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Home is Where Jesus Calls You

You’ve probably heard your share of “homey” quotes…

“Home is where the heart is.”

“Home Sweet Home.”

“Home is where you hang your hat.”

“There’s no place like home” (Wizard of Oz, what, what!)

Ah, home. It conjures up all sorts of apple-pie-wafting, couch-snuggling, T.G.I.F sitcom watching (does anybody else remember the T.G.I.F television programming?) images of joy.

Ahhh... Homey.

Ahhh… Homey.

There is one “home” saying that I have often pondered; one that is (obviously) very popular in the army.

“Home is where the Army sends us.”

This saying is typically painted on a sign, then below it are little placards that have the bases where folks have been stationed. I always think it’s interesting to walk around my neighborhood and imagine the adventures and challenges that come from “home” being Fort Bragg, North Carolina, then Fort Wainwright, Alaska, onto Fort Bliss Texas then Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (I don’t know anyone specifically off the top of my head that has traveled that exact pattern, but you get my drift.)

We, however, do not have one of those signs on our front door. Not because I don’t think they aren’t cool, but because I believe the army isn’t the director of where we move every 2-5 years(ish.)

Jesus is behind the army… So as far as I am concerned, home is where Jesus calls you.

This concept doesn’t just apply to military people. And really, it doesn’t matter if you have moved 10 times in the last 10 years or still live in the same house in which you were born 60 years later.

Home is where Jesus calls you. It’s as simple as that.

Sometimes I struggle with this idea… I see my friends living close(ish) to family, buying or building a home… And honestly, I kind of want that.

No more slapping a coat of paint on hospital-white walls in an attempt to make what we know is a temporary home a little more personal. No more “creative-curtain-ing” when we move into a new home and realize all the windows are a completely different size than the last place we lived. No more praying over the stain in the carpet when it’s housing-move-out inspection time.

God has done (and continues to do) some really incredible work on my heart in this regard, reminding me that HE is in control of where we live, how we get there, how long we stay.

After all, home is where Jesus calls us.

So, three big (albeit, slightly random) thoughts surrounding this topic:

1. Regardless of the place we are called to live, there is no room for envy, jealously, pride or discontent in that equation. Instead of “wishing” for a permanent place near family, we should revel in the adventure God has called us to. Or instead of yearning to get out of a small home town, we should find joy in the familiarity.

2. No matter WHERE we live, or how long we live there… It is STILL temporary. This world is not our home. Let’s enjoy it while we can, but keep in mind that life is but a vapor and there is something WAY more awesome coming our way. Which brings me to point #3…

3. We must live with an eternal perspective. I have a sneaky suspicion that when we eventually make it to our permanent heavenly home, it will blow us away, and no amount of screened in porches, built-in ice machines or bathtub jacuzzis will compare. (Just a few thoughts for my earthly dream home, FYI.)

As you read this, I am enjoying some time back with my family in my childhood home. It’s great to be back in the country with the animals and feeling of fall all around. But as awesome as ALL of my earthly homes have been so far, whether it was in Kansas, Missouri, Georgia or Washington, I know something even more incredible awaits me…

Because after all, home is where Jesus calls us… and someday, we will experience Home sweet Home like never before!

Heaven is where my heart is,

PS: Do you know where your eternal home is going to be? If not, I would love to talk with you about that. It won’t be weird or awkward or judgey, I promise… But seriously, gimme a shout via

“By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.” ~Hebrews 11:8-10 MSG 

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From Never to Forever (Preaching Recap)

Have I mentioned lately that GOD ROCKS?!?!?

I have? Oh. Well, just in case you forgot—GOD ROCKS!

Last Sunday, I had the incredible opportunity to preach… yes, for the first time ever. For two services. The attendees at Kincaid UMC and Welda UMC were wonderful! And I am happy to report that God showed up and showed out in some pretty remarkable ways.

As we rejoice in God’s goodness and power today, I wanted to share with you a synopsis of the message that God laid on my heart. The following is an abbreviated version of my notes since it was a 25-minute sermon and that is a bit much for a single blog post. (Forgive the choppiness… That is why they are notes. Although I did try to make them legible for purposes of this post.)

Thanks to all of you who were praying for this experience… God really rocked our socks off and painted a very vivid picture of how to go from Never… to Forever!!

To the Glory of God alone,


PS: Let me know what you think… leave a comment below! 🙂


When I was growing up, I had it all figured out. I had a long list of things I was going to do, and a long list of things I was NEVER going to do. For example:

I would NEVER agree to the words in Ephesians of submitting to a man. Now? I am married to a wonderful soldier and couldn’t be happier.

I would NEVER Miss “home.” Now? I think of Kansas everyday from Fort Benning, GA.

