--- 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

 

Is Knowing, Growing?

Ouch. There’s much to be said for those 3 small words. I’ve been a Christian since I was 15 years old, and raised in a little Baptist Church my entire childhood, but l’ll admit in my life, there’s been times that I did not grow toward God, even though I knew Him. I could even be as bold to say that I grew away from God during certain times in my life, while still knowing Him. So the answer to the question is: no.

“Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.” – 2 John 1:9

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Far from God

I think I speak for most Christians when I say sometimes we feel so far from God. It’s like God is nowhere to be found, but we just want Him near. We go through our days and hope He blesses us, touches us, and is near to us. We wonder where He is when we don’t feel Him. “Why did he leave us?” we ask.

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Full Circle Forgiveness

Wow – God sure does know how to get us where it counts! I was recently out on a date (with a Christian man) and the conversation came around to forgiveness. There were a lot of things in his life that he was working through, and I gave my two cents worth about forgiveness and how we need to forgive others since Christ forgives us. I even wrote a blog about it (which I later sent to him) earlier this year (you can find that blog here). I get it – having

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Return to Limitless Love

I think as Christians we recognize that God’s love for us is limitless. We’ve learned that in the Bible and we’ve taken that to heart. I wrote a blog on this topic many months back (which I’ll link at the bottom of this blog*), and it was coming from a place where we, as Christians know (and try to fathom) how much God truly loves us.

However, it’s a bit harder to recognize and accept that God’s love for those that have wronged us (or wronged other people – especially people we love) is also limitless.

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God’s Might

We all go through rough patches in life. Isn’t that part of what makes life “life”? It’s not always “roses”, as we’d hope life to be. Being part of a church that cares about and values each other as brothers and sisters, and a church that has prayer warriors that step in when needed is so powerful when someone in the church goes through a rough patch. Sometimes when a rough patch hits, you don’t even know what to pray, or don’t have the energy to pray yourself. I’ve personally felt the strength of prayers sent up to Jesus on my

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Out to Lunch Testimony

My family and I recently went out to lunch on a Saturday afternoon and encountered a waitress who seemed to be very happy with her job and overflowing with joy. There were 7 of us, and I could tell by the way she talked to us, served us, and went out of her way with kindness that there was something different about this lady.
 
As the meal went on, she continued to bring us things, and every time she’d stop to just talk. Finally, right before it looked like we were wrapping things up and getting ready to leave, I guess she felt like it was the

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Get out of God’s Way

Get out of God’s Way”.
 
I’ve heard my Pastor mention this a couple of times over the last few years I’ve been attending this church I call home. He’s talked about how we try and try to do something on our own, and God continues to knock on our hard heads to get our attention, only to finally come to the conclusion that I can’t do this myself. I can’t fix this myself.
 
I have a family member that is going through some rough patches in life right now and although I can be there for them and let them know that I care about them, there’s actually nothing I can do to help or fix what they

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Thankful for the Scars

As was driving to work the other day, the song “Scars” by “I Am They” came on the radio and although I’ve heard this song many, many times, this particular morning it grabbed my attention more than usual:
 
“So I’m thankful for the scars
‘Cause without them I wouldn’t know your heart

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The Miraculous You

Those of you that know me well, know I’ve set my house up as a smart home. Lights come on and go off based on motion or voice control, and also based on automations I have set up. One of my automations involves the master bathroom, where I have a vanity with 3 lights to light the room. This is the automation rule when motion is detected, based on a sensor in that bathroom: “If it’s after 10:30pm or before 5:45am, turn on the middle light only at 50%. If it’s after 5:45am or before 10:30pm, turn on all 3 lights at 100%”. This automation is helpful at 3am when I don’t want to get blasted with 180 watts of light, and instead only get a dim light of approximately 30 watts.  (Note: If it were the left or right light only, that would set off an OCD-type reaction in me, so that’s why it’s the middle light that I choose to dim). 🙂
 
Wednesday morning of last week I had something going on at work where I had to get up earlier than normal. Since it wasn’t quite yet 5:45am, I was using the dim light to start getting ready for work. Once 5:45am came around and I was still in the bathroom, the automation was updated, the sensor continued to detect motion, and all 3 lights came on at 100% brightness. In the dim light I couldn’t tell, but once all the lights came on at 100%, I could see my pupils were hugely dilated. Since I had eye surgery a few weeks ago (and am very conscious of anything “different” with my eyes right now), I was a bit concerned as to why (not initially thinking that’s how our eyes work), but as a few seconds went by, my pupils quickly became smaller and more “normal”.
 
In that moment, I was reminded, and immediately amazed at God’s workmanship. In dim lighting, He made our eyes so detailed that our pupils would get larger so we would be able to see better in low-light, and in bright lighting, they get smaller so we can see better in brighter light.
 
Who, besides God, would’ve been able to figure all of this out?  We surely didn’t “bang” into existence as the “Big Bang Theory” theorizes.  As an example, since I work for a company that is involved in autonomous vehicles, it’s a struggle trying to figure out how all of this is going to work together automatically. It takes many, many teams of very skilled people (over long periods of time) to try to figure all of this out.  It’s been years, and we’re still trying to figure it out.  It doesn’t just “happen”.
 
Of course, we have sensor lights that come on at dusk and go off at dawn, which to some would seem like a similar thing as pupils doing their job; but once you add eyesight as a whole into the equation, it takes it up a notch, doesn’t it? I also recently heard in Bible study that our eyes actually take in what we see upside down, and then our brain flips it right side up. There’s something else to think on.
 
I know this blog isn’t anything earth shattering, but as I’m writing it, I’m hopeful that it makes you think on the intricacies of how God created you. Your blood. Your veins. Your organs. Your skin. Your muscles. Your nerves.  Your fingers and toes.  Your touch, smell, hearing, taste, and what we’ve been talking about – your sight. All of it works together, miraculously perfectly.  How could that be?  How much more intricate is our body than an autonomous vehicle – and if we didn’t exist prior to God creating us (which we didn’t), who then, besides God, was around and able to create us?  It wasn’t scientists or engineers working together over long periods of time trying to figure it all out – because scientists or engineers didn’t exist; humans didn’t exist.
 
For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:13-14 NIV
 
So, as I had been praying for God to reveal something for me to blog about earlier in the week, this thing came about last Wednesday and made me remember and think upon just how intricate and special God made us, and reminded me to think upon, and thank Him for making me, me!
 
P.S. That last sentence pairs nicely with a song we sing in the Awana Children’s Ministry. You can listen to it here: The Butterfly Song
 
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~Dena

 
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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 techie 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 Him.”
#NoMessNoMessage
 

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The (Vacation) Table

I just got back from a vacation from a small island called Seabrook Island in South Carolina. Just south of Charleston, this is a small island, only 6 miles in diameter – but delivers big with huge private beaches and amazing views of the Atlantic. What an amazing place to visit.  Time just seems to slow to a turtle’s pace as my whole body just relaxes into God’s creations on this little tiny island paradise. I’ve visited this island every year (except one!) since 2005, and not only am I blessed to be able to go to such a beautiful place, I’m blessed every year to see something different on this

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