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March 18, 2020

Even with all the hustle and bustle going on in our nation right now, this has been the most relaxed I've been in over six months, maybe even longer. 

Some of my most favorite activities require solitude, prayer and writing and what better way to make myself do those things while we're all encouraged to stay home. After some time, I remembered that Baylor asked me to write a daily devotional and guess what? 

The devotional...

March 11, 2020

Spring Break is here! Wow, I have not uttered those words in over ten years and I'm just as excited as I was back then. Last week when I was thinking about this post, I had already begun my reading list, to-do list, cycling schedule and boy was I tired. 

To be honest, seminary has been an absolute blast and other than my husband, I have not told a soul about this new journey. So I thought, what a wonderful opportunity to s...

Yesterday was tough.

Bad days don't come around very often for me but yesterday, it truly was one for the books. During my normal lunch hour, I feasted on a delicious salad from Cafe Express. I'm not sure why I was searching for June 2019 because the event I was trying to book was for June 2020. All of a sudden, I felt a rock form in my throat. It may sound weird but a heaviness crept up until tears began whelping up in my eye...

Back in January, God advised me on numerous occasions that this would be a year of pruning. Sadly, I "thought" I knew what He had in mind but I did not have a clue. If you missed those messages and want to catch up, feel free to listen HERE.

The process began with a glimpse of 2019's focal point to, "Be Present". Slowly but surely, God's reminder of what was to come, came into fruition. And just as expected, the...

November 26, 2019

Good afternoon all! I wanted to drop into your inbox and let you know I will be taking time away from social media to dig deeper into a heart of thanksgiving with my Heavenly Father over the next couple of days. 

During this hectic time with food shopping, meal prepping, and family gatherings, I want to remind myself of the reason for the season; in hopes to encourage you to do the same. I mean, 

"What if you woke...

October 1, 2019

"Are you finding what you're looking for?" She asked.

"No ma'am, but I'm just browsing." I responded.

I searched for her Barnes and Noble name tag when she added, "Yeah, me neither ... they're looking in the back though."

Gabby was her name and she was patiently scouring for her book. She was petite with equally short black hair, falling onto her cute white cardigan. Instantly I knew she was one of us and it took all of about th...

Happy Tuesday all! 

Below is last month's message about how God may ask us to GO in order for us to GROW!

Happy planting!

August 20, 2019

A couple of weeks ago during our annual summer vacation, the Lord spoke to me and asked me a very peculiar question. This question was probably answered too quickly because the conversation lasted for the next few days. 

A gentle voice said, "Are you keeping ALL of my commandments?" 

The short version is no, I was not keeping all of His commandments and the one overlooked was lucky number four. 

“Remember the Sabbath day,...

In 2015, I met a young couple at church and within minutes, I knew it was only a matter of time before they were married. Low and behold, a couple of years later, Elden bruised his knee when he knelt down to ask Jennifer to marry him. Shortly thereafter, The Rivas crew would continue to preach the gospel all over the world. This particular couple thrives by doing God's work in the mission field. Whether it's in the dark alley...

Last week we journeyed through an insider view into the Gatesville Women's Prison. If you missed last week's blog, you can read it HERE.

We ended with a young woman by the name of Missy. Theoretically, her name was Melissa but for some time, she has been incapable of pronouncing it so to help those around her, she decided to shorten the syllables. 

Let me back up for a moment as I believe I'm gettin...

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