--- About Dena

“First and foremost, I’m a Daughter of the King and a long-time Christ follower. I’m also a dog mom who enjoys reading Christian books, cardio drumming, traveling often, and I’m a bit of a technology geek. My life has seen its fair share of curve-balls and I’ve found that I’ve become closer to Christ in each trial as He’s comforted me and shown me that I can solely put my faith and trust in Him. 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT says “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” I feel thankful and blessed for the messes in my life – as they have brought me closer to God. Through the messes, God has given me a message to share with you.”
#NoMessNoMessage

~Dena

 

God’s “Provisioning” System (GPS)

Yes, many of us may remember the days long ago of the AAA (Triple A) Maps and MapQuest, but most of us are now used to current technology and our Global Positioning System (GPS) app on our phone that simply tells us what to do to get to where we need to go (no, it’s not really to tell us “the time to beat!”).  Our GPS basically tells us which direction to go when we are in unfamiliar territory and need guidance.
 
So, how can we relate this analogy to our own life?  Can you think of a time in your life where you had NO idea which way to go? (We’re talking actual “life” now, not driving south on I-75.) 

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Unrequited Fear

As babies, we don’t realize what fear is. We have the comfort of parents and loved ones and fear is not something that enters our mind. As we start to get older and have experiences, that’s when fear starts to sink in. Life happens around us and we learn what we may be “afraid” of. As a child, I remember being afraid to go down into the basement after dark at my house – even though the basement was finished, if my parents would ask me to go down and get something, I remember as soon as I’d pick up whatever it was down there that they asked me to get, I’d run so fast up those stairs – hitting each stair with a big boom with my feet as I ran back up. There was never anything down there to scare me, but the perception of the darkness

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Buzz Kill

Fun-sucker, buzz kill, killjoy – we’ve all used these words to describe someone in our life at some point. We define these words as someone who steals our fun, someone who just doesn’t want us to have joy, or someone who tries to steal anything good we have in life. Instead of jumping up and down with us as we celebrate, they look at us like we’re crazy and make us feel, for lack of a better word, stupid. You know who I’m talking about. We’ve all had this person (or persons!) in our life.
 
I think many people on the outside of Christianity (and maybe even some Christians, and I’ll elaborate more on this in a bit with myself as an example) think that once they allow God into their life, that their life is going to become stale and boring, and all the fun will just be

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Eggs and a Basket

Early this morning I started thinking how in the past, I’ve occasionally put all of my eggs in a single basket (and I was reminded how horribly that has usually worked out). Having a Plan A without a Plan B for a Type A personality like me usually spells disaster, mentally. It’s not something that I enjoy doing, and not something I often do – usually if I have a Plan A, I also like have a Plan B. That’s just the way I work. God gave all of us temperaments, and one of my temperaments is that of a planner, therefore, it’s just natural for me to have that alternate option. But – occasionally I’ll do it. Trusting more than I should, I’ll do it. Only Plan A. “Let’s do this!”
 
Well, I’ve found myself in life, as I mentioned, with all of my eggs in one basket. When that failed miserably, I was a bit shocked, but was I also relieved? In my gut (God’s still small

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The Serenity Prayer

Do you ever get impatient? I know do – about all kinds of things. I try not to make it a habit, but I can sure conjure up ideas in my head of things that I think are going to happen, and then I get impatient while I wait for them to happen. Sometimes they happen, but sometimes they don’t, and most always they are out of my control.
 
There’s been times in my life that I’ve really prayed for patience – and I’ve since learned that patience is something God will provide every! single! time! I ask for it.  (I believe He’s definitely given patience to me in various large doses over the years! ha!). I remember Pastor Frank mentioning this during a sermon

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The Right Crowd

May I ask – how intentional are you with choosing the people (or friends) in your life?? I’ve heard this question asked in various forms many times in life. Pretty deep question if you think about it.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. – Jim Rohn

“Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.” – Mexican Proverb

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” – Proverbs 12:26

I’ve thought back to the friends I’ve spent my life with over the years, and if I’m being

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Winds of Change

I’ve experienced it many times.  Change.  This change usually occurs when God wants to close a door – so what does He do? (He closes the door). Have you been in this situation before?  Where God just closes a door (and most likely it was a door you thought you wanted to walk through)?  We all know how it feels to continue going through life comfortable.  Or even if we’re not entirely “comfortable”, we will stay somewhere just because we’re not fond of change.  We’ll settle for mediocrity, when God didn’t intend for us to “settle” for that.  So, when that door closes, and a “shake-up” happens, we don’t know what to do.  We sometimes become scared and upset and wonder why this is happening to us.  Or – we thought we were relying on God during seasons of our lives, but looking back – we see that we just wanted to be in “control”.  I fully believe that God intended hardships in my life to bring me closer to Him.  I’m thankful that God may actually use my hardships


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Shift Your Focus

A friend recently shared a post on social media that said “Worship gets you through the hardest times in your life because it shifts your focus from the problem to the Problem Solver”. This post showed up right after a different friend was inquiring about what I’ve been doing since some struggles in my life. I proceeded to tell him that after these struggles came along, I got myself very busy with Godly people doing Godly things. He then said he felt he may have isolated himself in the same situation. I’ll admit, I may have wanted to isolate myself, but God surely didn’t give me that option. God began moving in my life immediately and didn’t give me much of a chance at all to sulk or have pity party with myself (i.e. “poor me!”).
 
Nope, God grabbed me by the shoulders, shook me a few times, told me to take a few days to get things out of my system, and then we’re going to be on to the next thing. God knew exactly what needed to happen with me, so I didn’t question Him. I got involved more in church, started hitting the gym more, and started surrounding myself more with Godly people.

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Rear View Mirror

When a struggle in life comes at you out of the blue…. on an idle Saturday….. at 2pm….. like a freight train, you feel helpless. (Maybe you saw it coming.. but did you really?) You feel like your whole world is crashing down around you. You feel it fully and deeply and you feel like you can’t breathe. Here’s where we need to take a step back and just look at the whole forest (and see a different perspective).

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Crave What?

I was in a Small Group/Bible Study in the Spring titled “Made to Crave.”  Crave is a verb and is defined as this: 1.) to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly 2.) to require; need.
 
While this actual study is about healthy eating habits (Lysa TurKeurst; Made to Crave), the concept can be applied to so many other areas of our lives.  This study could almost be paraphrased as “Who/what is your God?”, as that’s basically the premise of the study. May I ask… what is the most important thing in your life?  Is it a person?  A material thing?  Food?  A relationship?  A lifestyle?  God??  Be honest.. what is it?  Think.  {..pause here..}  Got it??  You may say it’s God, but is it really?  I asked myself this same question.
 
So, I learned in this Bible Study that when we crave and put something – anything – above God, it’s a sin.  Yes, a sin.  I dislike that I must admit that I’ve rarely looked at it this way.  Yeah, I would go about life enjoying the things that God provided for me, and I

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