I would NEVER work for free. Now? I have answered the call to ministry and work for “Jesus dollars” as ministry apprentice at CCC in Columbus, GA.

I would NEVER be comfortable talking about Jesus. Now? It’s Sunday morning, and I am blessed to share with you my heart for Jesus.

I have been called to tell others about Christ, living in the light of eternity. God took my long list of NEVER… and changed it focusing on His FOREVER.

Think to yourself… About your “nevers.” Has God changed it in ways you could never imagine?  Or did He try to change it and you resisted?  Are you currently living your life to influence other people’s forever in the name of Christ?

Living our lives with the “Forever” of others in mind must be intentional. It’s not easy. But we can let God do the work. There are three big parts of going from Never to Forever—we have to Know it, Show it and Grow it!

Know it!

Did you know… As few as 5 to 10 percent of people in the average church have shared their faith in the last year? That means that 90 percent of people have chosen the sin of silence.

But it’s not too late—we worship a very loving and forgiving God, so if you are perhaps one of the 90 percent who squirms at the thought of mentioning Jesus over lunch with a friend or is embarrassed about sharing your faith, take heart—It’s never to late for God to use us!

ALL of us have been called to share the gospel… Look at the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

It’s called the Great “Commission” not “The Great suggestion.” Jesus isn’t telling us to share the Good News if we feel like it or if it is convenient. Commission is an authoritative order.

William Faye, author and evangelist says it well: “People do not put their faith in Christ because we force them to believe. They put their faith in Christ because God uses us to point out the truth.”

Show it!

Step 1: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength—without this, we got nothing!

Love neighbor as yourself… As in, everyone is your neighbor.

God will give you the words to say and heart of love to do it—if you are open and receptive to what He is asking you to do

Discuss: Factor of 7 Experience

“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:38 MSG

When your flesh or the enemy tries to talk you into chickening out… Remember that WE have already been given the greatest gift. Think back to the Scripture—“give away your life and find life given back.” God’s son Jesus LITERALLY gave away His life, arms stretched on the cross… Shouldn’t we pass the love from that gift onto others, giving them to chance to change their life of minimal hope and thoughts of “never” to “Because of God… I have Forever!”

Grow it!

God has done incredible work in my life, and He can do the same for you as well… All we have to do is love Him and listen

Share: Christ in Cow pasture

God took my “Never” feeling comfortable talking about Jesus and used it to change my Dad’s forever

Let’s take moment to sit in silence and listen to the Holy Spirit… Allow Him to bring to your mind anyone that you know needs to hear to the love of Christ. How will you specifically love on someone in the name of Christ this coming week to be a seed planter? Take a few moments to consider this…

Sharing the Gospel is not a contest to get the most “soul wins” or mark one up on the Jesus scoreboard. It’s not something to check off for a list in heaven. If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and savior, you are already guaranteed a ticket to heaven. If you haven’t, today is a great place to start.  Ask Him to take you from never to forever.

If you have already received Christ, we have a promise of heaven. And when we reach that gate, wouldn’t it be awesome to God to scoop us up and say “Well done my good and faithful servant?!”

It doesn’t matter your occupation or the time of year… It is always planting season when we are considering the idea of Christ’s love, the gospel. It’s time to get out there and get our hands dirty… When the Holy Spirit gets involved, we have a privilege to sow the seeds and the possibility of taking a person’s never to God’s forever.

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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Do you remember that movie from the 1993 called “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey?” You know, the one with the two dogs (Shadow and Chance) and the cat (Sassy.)

Oh. You don’t? Well, google it. I will wait.

Got it? Ok. Well, it was one of my favorite movies back in the day– we owned it on VHS, and if we still had a VHS player, I would probably still watch it on occasion. That movie included my favorite things: Disney, animals and adventure.

Now my life is a little less Disney and a lot more adventure.

Living about a thousand miles from “home” provides challenges and opportunities for growth like you wouldn’t believe (unless of course, you have lived it. Then you totally get what I’m saying.)

As you read this, I am currently in the process of being homeward bound for a few days– We (as in Sweet Justus the pup, our currently-cooking-softball-sized-baby Little Patriot and myself) have made it to my sweet parents-in-love’s house in South Dakota. (Note: It is a LONG frigging drive from Fort Benning, GA to South Dakota. Just saying.)

And I think my heart is about to explode. (In a good way, of course.)

It is SO awesome to be back in the midwest… I haven’t been back since last Christmas break  and I am thrilled to get back to the land of corn (well, if the drought hadn’t burnt it all up) and cattle. In a few short days, I am southbound and down, heading to Kansas for a few precious days of family, agriculture and chaos that only our tiny little community can provide.

WHEW!!! They still fit!! (There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…)

I addition to anticipation of seeing my family, the farm,  and friends– I also have a big-ish announcement. Ready?

