Friday Affirmation: Waves Obey

Father, how amazing is it that even the wind and waves obey You? The wind can blow me around. The waves can shake me when I’m on water. Yet to You, they are nothing. They must bow at Your voice, at Your word. Father, that power is immense and You exercise it on my behalf….

What if…you succeed?

Lately on the Grove we have been discussing “what ifs”. The question can be positive: What if my dream comes true? OR The question can be negative: What if everything falls apart? It is easy to focus on the negative, isn’t it? But I want to challenge you to focus on the positive “what ifs.”…

Affirmation Friday: Rejoice

Father, thank You for the promise that I can rejoice and shout for joy. That I can play and celebrate no matter what is happening because You are in the middle of my life. You are the God of joy. And You promise that the joy of the Lord is my strength. God, I need…

Friday Affirmation: You are King

Father, You are my king. But even more, You are the King who goes before me. There is nothing, no situation, that You aren’t in the middle of and making a way through. It can be so easy to cling to fear, but the truth is You go before me. Thank You for being a…

Friday Affirmation: Dwell in Safety

Father, You are a safe place. In a world that rocks out of control, this is a truth that is so important for me to remember. You. Are. A. Safe. Place. No matter what is in the news. No matter what the weather forecast is. No matter the state of my job. You. Are. Safe….

When “What If” Turns Dangerous

I recently finished my tenth novel! This one will technically be my eighth published novel, as the first two were just practice. I’m in love with the title and I’m in love with the cover, which I’m not at liberty to share quite yet. I am, however, at liberty to tell you that the main…

Friday Affirmation: Resting

Father, can I admit how tired I am? How hard it is for me to rest in Your presence? I long to do exactly this. I long to rest in You, to abide in You. But the needs of my family, my job, my friends, they all pull on me. But I know in Your…

What If: God Gave Us Our Desires

In 2012 my family spent two months in Hannover, Germany, while I taught a graduate class. It was an incredible trip. One we continue to talk about as a key part of our family history. Yet it wasn’t until we were about to come back that I learned that the contract for Shadowed by Grace was…

Friday Affirmation: Hope heaven-high

  Father, Your hope is heaven-high. That means my hope is heaven-high. On the days and nights that I can’t find hope, would You remind me of this truth? Our world needs hope desperately, but I know how very hard it can be to find it. I need You. We need You. Without You we…

The Trap of What Ifs

What if I told you a secret? And now that I’ve got your attention, I’ll confess that it’s not a secret exactly. But it is something that I don’t tell many people – something that I don’t like to think about, even though I live with this reality every day of my life. I have…

Friday Affirmation: Shine Your Light

Father, our world can seem so dark at times. You called us to be a light, but that means we have to have a light to shine. Could you help me keep my light burning? Draw me to deep times of abiding in You so that Your light overflows out of me, shining a light…

The Big What If….

By: Katherine Reay We use this idea in story – and often it is what draws us in. What if this happened, or she said this, or he did that or… WHAT IF?It’s a device that allows us to think outside the box, stretch and safely touch upon the scary and unthinkable. And in fiction, it’s…

Friday Affirmation: A Race to Run

Father, this race I’m on is exhausting. I long to curl up and take myself from the race. Somedays, it just feels too hard. Would You remind that You have called me to this and that You are with me on this race? That You won’t call me to a race that You won’t call…