approaching our holy God to talk to Him. 

The only reason we, as Christians, can approach God is because of Jesus. He laid aside His glory, clothed Himself in humanity, took upon Himself all of our sin, and died the death we deserved. Then, He took all of His righteousness and put it on everyone who accepts His sacrifice by faith. 

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus … let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22, emphasis mine) 

Yes, our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). Yet because of Jesus, we don’t need to be afraid to bring our requests to Him. We don’t need to fear worshiping at His feet. 

Christmas changed that. The holy God became a man and dwelt among us. For the first time in history, people beheld His glory and were not consumed. 

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) 

Because Jesus came to this earth, we can come directly to God. While other people like a pastor or mentor are helpful in discipleing us in our faith, we should never treat them as the Israelites treated the priest. A mentor is not a mediator between God and us. Jesus Christ is that mediator. 

God has made a way through Jesus for us to have direct, unhindered access to Himself. This is the most incredible, undeserved gift. 

We have the key to understanding the Bible 

In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul says, “until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed [only] in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil [of blindness] lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns [in repentance and faith] to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:14-16, AMP) 

Paul is saying that when people read the Old Testament, they cannot understand what it’s talking about. It’s like they have a veil over their eyes so they cannot see what is right in front of them. That veil is only taken away in Christ; when someone believes in Jesus, they can understand the law. 

To this day, the Jewish people debate the significance of the sacrifices and who the prophets are speaking about. For those of us who believe in Jesus Christ, there is no debate. Clearly, the sacrifices point to Jesus, and the promised Messiah is also Jesus!   

Jesus is the key to understanding the Bible. 

Again, while resources like this blog, books, and podcasts, are helpful tools in getting a deeper understanding of the Bible, we don’t need them to be nourished by God’s word. 

Jesus Himself gives us understanding. 

We have the key to the Word of God and access to the Person who wrote the book 

We don’t need someone else to help us understand the Bible anymore. We don’t need another person to help us connect to God. We can come directly to Jesus. He is more than willing to listen to our requests, to forgive us our sins, and to help us understand His word. 

This Christmas season, don’t waste this precious gift. Dive into your Bible asking Jesus to open your eyes to behold Him afresh. Come and worship boldly at His feet without fear. Pour out your heart to Him and give thanks that we can know Him intimately because of His Son Jesus Christ. 


Katie lives in a big city near the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Which means she loves a trendy coffee shop as much as the smell of campfire and pine. She currently works as a graphic designer/social media manager/content creator but is most happy while leading worship and discipling younger girls. At 16, Jesus transformed her quiet time from 10 minutes of duty into her favorite part of the day and ever since, Katie has had a passion to encourage and equip others to get into God’s word for the purpose and joy of knowing Jesus.

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December 3, 2020

When You Don’t Feel Christmassy at Christmas

By: Grace McCready 

Christmas is approaching oh-so-quickly, but perhaps you don’t feel very Christmassy. You know you should be joyful, peaceful, and grateful. But instead, you feel more like Charlie Brown. Can you relate? Perhaps the following thoughts have been repeating in your mind recently: 

Surely, at Christmas, I will want to tell the Prince of Peace about my struggles and give them over to Him.   

Surely, at Christmas, I will want to read God’s Word and be grateful for who He is and what He has done for me. 

Surely, at Christmas, I will want to bow before Christ the newborn King and worship Him. 

Thoughts like these worry your already-anxious heart. You don’t feel like you’re growing in your love for the Lord. Your relationship with God feels as stale as it did last Christmas, and you don’t know why.    

The beautiful decorations you see can’t change your mind. The special traditions you hold can’t change your heart. The gifts and goodies you buy can’t change your soul. 

Dear friend, please stop expecting a date on the calendar to transform you. Instead, expect the Creator of all days to take care of that in His timing; not on a certain day or within a certain time period. When He is ready—because that’s when you will be truly ready. 

I’ve written about Christmas many times over the years, and I keep returning to the same conclusion: it isn’t about emotions. The truth behind Christmas stays the same. Every. Single Year. Your feelings can’t change what it means or what God did for you on that special day. 

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was granted to us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher. For this reason I also suffer these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to protect what I have entrusted to Him until that day. (1 Timothy 1:8-12 NASB) 

I know this may seem like an odd passage to include in a Christmas-themed post. But I include it because I think it sums up the heart of our problem: we’re relying on our feelings to reveal who God is and who we are in Him. But maybe there’s more to Christmas than warm, fuzzy feelings. Because, as we all can attest as women, our feelings can change a hundred times throughout the day. 

If we know the One whom we have believed and if we are convinced that He will protect what we have entrusted to Him, then we can live with the uncomfortable emotions. We can trust that God is working in our hearts if we are allowing Him to, despite what our fickle feelings tell us. We can be okay with not feeling especially joyful or peaceful or grateful at Christmastime this year. Because emotions are fleeting, but the King of Kings is forever.      


