Here’s the truth: Not everyone embraces the idea of prayer.
That realization amazed me.read more
The Honor of the Liebster Award For those of you who aren’t privy to the “underground” world of bloggers 😉 and for some of you who are, you may have never heard of the Liebster Award. It’s recognition presented to bloggers by bloggers. Peer-to-peer, which means a...read more
Welcome to my new website and home of my blog, Strengthened by the Word. I’m beyond excited to greet you in my new virtual home. My name is Cathy – I’m your host and tour guide today. 🙂
I hope to show you around and help you become better acquainted with this ministry. This is akin to an open house that you might attend for someone’s new home. I hope you enjoy this virtual open house, the historical narrative, and a bit of behind the scenes information. I expect it to be a lot of fun.read more
I had to ask myself the question because the Lord’s conviction fired a direct hit to my heart. Mind you, conviction from the Lord (revealing how I have missed the mark in His eyes) is much different from condemnation (expressing His disapproval). The Bible says there...read more
You may find yourself wondering, “Where did the summer go?”
Or “How can the school year be upon us already?”
Are you wondering how in the world to get that to-do list done?
Remember, this craziness is only for a short season. Before long, you’ll establish your routine and find a nice rhythm of life. Until then, take that breather. Grab a cold beverage, a quiet moment, and review the verses that reveal the Lord’s heart toward you:read more
We all have them:
Days when a heavy burden brings any hope of progress to a screeching halt. We’re overwhelmed by emotion. Or tasks. Or vain imaginations.
A sense of crushing disorder can set in when we’re afraid of the future… or the past, or when we have a significant choice to make. The chaos wears us out until we can no longer discern the Lord’s leading above our own feelings. We break down – and disabling procrastination sets in.read more
The heaviness in my heart was palpable, dampening my spirit and darkening my disposition. In a word, I felt defeated, reflecting on the loss of relationships, time, and even hope. I needed restoration. Why, I wondered, did I continue to pour myself into that which did...read more
What comes to mind when you think of generosity? If you’re like me, you may think of charitable contributions, helping the poor, or financial giving to your church missions or benevolence ministries. Like me, you likely think of sharing your hard-earned income.read more
While I offered forgiveness, my heart still hurt. I said, “Yes, let’s move forward instead of staying stuck in the past,” while hoping, deep down, that they’d somehow acknowledge consequences, see the big picture, and count the cost. Since I didn’t see that happening, I felt rather justified in my offense.
Enter the slippery slope of subtle sin.read more
While studying each member of the Trinity, a prayer came from my lips to our Heavenly Father. Sharing my thoughts may help you personalize God, our Creator, Jesus, our Savior and the Holy Spirit, our Counselor.read more
The words seemed to roll off her tongue in a surprisingly easy fashion. “I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.” Our phone conversation took a sudden turn at that point. “It’s just stage 1,” she went on. “I’m scheduled for a lumpectomy.” As I gave my commiseration...read more
Today is a great day! It’s the 30th day of our Whole30 adventure! Does this mean our journey is over? NO – in fact, it’s just beginning. Tomorrow, on day 31, we begin the reintroduction program of all the foods we’ve removed from our diet over the last month. We’ll...read more
“What in the world do you eat on Whole30?”
I’ve heard that a few times while explaining the Whole30® program. The answer is, pretty much everything, except for grains, corn, beans, dairy, preservatives, processed foods, sugar, and sugar substitutes. (Did I miss anything?) To be sure, the list of “don’ts” seems excessive, but here’s a way of thinking it through:read more
One week into the Whole30® program and I can begin to see how my eating habits were purely driven by the desires of the flesh. Lord, help me put the old habits behind me and glorify You with all I put into my body.read more
I’ve had to re-examine my relationship with food.
Not so very long ago I found good success with calorie counting. As with most new and wonderful things, the disciplined habits lost traction through vacations, ministry travel, family celebrations, and – if I’m honest – personal laziness.read more
Thanks so much for visiting. I’m glad you’re here!
I’m an overcomer with a heart to teach others to overcome, too. Trials in life can be tough… sometimes nearly paralyzing. But they don’t have the power to hold us down. Why? Because we’re made free in Christ.
This blog is about sharing life, embracing joy, and overcoming together. Because our Creator and Savior never intended that we walk the path alone. Let’s learn to follow hard after Jesus, side by side.
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