• How to Find Hidden Gems of Truth in the Bible

    In this week’s Free Lance-Star Saying Grace column, I shared the deep insights I learned from studying two short Scripture verses. Sometimes, when we read a passage from the Bible, it can seem like there is nothing to learn from it. But Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for training and instruction in righteousness.

    You can read more on the topic here: Free Lance-Star website.

    There are some amazing Bible Study resources on the Internet that you can use in your own study of God’s Word. I have linked some of my favorites below.

    Finally, the reason I found myself studying Psalm 120 in the first place was because I had been asked to teach on it at my church this past Sunday morning. I was amazed at the wisdom, truth, and life application that God revealed to me in those short seven verses. Oh, and if someone knows how to change the screen shot that Facebook chose as the placeholder for this video, let me know! It is not the most flattering of photos – LOL. The worship is fabulous, but if you want to watch just my message, it begins at around the 30 minute mark.


    Bible Study Tools  – A great resource for free commentaries, Bible dictionaries, concordances, and more!

    Faithlife Study Bible – A fantastic study Bible available as an app or in print

    Bible Gateway  – A great site where you can read multiple Bible translation side by side.

    Logos Bible Software – My go to resource for when I really want to dig into a passage. They have multiple package levels to fit different needs.

  • Will you help me be a “hero” for the children at St. Jude Children’s Hospital?


    Click here to visit my St. Jude Hero sponsorship page and to make a donation.

    In this week’s Free Lance-Star Column, I shared about my efforts to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I will be running 19.3 over two days with the St. Jude Heroes team during the Disney Pixie Dust Challenge over Mother’s Day weekend.

    While I will be running for all of the children and families at St. Jude, I have chosen to run in honor of one child in particular. Many of you are familiar with Josh Hardy’s story. You will remember the national headlines and of how his family fought a battle to allow Josh to receive an experimental drug that would save his life.


    Josh has been a patient at St. Jude for several years now. Sadly, Josh is currently hospitalized and on a ventilator at St. Jude due to an infection that has caused breathing issues.

    I am so inspired by this families strength, determination, and most of all their faith and I am honored to be able to run in Josh’s name.

    No family is ever charged for any service received at St. Jude. Your donation will allow parents to focus on helping their children to get well, instead of worrying about how they are going to pay the bills.

    Would you please join me in supporting these families by sponsoring me as I run 19.3 miles over two days? It is going to be a challenge, but it will be nothing compared to what the children and families at St. Jude face every day.

    Click here to visit my St. Jude Hero sponsorship page and to make a donation.

  • My Response to the Duggar Family Sex Abuse Scandal

    This week’s Free Lance-Star column was a very difficult one to write. I know that my opinion will not be a popular one among many Christian circles, but I feel very strongly that we must be ever vigilant for any deviations from the teaching of Christ.


    You can read my column here. I do feel the need to make one thing clear. I do not write the headlines for my columns and I do not see them until they are printed. This particular headline suggests that the Duggars are not Christians. Something that I do not agree with in the least.

    If the Duggars believe that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and rose from the grave conquering death, they are saved and will spend eternity in heaven. Our behavior does not secure our place in Christ’s Kingdom, His sacrifice for our sins did that. It is just up to us to accept that free gift.

    Here are a few of the promised resources. I will be adding more here in the days to come, so check back later in the week.

  • Illustrated Faith and Bible Art Journaling

    I am so excited about this week’s Free Lance Star column and the chance to introduce you to Bible art journaling and Illustrated Faith. For a quick explanation, hop on over to the Free Lance Star website and then come back over here for helpful links and resources to get you started. (This post contains affiliate links.)

    I created this page using watercolor pencils and a black micron pen. I did this before I learned that you can use clear gesso or matte medium on the page to prevent your colors from bleeding through to the other side.
    • If you are as excited about this as I am and are looking to get started, the first place to go is to the Illustrated Faith website. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter. When you do you will receive a tools checklist. I love that they say that all you really need is a Bible and pen.
    • For those planning on doing more in-depth illustrations, I highly recommend checking out Rebekah Jones’ site. She has been posting a weekly challenge using different art techniques and process videos all year. Even better, she has been sharing amazing insights about what God is teaching her through her study.
    • Love stamping? You can purchase stamp sets and accompanying devotionals at the Illustrated Faith Etsy Shop. Be sure to read through the product comparison posts over at the Illustrated Faith blog to be sure you use an ink that is compatible with thin Bible pages.
    • You can find thousands of other believers who are expressing their new found way to worship God on social media. On Facebook, look for the Journaling Bible Community. You can also find Illustrated Faith on Instagram and Twitter.
    • Below, I have included links to some of my favorite products to use. I truly believe that we should not be covering up any of God’s word, so everything I use is either transparent or meant to be used in the margins. You will find that most journaling Bibles are sold out everywhere at the moment. Thankfully, they are scheduled to be back in stock mid-June.

      This second page was done on the back of the first. I used washi tape to cover up the bleed through from the other side.
    • Finally, check back here every Friday as I will be sharing one of my illustrations and what God taught me through the process.

    If this new way to worship God has struck a chord with the creative side of you, please let me know in the comments below. I am hoping to coordinate several Illustrated Faith meet-ups this summer. If you are local, I would love for you to join us!

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  • How to Love UnSelfishly

    Ian and Larissa


    In this week’s Free Lance-Star column, I share the story of Ian and Larissa Murphy.

    Click here to read my column on the Free Lance-Star website.

    I have been haunted by the example of Larissa’s unselfish love for Ian ever since watching this video a few weeks ago.

    Larissa also wrote a series of blog posts here:

    The Story of Ian and Larissa

    To follow along with their ongoing story, visit their personal blog at Pray for Ian.

    I pray that you will be as inspired as I was to live a life of selfless love.

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