Grace McCready is a senior in college who is studying business administration and communications. She enjoys writing, spending time with her family, and hanging out with friends. Her passion is for young women to live transparently and thrive during their single years. She blogs about the Christian life at Tizzie’s Tidbits of Truth.

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November 26, 2020

Living Out Thanksgiving

By: Tiffany Joy Layton

Thankful. Grateful. Gratitude. These are all words associated with today’s holiday. Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays, however, for most of us it is more about amazing spreads of food and fun family time than it is about being thankful. What does being thankful mean anyways? What does thankfulness look like? How do I know if I’m a person full of gratitude? How do I know if I’m not? 

In my opinion, having a thankful heart is one of the most overlooked commands of God. When we see yet another blog title on “thankfulness” we may internally roll our eyes or think ‘oh that doesn’t really apply to me’ or ‘I don’t need to learn about that, it’s easy’. But is it? Is gratitude an easy response? I know I have struggled to live a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Because it should be just that: a lifestyle. 
 
Thanksgiving isn’t just one day of the year for the Christian. When we become Christians, we are not only given the greatest reason to have a thankful heart, but we are commanded to practice gratitude in our everyday lives. 

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT 

Practical application has always been important to me when viewing Scripture. So, I made a checklist of sorts to determine if I have been truly living a lifestyle of thankfulness: 

  1. Am I thankful in correction and repentance

One word – OUCH. The short answer for many of us would likely be, “no, not too often”. However, a quick look into the Word can begin to change this gut reaction! 

“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you?  
Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” Romans 2:4 NLT 

Do I view correction and repentance through a worldly lens or a biblical one? Because I am finding the two are very different. Adjusting my heart to become grateful for the Lord’s (and other’s) correction will in turn cause me to find gratitude for moments of repentance. Repentance will no longer feel like a dreaded task I run from but rather a relief I can run towards! 

  1. Am I thankful in my worship and prayer

Worship and prayer are not complete without gratitude. The act of worship and prayer are far more about obedience than about my feelings. In my fallen humanity I so often can find myself reversing that order. While I may initially overlook the importance of this point, my goal should be to shape the posture of my heart to truly approach worship and prayer with thanksgiving and not merely out of habit. 

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.” Psalm 100:4 NLT 

“Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor Him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30 NLT 

  1. Am I thankful in trials and suffering? 

For me, this one has been the most life-changing to implement. I have quite a few health conditions. I have faced my share of suffering. The kind of suffering I would not wish on anyone. In addition, I struggle with fertility issues due to said health conditions. Can we say wound upon wound?  
I have spent many years feeling sorry for myself, feeling resentment, and discouragement. But you know what? All of a sudden one day I found myself feeling grateful. The refining and purifying work the Lord has done in my heart through this awful journey is not something I would trade for anything in this world. I am a better person because I have suffered. I have come to know for certain that my God has a perfect plan for my life and there is not anything in heaven or hell that can stop that plan from succeeding! I have often found comfort in His Word and I pray you will as well when you face various trials and sufferings. 

“Dear bothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So, let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT 

“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying.” Romans 12:12 NLT 

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold…” 1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT 

When suffering arises (because it will), I want to encourage you to look upwards instead of inwards. Look for the areas where God is refining and purifying you and offer up the best expression of gratitude you have in you! When I began to feel grateful for God using my trials to make me more Christ like, it changed everything! Gratitude enables us to clearly see the finish line on the journey of suffering

  1. Am I thankful in my natural responses to life? 

Does gratitude and thankfulness naturally rise up throughout all of life’s circumstances? I think sometimes we confuse thankfulness with happiness. They are most certainly not the same. It doesn’t make me feel happy to admit I’m wrong, but I am full of gratitude when the Lord corrects and forgives me. I am not happy when I am suffering through health issues and infertility. No one would be. But I am grateful for how God’s using it in me to accomplish His will. I’m not happy when my husband and I struggle financially or when we argue, but I am so thankful God uses those things (and each other!) to refine us and make us more Christ like. 

There is not a single circumstance in life to which one cannot find something to be thankful for. During seasons where I wanted to remain the victim this type of statement would have made me feel angry. We can often feel entitled to our pain. However, developing a heart full of thanksgiving can wash away a multitude of sins, temptations, and pain. A thankful heart brings all of life into focus. We must be committed to looking for opportunities to be thankful rather than opportunities to complain in despair! This is not only the path to true joy, but it is a command from God, over and over throughout Scripture. 

“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Colossians 4:2 NLT 

“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17 NLT 

“Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29 NLT 


Tiffany was born and raised in central Alabama and earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology while residing in Mobile AL. She then moved back to her hometown and met her husband while working as a barista in a local coffee shop! Tiffany and her husband Lex have now been married for 6 years and have both service in several different church staff positions. She is a proud dog mom and loves coffee, songwriting, art, Japanese/Thai foods, sunsets, and spending the day at the lake/beach! Tiffany is passionate about helping women deepen their understanding of Scripture through Bible study and quiet time, and as a result, creating lasting discipleship!

