God Answers Prayers: A Simple Example

I sometimes have a hard time both praying expectantly and thanking God for answering my prayers. I expect that God will answer my prayers, so I’m no longer surprised when He does, then I sometimes forget to thank Him. It’s something I’m going to be working on. I’ve somewhat recently seen an answer to a prayer that I prayed a long time ago and that God has been working on answering since then. I had mostly forgotten that I prayed about this and I didn’t see results quickly, so it took my a while to realize what was going on. Let me explain. Continue reading

DIY shower cleaner: A Pinterest Test

So, I had the day off of work today. It was incredible. I haven’t taken a full day off in a long time and I had an extremely stressful week last week, so I could not wait to relax! I did find a few things to do around the house though. One of the things on my to do list was to clean my shower! My mom suggested to me before that I use a Pinterest DIY cleaner and it worked alright in my bathroom before we moved, but I had also used other cleaners along with it. I thought I would try it again in my parent’s house to see how it really worked.

The recipe is awfully simple. Pinterest has about a million different versions of the cleaner, so I honestly just winged it. I didn’t actually measure anything out. I got a bucket and estimated equal parts white vinegar and Dawn dish soap and then added some baking soda (maybe a little more than half as much as each of the other ingredients). Continue reading

Love Your Church, But Love God More

I’m really tired of hearing about “my church”. I’m tired of church events being emphasized more than Jesus is. I’m tired of hearing about what this church believes and what they do there and how they practice at that church. I’m so glad that people are loving the churches that they are attending, but I want to hear about how God is working in your life and how great He is! I do like to hear that churches are prospering and gaining new people, but I want to hear about Jesus more often than I hear about churches. I actually love my church! But I see that God is bigger than my little church.

I think that one of the reasons that I don’t like to hear about individual churches is that there is such a division in the body of Christ (‘the church”) because of it. Obviously, there are lots of denominations in Christianity. You might identify with one specific denomination, which is fine! But we put so much emphasis on this. Continue reading

Not Everyone Experiences Marriage the Way You Do

Before I got married, I can’t tell you how many people told me not to get married. (…After writing that, I realize that many of you may be thinking “jeez, maybe you made a mistake if that many people thought it was a bad idea!” But no.) These people were often strangers or acquaintances. People told me not to get married before I even met my husband.

I am completely amazed at how many people feel that marriage is so terrible that they would tell another person not to get married. I am so sad for those people because they must be/have been so miserable. I really hope that I never get to the point that I feel that the entire institution of marriage is a bad idea. Because it’s not. It is a beautiful thing, to vow to stick with someone forever and to work together through this difficult life. Continue reading

The Criminal on the Cross

Since it’s almost Easter, I was reading through the story of Jesus’s death. I read about the criminals on the cross next to Jesus and one of the criminal’s words made salvation sound so clear and simple. Mark 40-43 says, ” But the other criminal protested, ‘Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.’ And Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'” Continue reading