Strength Rises

A month or so ago, a fellow artist shared a study on the Psalms by Lisa Albinus of Praise Heart studios – I just love how God consistently introduces me to new and inspiring believers who worship through art! Five years ago, “art” was literally not a part of my vocabulary….and today? Gosh, I can’t imagine my life without it!

Yesterday my sister and I were talking about a talent she has for deciphering ingredients for a particular dish…. she correlated that gift to art…or her lack, rather. My initial response was something like, “it’s all about what we nurture.” Well, that took us into a deeper conversation about our relationship with God – don’t you just love how He does that?????

It’s all about what we devote our time and efforts into…. it may not always be obvious, but in some form or fashion, the things we focus on will inevitably be connected to our relationship with God….to either bring me closer to Him… or pull me away… and that’s probably been the biggest standout of the current study I’m working through – My Love Dare with God – to heighten the awareness that everything I do impacts my relationship with God…. pretty exciting stuff, don’t you think? And the thing is, no two relationships are the same – similar? perhaps… but just like the two images shown – they are similar: a sun & 3 figures, but definitely not the same… so if… or rather, when you’re tempted to compare, think about these things:

This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. –1 Corinthians 12:25-28

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. –Ephesians 2:10

You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this. –Psalm 139:13-14

My Love Dare with God – Week 8

wk 8Week 8 – Dare days 25 – 27  Ready to dive a bit deeper???

This week we take a look at how Love

  •  Forgives – handing over our imprisoned pain to the only one who holds the key: Jesus
  • is Responsible – recognizing the role of pride, seeking God to show us where we’ve faltered, seeking forgiveness from Him, and gaining the strength to humble ourselves before others
  • Encourages – setting aside unrealistic expectations; ones we place on ourselves and others instead of looking to God first


My Love Dare with God – Week 8

I’m still behind on audios, but making progress! I’m working on week 7 now.  Thanks again for your grace and patience!



Happy Friday!

For those of you following the study, My Love Dare with God, I wanted to post a quick update…  I am diligently working to catch up on audios – yes, I’m still behind, but steadily making headway!

So hop on over to the study My Love Dare with God or click on the Video/Audio link Video Links

imageimageToday is a really good “feel good” kinda day so I’m trying to get as many in as possible – they take a bit to upload, but by the end of the day I hope to post at least through day 21 (week 6)


Thank you again for your patience!


My Love Dare with God – Week 7

wk 7Week 7 – Dare days 22 – 24  On the surface, some of the days may seem repetitive; but they aren’t – I believe each takes us one step closer to experiencing a deeper connection with God

This week we take a look at how Love

  • is Faithful – committing to show God we love Him even if we’re tired, sick, etc.
  • always Protects – taking a hard look at choices, priorities and balance
  • compared to  Lust – exercising our understanding of the difference between allowing God to fill voids versus turning to temporary pleasures


My Love Dare with God – Week 7

I’m still behind on video/audios, but I’m diligently working to catch up!  Please continue to be in prayer – it’s been a challenging few weeks health wise, but I’m getting there – thank you for your grace and patience!



My Love Dare with God – Week 6

wk 6Week 6 – Dare days 18 – 21… yes, this is another really good week!

This week we take a look at how Love

  • Seeks to Understand – how do we gain wisdom, discernment, and deepen our trust in God?
  • is Impossible – we will take a look at the distinct difference is manufactured vs God given love
  • is Jesus Christ – the daily realization of just how desperately we need a Savior
  • is Satisfied in God – how do we ensure daily time in His Word to stimulate growth?

My Love Dare with God – week 6



My Love Dare with God – Week 5

wk 5Week 5 – Dare days 14 – 17… I realize I mention this each week, but this is a really good week!

This week we take a look at how Love

  • Takes Delight – we will explore how some areas can mean relearning some of the ways we express our love for God, which will open us to a truer love
  • is Honorable – how do we express a willingness and develop holy habits to sacrifice for God on a daily basis?
  • Intercedes – how do we become “wise farmers” and care for the soil of our lives so that seeds planted will reap a harvest in God’s timing; and
  • Promotes Intimacy – how do we love well by accepting ourselves and others as God accepts us

My Love Dare – week 5



My Love Dare with God – week 4

wk 4Can you believe it??? Week 4 already????  Hallelujah! You’re still here!!!! If you’re anything like me, it may be getting tough continuing to commit the time to fully immerse yourself in this study – one thing is for certain – you are not alone!

Hang in there – continue to strive for balance…don’t rush through to check this off your to-do list, but try not to drop it all together – a fine balance to say the least!  Remember, I’m the person who took 12 months to complete a 12 week study!!!! Keep asking God to stir your heart to know Him more intimately and trust in His timing.

This week we’ll be looking at:

  • how we express our love for God  through Cherishing our relationship with Him and others
  • avoiding the trap of insisting on having things “our” way and showing God and others we value Him/them by seeking their needs first
  • fighting fair – establishing and exercising me boundaries to build bridges instead of burning them

My prayer is consistently for you to thrive in this study and allowing God to grow your relationship with Him to new depths!