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November 20, 2020

Christmas Gift Guide

We are so excited to share our first ever Wholehearted Christmas Gift Guide! We wanted to create a few curated lists to help make your shopping a bit easier this year. We hope that this will help you bless and encourage those around you this Christmas season! We have four categories, so that you can get ideas for everyone on your list.

Want to jump ahead? For Him | For Home | For Kids

For Her

Quiet Time Supplies

Quiet Time Companion

Wholehearted

An organizer, planner, and journal for your daily time with Jesus.

$58.00 | Shop it Here!

Books Of The Bible Tabs

Find Wondrous Things

Tabs for all 64 books of the bible (1,2,3 John combined) + 1 “Prayers” tab.

$20.00 | Shop it Here!

Notetaking Bible, Floral Cloth-Over-Board

Christian Standard Bible

This Bible contains a single-column setting and abundant notetaking space is provided on each page to record personalized notes, prayers, observations, insights, questions, and other reflections about God’s Word.

$44.99 | Shop it Here!

Names Of God Verse Cards

Daily Grace Co

This is a set of 11 cards that feature 10 different names of God with their meanings and Scripture passages in which they are used.

$12.00 | Shop it Here!

How To Study The Bible For The Everyday Woman

Well Watered Women

A guide for the everyday woman who longs to know God through His Word.

$15.00 | Shop it Here!

ESV Bible: Hollis Theme

Hosanna Revival

Crisp fall air, warm fall bouquets, and the colors of Hollis, New Hampshire… Big maroon dahlias, blush Juliet garden roses and other fall wildflowers cover this beautiful journaling Bible for all of us who love fall tones.

$59.90 | Shop it Here!

Pastel Bible Highlighters

Daily Grace Co

A set of 6 pastel highlighters, these gel highlighters will not bleed through even thin Bible pages.

$15.00 | Shop it Here!

Jewelry

Carried By The Cross Necklace

The Vintage Pearl

Our Carried by the Cross sterling necklace is a beautiful reminder of God’s grace, love, and redemption.

$44.99 | Shop it Here!

Harvest: Galatians 6:9

Dear Mushka

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” – Galatians 6:9

$38.00 | Shop it Here!

Faithfulness Rainbows

Woven Together

Each pair of earrings is handmade and unique, these earrings are perfect for everyday use because they are very light-weight and versatile.

$28.00 | Shop it Here!

Chasing Courage

Dear Heart Co

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13

$34.00 | Shop it Here!

Birthstone Drop Necklace

The Vintage Pearl

This necklace is a sweet reminder of the loved ones in your life, keep them close and with you all day by choosing the Swarovski birthstone or color they like best to represent them.

$39.99 | Shop it Here!

Stationary

Dahlia Cards

Common Silver

Set of six 5.5″ x 4.25″ notecards, with kraft envelopes.

$16.00 | Shop it Here!

You Were Made For Such A Time As This Journal

Jenessa Wait

6″ x 9″ journal with 130 lined pages.

$16.00 | Shop it Here!

Postcard Set

Faith And Family Collective

Set of eight 4.25″ x 6″ postcards.

$10.00 | Shop it Here!

Community Companion

Wholehearted

A planner for keeping track of the important details in your friends’ lives!

$35.00 | Shop it Here!

Botanical Notecard Set

These Stones

This variety pack includes eight different 4.25″ x 5.5″ folded notecards, perfect for handwritten notes.

$15.00 | Shop it Here!

2021 17 Month Planner: Albion Theme

Hosanna Revival

Each month features a verse from Scripture to encourage, inspire, and challenge you for the month!

$31.90 | Shop it Here!

Apparel and Accessories

The &Me Shirt

Pint Sized Faith

The &ME tee is a conversation starter; a cause for pause and reflection – a reminder of who you are as a daughter of the King.

$15.00 | Shop it Here!

Blessed Is She Iphone Case

Loveall Design

“Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her” – Luke 1:45

$26.00 | Shop it Here!

Doxology Shirt

Sola Gratia Co

This t-shirt is everything you’ve dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It’s comfortable and flattering for both men and women. 

$26.00 | Shop it Here!

Be Still Key Fob

Dear Heart Co

Encouraging words to keep with you on the go.

$12.00 | Shop it Here!

Fruits Of The Spirit Shirt

Girl Defined

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23a. 

$20.00 | Shop it Here!

Let Heaven Fill Your Thoughts Phone Case

Prone To Wander LA

 “Let heaven fill your thoughts” – Colossians 3:2

$18.99 | Shop it Here!

Be Of Good Courage Pullover

Dear Heart Co

When the world around you trembles in fear, choose to be of good courage.

$45.00 | Shop it Here!

Books

Stop Calling Me Beautiful

Phylicia Masonheimer

Don’t settle for a feel-good faith. If you want victory over insecurity, fear, shame, and the circumstances you are facing, it’s time to embrace Jesus. All of Him

$13.29 | Shop it Here!