I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PREACH. That’s right, I have been invited to bring the Sunday morning message at our local church for TWO different services.

I couldn’t be more excited. (If you happen to be in the southeast Kansas region on September 30th, come on down to the Kincaid United Methodist Church at 9am then follow us over to the Welda UMC church at 11am. I would love to share with you what God has laid on my heart!)

It is such a blessing to have a home to love and look forward to– but honestly, my friends– it doesn’t matter where you are from, if you love your “home” or not… we ALL have a home that we can look forward to.

See, we are all homeward bound– someday, we will be home. Like, with Jesus. Yeah, in heaven. And that’s gonna be so awesome that it will blow any sweet childhood memories and love of the countryside out of the water.

Our current adventure of being homeward bound might seem to be kind of long and tedious some days. (ARE WE THERE YET?!?)  There are going to be “those days” where we are at the end of our ropes. Then there are other days where we can’t imagine that things can get any better than this.

But trust me. It can. And it will. Because we are all Homeward Bound. And yes, it’s an INCREDIBLE journey.

There’s no place like home,

PS: In what place do you feel most at home? How do you feel when you think about our eventual eternal home? I always love to hear your thoughts– please leave a comment below!

“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13 (NIV)

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From Cluttered to Clean

Woooowwwweeee! I had a wild and crazy weekend folks.

That’s right, I spent  Friday and Saturday cleaning my house. Such a rebel rouser in my old age, huh? Actually, cleaning might be an understatement. I think “scouring” or “OCD organizing” might be more appropriate descriptions. (Um, I didn’t think nesting started for a few months yet? Holy cow.)

Before I get to far into this post, there are a few things you need to know about me. I am NOT one of those people who “likes” to clean. Sure, I try to keep up on dishes semi-regularly so nothing is growing in the sink and I will occasionally sweep the kitchen floor (but only after my husband has left behind piles of sand from work.) But other than that, I need serious motivation to clean.

For some weird reason, I got EXTREMELY motivated to clean starting Friday afternoon. Sure, I have a semi-steady stream of company coming starting this week. But surface cleaning usually does the trick. Plus, I don’t really believe in spring cleaning. (As a youth, “spring cleaning” was the worst profanity ever uttered by my mother to my little person ears.)

Apparently, that changes on Friday.  Over about a day and a half, I spent 12 hours in a cleaning frenzy. I thought I had lost my mind.

Obviously, this wasn’t just a general surface clean… it was deep. It was intense. It was exhausting. Here’s a brief overview of how crazy things got this weekend, just me, the pup and a scrub brush. (Ok, and vacuum and paper towels and Swiffer and…)

  • Washed all rugs, bedsheets, and every piece of laundry
  • Vacuumed all floors, including the stairs (How does such a tiny dog shed so much!?!)
  • Reorganized entire kitchen, including the pantry, tupperware, countertops and spice cabinet
  • Unclogged my bathtub drain (I don’t want to get into details, but it looked like a small rodent had died in there. I briefly considered shaving my head to avoid any future incidents.)

    After my intense book purge, I actually have SPACE on my shelf for the first time... ever. This shelf coupled with the other identical shelf leaves me with two whole empty shelves. See, God really does do modern day miracles!

  • Purged my book collection, which resulted in me donating a full rubbermaid container of books to a friend
  • Completely recategorized my bookshelves
  • Dusted/wiped down the baseboards
  • Cleaned out the office closet completely to prepare for transition to nursery…

Oh, and based on the amount of trash I carried out, I think our neighbors thought I was moving. That or they thought I was delusional, because on one trip to the trash can, I kinda sorta forgot that I was wearing my grungy scrubbing clothes AND my wedding tiara. (Hey, don’t judge me. I hate cleaning and knew a little bling would make things more fun.)

I will give you a moment to stop laughing at my pathetic attempt to be the “Clean Queen.”

Ok, now that’s outta the way… Back to the topic at hand. During the 12 hours one-on-one with the scrub brush and vacuum, I began to think.

God is a pretty great house cleaner too. He lives in us, so we are kind of like His house.  Thus, today I ask you: Do you have any cluttered areas in your heart that you need to let God clean up? Any clogs? Any junk that needs to be purged? Does your relationship with Jesus need to be dusted off?

It doesn’t matter what amount of clutter you are dealing with in your heart, whether it is a junk mail sized pile or perhaps and entire 3 bedroom dusty, hairy, disheveled mess. God can take care of it. All you have to do is ask. He can unclutter, unclog, reorganize, wash, refresh and polish you from the inside out.

Ask God to grab His cleaning supplies and take you from cluttered to clean.

Loving Jesus is lemony fresh,


He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” –Matthew 3:12 (MSG) 

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