Girl Defined

Kristen Clark And Bethany Baird

Based firmly in God’s design for their lives, this book helps women rethink what true success and beauty look like. It invites them on a liberating journey toward a radically better vision for femininity that ends with the discovery of the kind of hope, purpose, and fulfillment they’ve been yearning for.

$12.99 | Shop it Here!

Chasing Perfect

Alisha Illian

You don’t have to keep filling your calendar to the brim with unsatisfying distractions. Chasing Perfect will help you submit to God and experience His perfect renewal and rest

$14.39 | Shop it Here!

Expectant

Heather Cofer

This book shares about the unique opportunity we have to showcase the beauty of the gospel during pregnancy, allowing God to transform every aspect of it for His glory. 

$14.99 | Shop it Here!

Landscape Bookmarks

Wholehearted

Beautiful truths for keeping your place!

$10.00 | Shop it Here!

Women Of The Word

Jen Wilkin

This book will equip you to engage God’s word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.

$9.37 | Shop it Here!

Beholding And Becoming

Ruth Chou Simmons

Today is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His love and His faithfulness in the midst of your mundane. No circumstance is too ordinary or too forgotten for Him to meet you there in worship. His transforming grace turns your “everyday ordinary” into a holy place of becoming.

$17.39 | Shop it Here!

Risen Motherhood

Emily Jensen And Laura Wifler

Discover how closely the gospel connects with today’s motherhood. Join Emily and Laura as they walk through the redemptive story and reveal how the gospel applies to your everyday life, bringing hope, freedom, and joy in every area of motherhood.

$16.99 | Shop it Here!

The Gospel Comes With A House Key

Rosaria Butterfield

With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors.

$16.99 | Shop it Here!

You’re Not Enough & That’s Okay

Allie Beth Stuckey

The answer to our insufficiency and insecurity isn’t self-love, but God’s love. In Jesus, we’re offered a way out of our toxic culture of self-love and into a joyful life of relying on him for wisdom, satisfaction, and purpose.

$20.29 | Shop it Here!

For Him

He Reads Truth Bible

Christian Standard Bible

This Bible includes robust, well-crafted theological extras to draw the reader back to Scripture, increase biblical literacy, and foster a growing affection for God and His Word.

$49.99 | Shop it Here!

Quiet Time Companion

Wholehearted

An organizer, planner, and journal for your daily time with Jesus.

$58.00 | Shop it Here!

Romans

Alabaster Co

The Book of Romans: A history-shaping text, with visual imagery and thoughtful design.

$35.00 | Shop it Here!

In Everything Journal

Daily Grace Co

A prayer request journal.

$24.00 | Shop it Here!

Single Column Personal Size Bible

Christian Standard Bible

This Bible provides a wonderful reading experience in a convenient personal trim size that is perfect for devotional reading, personal study, or to carry and use at church.

$69.00 | Shop it Here!

Monthly Membership

Dwell

At the beginning of each month, you will receive a package equipping you to memorize the verse of the month, including 3 temporary tattoos, key card with verse, and a 4 x 5.5 print.

$8.00 | Shop it Here!

Marriage Journal

The Roloffs

A weekly communication journal for your marriage, to help with understanding and connecting with your spouse.

$28.00 | Shop it Here!

Vintage Keychain

Discover Horizons

These vintage-inspired keychains are made to speak truth to your heart and encourage you and others to Seek the Kingdom of God.

$5.00 | Shop it Here!

Philippians 4:13 Reversible Wristband

Ascend Wood

No matter what happens to us, we are in Christ, and that is enough.

$19.99 | Shop it Here!

Water Bottle

Discover Horizons

This tin water bottle is the perfect companion for your next trip to the mountains.

$10.00 | Shop it Here!

Bible Verse Key Chain

305Leathers

Personalized engraved leather key chain.

$14.50 | Shop it Here!

Leather Carryall Bag

Dayspring

Transport essentials from home to office, trailhead to summit, and cab to airplane securely with the High Line Leather Pouch.

$52.00 | Shop it Here!

We Are The Hopeful Beanie

Hope Outfitters

We are the Hopeful!  Because of He who is alive in us, we are filled with hope overflowing!

$22.00 | Shop it Here!

Mountain Hat

Hope Outfitters

Inside all of us is the desire to get out and explore God’s creation. Hope Outfitters and this hat encourages you to do just that…explore.

$27.00 | Shop it Here!

Covenant Shirt

Ascend Wood

The Lord’s Covenant with Abram (Genesis 15:9-10;17-18)

$30.00 | Shop it Here!

First Love(d) Tee

Jesus Loves You

“First. love. Because He first loved.”

$34.99 | Shop it Here!

Lion & The Lamb Tee Shirt

Discover Horizons

This ultra-soft t-shirt is inspired by the Lion and the Lamb, which are talked about so often in the Bible.

$26.00 | Shop it Here!

Send Me Tee

Hope Outfitters

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8. 

$25.00 | Shop it Here!

“Check Front” Hoodie

Jesus Loves You

“Check Front For Good News.” What is the good news? Jesus Loves You.

$59.99 | Shop it Here!

For Home

Seek First The Kingdom Print

Salt Stains

“Seek first the kingdom and all these things will be added to you” – Matthew 6:33

$18.00 | Shop it Here!

Reason Enough Mug

These Stones

16 oz beverage mug.

$15.00 | Shop it Here!

White Church No 1 Print

Ambers Artistry

This side view of this old white church is detailed yet timeless for your home.

$13.00 | Shop it Here!

Courage To Hope Candle

Courage Candles

 The Courage to Hope candle sends a strengthening message of endurance during good times or bad.

$34.99| Shop it Here!

Enter His Gates Print

Loveall Design

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise” – Psalm 100:4

$12.00| Shop it Here!

Abundant Joy Tea Towel

Daily Grace Co

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11

$16.00| Shop it Here!

God Is Doing Beautiful Things Print

Handcrafted By Isabela

An encouraging reminder of the work God is doing.

$10.00| Shop it Here!

2021 Wall Calendar

Hosanna Revival

Each month features encouragement and reminders from Scripture to help you focus on Christ, and we are praying with you for 2021 to be a year of vision and victories!

$24.90| Shop it Here!

Floral Watercolor Isaiah 26:3 Print

Across Fields Studio

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mine is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” -Isaiah 26:3

$14.00| Shop it Here!

Perfect Peace Glass & Metal Plaque

Dayspring

This on-trend glass and antique gold metal plaque is a daily reminder to be anxious for nothing and keep hearts and minds focused on Him.

$19.99| Shop it Here!

Everything Beautiful Print

Naomi Paper Co

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Yes, he has also put eternity in their hearts, yet it is not possible for man to understand the work that God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

$18.00| Shop it Here!

30 Days of Prayer Cards

September And Co

30 different prayer cards for moms, includes a wooden stand for display.

$15.00| Shop it Here!

Go Therefore Map Print

Beautiful Bible

Beautiful hand lettered map print.

$12.00| Shop it Here!

Spiral Wall Calendar

Dayspring

Be inspired by the uniquely lettered Scriptures and quotes every month!

$21.99| Shop it Here!

As For Me And My House Print

Salt Stains

“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” – Joshua 24:15

$18.00| Shop it Here!

It Is Well Pillow

Daily Grace Co

Hand crafted 16 x 16 pillow cover.

$30.00| Shop it Here!

Be Still Print

Ambers Artistry

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” – Psalm 37:7

$13.00| Shop it Here!

Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind Tea Towel

Dayspring

Inspired by 1 Corinthians 13, this tea towel features a botanical illustration and neutral color palette, making it a perfect gift and kitchen accessory.

$14.00| Shop it Here!

My Grace Is Sufficient For You Print

Loveall Design

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

$12.00| Shop it Here!

Appointment Calendar

Hosanna Revival

Each month features unique, hand-painted artwork, making every page turn a beautiful surprise!

$29.90| Shop it Here!

Things Above Art Print

These Stones

This reproduction of an original hand-painted, hand-lettered watercolor painting by Ruthann Brown is professionally printed on textured card stock.

$10.00| Shop it Here!

On Earth As It Is In Heaven Mug

Daily Grace Co

This 14 oz. natural sturdy ceramic mug gives you long lasting durability.

$20.00| Shop it Here!

In Your Presence There Is Fullness Of Joy Print

Handcrafted By Isabela

Encouraging words, so you can declare it everyday over your life that He is a way maker, He is a miracle worker.

$10.00| Shop it Here!

Gather Print

Naomi Paper Co

“At that time I will gather you, at that time I will bring you home” – Zephaniah 3:20

$18.00| Shop it Here!

For Kids

Jesus American Sign Language Tee

Pint Sized Faith

Inspiration: Jeremiah 10:6

$20.00| Shop it Here!

Joy To The World

Shop Village Made

The perfect body suit or toddler tee for Christmas!

$22.00| Shop it Here!

Image Bearer Toddler Tee

Sola Gratia Co

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” —Genesis 1:27

$18.99| Shop it Here!

Love Is Patient Tee

These Stones

This soft peach unisex triblend tee features a screen print of orignal hand-drawn artwork by Ruthann Brown.

$18.00| Shop it Here!

Humble And Kind

Shop Village Made

Original design printed on an 100% organic cotton bodysuit or toddler tee with water based inks.

$22.00| Shop it Here!

Soli Deo Gloria Baby Onesie

Sola Gratia Co

Dress your baby to the nines with this 100% cotton one piece. It has three snap leg closure for easy changing, a comfortable envelope neckline, and a beautiful print that’s bound to get the baby all happy and giggling.

$18.99| Shop it Here!

The Gathering Box

Faith And Family Collective

This season’s Gathering Box, The Prayer Plate, gives your family the opportunity to better understand your “neighbor”.

$35.00| Shop it Here!

Kid’s Truth Cards

Find Wondrous Things

12 colored cards + 12 black & white cards (for kid’s to color themselves!)

$5.00| Shop it Here!

ABC’s Of The Names Of God

Tiny Theologians

An accessible, fun introduction to the basics of the faith, The ABC’s of the Names of God Flash Cards are designed to bring the different names of God to life for your kids. 

$18.00| Shop it Here!

I Will Trust You Art Journal

Kids Read Truth

This Art & Scripture Journal helps kids learn a biblical foundation for trust, and then creatively respond to Scripture with writing and drawing prompts.

$16.00| Shop it Here!

Bible Journaling Stickers

Wholehearted

Fun embellishments, each sticker has a Biblical connection!

$5.00| Shop it Here!

Scripture Memory Cards

Tiny Theologians

This set of Bible memory cards gives your Tiny Theologians stair-steps to successful Scripture memory, offering hints and helps as they learn each verse.

$12.00| Shop it Here!

Jesus Loves Me Canvas Banner

Prone To Wander LA

This banner is a pretty little decor that you can hang on your little one’s corner or any room. 

$24.99| Shop it Here!

ABC’s Of God’s Attributes

Tiny Theologians

An accessible, fun introduction to the basics of the faith, The ABC’s of the Attributes of God are designed to bring the unchanging character of God to life for kids.

$18.00| Shop it Here!

Beginner Creature Character Cards

September And Co

Learning character can be fun and exciting for your beginners.

$16.99| Shop it Here!

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November 14, 2020

Comfort, Joy, & Awe

By: Jordan Sparnroft

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, let’s talk about FOOD!

I love Double Stuff Oreos with milk, apple pie a-la-mode, chips and salsa, ice cream sandwiches, southern comfort food (if you know, you know). I mean, who doesn’t love all of this?! I am so thankful that God gave us the ability to taste different things. However, just with anything good God has made, there is the potential for worshiping the created thing instead of the Creator (Romans 1:25).

Most of us will be eating copious amounts of food this holiday season. Oddly enough, God has been tearing down my idol of food the past few weeks. To be quite honest: my joy, my hope, my comfort were all found in my next meal. In other words, I was in awe of food and the momentary comfort and joy it brought. As God has been tearing down this idol of food through means of self-control and discipline, the brokenness I had been suppressing emerged. Apparently food was masking a much bigger problem: my need to be comforted and filled with the Holy Spirit.

The grim circumstances of our world, my daughter’s spinal surgery, and the typical day-to-day stressors were starting to steal my joy. I relied on food to restore my joy and to be my comfort instead of the promises of God. As Deutoronomy 8:3 tells us; “…man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Romans 12:11-12 says; “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Instead of serving God and others, I was serving my own need for comfort. Instead of rejoicing in hope, my conversations with my husband and my peers were saturated with negativity and complaints from the day. Instead of being patient in tribulation, my impatience took the form of a loud voice with a sharp tone toward my toddler. Instead of being constant in prayer, I found myself grasping for new idols to bring me the comfort and joy I so desperately needed. I was finding my awe in instagram and spending countless hours on Marco Polo chatting with friends. I was placing my hope in a well-behaved child, a completed list of tasks, a clean house… anything to soothe or disconnect myself from my stressors. I realized I had lost my awe of God and was not trusting that He was enough to get me through the tough moments of my day.

In my quiet time, I found myself praying, “God remind me of why I desire to honor you, why I meet with you every morning, why am I supposed to turn to you for my joy, strength, comfort, and hope.” I wanted to be in awe of Him again. I had forgotten Who it was that I called upon every morning and Who I strove to serve and worship and why. I quickly realized I was leaving out an important part of my quiet time: worship.

Worship is spending time with God for Who He is and for the sheer joy of just being in His presence. Worship is when the joy of my salvation is returned to my soul. Worship is when I see the big picture and things fall into their proper order beneath the weight of His glory. I need worship to be reminded of Who it is I serve, trust, and seek to know. I need to be reminded of

the gospel and what He did for me. I need to be humbled in His presence. As I approach my quiet time with God everyday, I want to be in awe of Him every time.

The Bible tells us that our human minds cannot fully comprehend the holiness and glory of God. However, God in His kindness gives us glimpses of His glory through His creation even in the midst of this broken world. My mind and heart crave such a glimpse. If I don’t feed that longing in my soul with intentional worship, I’ll start grasping at the good gifts I’ve been given. The gifts will then turn into idols that rule me because I am made to worship.

A lot of us (including myself) have already put up our Christmas decorations in hopes of finding some early comfort and joy in light of a very difficult year. We want to enter the wonder of the lights, the holiday traditions, the food, the presents, the joy on our children’s faces, the fun, family, and relationships of this holiday season. Let’s enjoy these things (especially the food!) without forgetting the One who has given us these beautiful things to have and experience. May we remember that these things will only provide momentary comfort. Within a couple of months the Christmas trees will return to dusty attics, the leftovers will be thrown out, the new presents will lose their novelty. God will be the same. Worship him. Thank Him. Let’s be thankful for all that He has given but more importantly let’s worship and rejoice in His character. Let us find our hope in Him and the salvation He has freely given. Before thanking God for all the relationships and things He’s given and provided you, choose a part of His character and meditate on it, let it permeate the depths of your heart, worship Him. Let Who He is be your comfort and joy. Be in awe of Him.


Jordan grew up on a farm located in a small town in Virginia. She married her NY native husband 8 years ago. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Jordan was a professional mental health therapist. Apart from raising her 2.5 year old daughter with a complex medical diagnosis, Jordan also teaches English to kids in China online. Through numerous trials involving grief and loss she endured in her 20s, Jordan fell more in love with Jesus and realizes her need for Him everyday. Her passion for studying God’s word and knowing Him more deeply grows with each passing day.

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October 31, 2020

What about who God is has been most comforting to you lately?

Read on to see what about God is most comforting to our writers during this season!

Erica Hunt

I am so thankful for Immanuel, God with us. This is something that we usually think about during Christmas time, but recently I have just been in awe of God’s nearness. This is probably most acute due to the uncertainly of COVID-19 in these past months. Along with that though, my husband and I have both buried a grandparent in the last four months, and experiencing “Immanuel, God with us” in our sorrow and grief has been such a comfort. He not only is with us, but understands the uncertainties we face in our lives, and is faithful to walk with us along the way.

Nicole Lisa Schrader

God’s sovereignty is my greatest comfort! A challenge I face on a regular basis is knowing how best to use my time. My natural tendency is to rush into commitments. Then when life inevitably overwhelms me, I question whether my motivations were based on vanity or genuine service to Jesus. I have found comfort – and conviction – from Isaiah 28:16 ESV, which says, “Whoever believes will not be in haste.” Jesus was never in a hurry and always obeyed his Father in heaven. This is my prayer and heart’s desire. 

Christi Grimm

I am comforted by the fact that my God is not one ready to “pounce on me” and become angry with me when my quiet time looks different than it has in other seasons.  I am comforted that He looks upon my heart, He sees my sacrifices, my efforts, my desire for Him and counts it as righteousness because I am covered by Jesus’ blood.  I am comforted that I do not have to merely “do enough” for Him to be accepting of me, because lets face it, I could never do enough to be counted righteous!  I am comforted by the fact that He is walking with me as I make breakfast, fold laundry, and teach math to His children.  I am comforted at His steadfast nature that I can fall into when all the mothering has made me weary. 

Tiffany Joy Layton

In this season of life, the patience, faithfulness, and long suffering of God is most comforting to me. I look at my life as well as some others around me, and I see the faithful hand of God displaying such patience. When I linger in obedience to Him, He shows patience. When I don’t deserve blessing, He is faithful! When I stubbornly want my own way, He is long suffering in His loving rebuke. My gratitude runs over!

Grace McReady

In this single (and sometimes lonely) season of life, God has been reminding me that He loves me right now. His love is not just in the past or the future but is in the present. That has been a helpful truth for me as I navigate relationships. 

Katie Stone

My favourite attribute of God has always been His faithfulness. There are so many things about God’s character I need to remind myself of – especially with everything going on in the world right now. I need to be reminded that God knows everything, He is in control of everything, He is powerful over all creation, He is good. But I find that all of those things are only a comfort in light of God’s faithfulness. He will faithfully show me what I need to know, He will faithfully guide me through life’s storms, He will faithfully show Himself strong on my behalf, He will never cease being good. It’s not just that God is these things. His faithfulness reminds me that He is all these things to me. 

Vanessa Bonilla

God comforts me through His order. I know when everything in life is spinning, He is stable and consistent. I know that instead of getting caught up in the chaos of the day to day, I can find comfort of the rhythms He has set in motion before the beginning of time. I get to experience order in disorder. 

Emily Miller

I love that God is True and the Source of Truth. My head’s been swimming with all sorts of voices and opinions (the combination of election years and pandemics tend to be noisy with all sorts of opinions) and I’m often at a loss to know what to believe, who to agree with, and where to stand. I’m so thankful that God knows everything, understands every kind of thought and experience, and that He’s our Guide through this complicated life! 

Jordan Sparnroft

God is mighty and strong yet lowly and gentle. If I have learned anything in my current season of suffering, there is no amount of my own strength that can sustain me. I must humble myself and move out of God’s way to allow Him to be strong for me. I continue to try to carry mine and my daughters suffering in my own strength in Jesus’ name. I am learning what it means to relax in His presence in the midst of turmoil thus allowing Him to carry me through it by His strength, not mine. By His grace and mercy He is my rest AND my strength. What a God we have that offers us rest and strength simultaneously! 


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October 17, 2020

What does your quiet time look like for you during this season? Are you busier than usual? Is your quiet time a settled routine or a daily challenge?

Read on to see what this season looks like for our writers!

Erica Hunt:

I am a teacher, so I have really enjoyed my extended summer break (thanks, COVID-19). With school back in session however, my quiet time seems a little more rushed because I actually have a time limit whereas over the summer, I was free to take as much time as I wanted. 

I have my quiet time right away in the morning. I get up, start the coffee and then sit in my quiet living room. I’m not always completely awake when I start but jumping right into devotions helps me not be as distracted by my day yet. I found if I do other things first, my mind starts thinking about what I need to do that day, and sometimes skip it all together. I don’t spend very long usually about 20-30 minutes. If I find my mind wondering I usually stop and just pray through my thoughts and the read the passage of scripture I’m on. Sometime I just reread smaller passages as my mind and body wake up. 

Marissa Hochstedler:

The morning has always been my favorite time of day, for as long as I can remember. There is something special to be said about waking up as the sun is peeking through the clouds, and getting to praise God for another day of his faithfulness. Ever since I started walking with God, I have spent time with him in the mornings. In this specific season, I have tried to wake up earlier to have my quiet time due to my work schedule. Some days, I am successful at waking up on time and get to spend an hour or two with God. But other days, I snooze my alarm clock too many times and am lucky to spend 20 minutes of quiet time. However, no matter the amount of time spent with God, it is always worth it. I have never stepped away from my quiet time and thought it to be a waste. 

Nicole Lisa Schrader:

My husband and I are retired, and our children are not living at home. The beauty of this season of life is the abundance of time we have to spend with the Lord. Every day, we read and pray before doing anything else. I don’t say this to gloat – rather to encourage you if you are child-rearing and/or working. I homeschooled my three children and my husband’s job took him from home, sometimes for weeks at a time. I spent my days teaching, chauffeuring, cooking, and cleaning. I rarely got more than a half an hour of Bible study and prayer in before falling asleep at night. So, I know what it’s like to feel like you just don’t have enough hours in a day. Rest assured my friend, seasons change. Seek the Lord in your season of life and he will sustain you!

Christi Grimm:

Because we homeschool and are trying to get back into the swing of things after a most unusual season, my alone time is looking a bit different right now.  I feel busier than normal this school year!  My quiet time is currently limited during the week and I feel successful if I’ve been able to have 20 minutes with Jesus by myself.  Normally, I have about an hour with my Savior.  That is now limited to the weekends.  I am considering the morning devotions with my children a part of my morning devotion right now as well- I had to shift my perspective from that of “teacher” to “student” during this time so that I can hear from the Lord myself during our morning devotion time . I have managed to be alone with Jesus directly after lunch while the children finish eating.  The difficulty of carving out time to simply be with Jesus by myself has made me much more grateful for the seasons when it occurs more easily. 

Tiffany Joy Layton:

I have found myself in a season of great grown in my Quiet Time! Some time ago I disciplined myself (kicking and screaming ha!) to begin getting up at 5:15am to insure I could have a Quiet Time before I needed to leave for work each morning. As hard as it is to wake up that early (night owl over here!), it has yielded so much fruit in such a short time! By implementing this change, I am about to consistently have the time needed to pray, journal, read and study! I have also begun spending my thirty-minute drive to work (ugh!) in worship! All of this put together is the perfect start to any day! I encourage you to give it a try! 

Grace McReady:

Honestly, having a regular, meaningful quiet time has been a challenge for me for the past several months. Even though my devotions have been shorter and less frequent, I recently returned to the Psalms, which I would definitely recommend. 

Katie Stone:

Currently, I’m in a pretty consistent routine. Typically I get up early and spend some time in prayer and praise. I like to start by singing (or listening to) a worship song. This helps me fix my mind on the character and faithfulness of God rather than jumping straight into a list of things that I need or want from Him. After some time in prayer, I open my Bible. Currently I’m reading through the whole Bible chronologically. On mornings where I slept in, or have to leave my house earlier than normal, I’ll listen to an audio Bible while getting ready or driving. But whenever possible I try to read from my actual Bible because I find that I stay focused better and it allows me to easily take notes.

Vanessa Bonilla:

Currently my quiet time is being built up again. It’s a relief to be coming out of the hectic “start of homeschool” season. I am struggling daily trying to choose the right hour with the least distractions but grateful that I’m way more consistent than last month. Progress not perfection gets me through the days. 

Emily Miller:

My quiet time is a pretty established part of my life at this point. After a season of a lot of isolating (All of humanity’s season of isolating!), my social life is picking back up, which means later nights. Later nights easily become later mornings. Later mornings mean that I usually get up WITH my kids instead of a good hour before them. The change in sleep schedule tends to trigger headaches. So my current challenge is to push through headaches, interruptions, and place all my priorities (sleep, hospitality, attention to my children’s needs etc) in their proper place alongside my very necessary time with Jesus.


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