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God’s Sacred Name

YHWH is God’s Hebrew name. Y’shua is Jesus’ Hebrew name. God and Jesus are just two of the many, many titles English-speaking people use. Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. Jer 23:27 Will God Answer to ... Read More »

Our Need to Feel Loved, Valued, and Accepted

I believe the new explosion in blogging is a portrait of people needing to be heard, to be understood, and to be accepted. How is it that we fret over the number of pages we read in our Bible and count the number of minutes on our knees, but ignore  the deep emotional needs of our brothers and sisters in ... Read More »

An Easy Way to Make Homeschool Decisions

Every year I receive many, many emails from nervous, anxious, frustrated mothers trying to make decisions about the year’s new homeschool plans. Some are deciding to homeschool, some are deciding on teaching approaches, some are deciding on curriculum. The common thread is fear of making the wrong decision. Putting Things In Perspective Dear Ones, I would like to help you ... Read More »

Behold the Man!

Jesus’ apostles and Jewish disciples came to know him first as a Rabbi and only later as the risen Savior. For second-generation and subsequent believers, however, the process was reversed. First they encountered in faith the risen and reigning Son of God, and only later – if at all – did they come to learn in any depth about the man, Yeshua MiNatzeret (Jesus of Nazareth). Read More »

Woven into a Tapestry of Love

Paul wrote Colossians while he was in prison in Rome. He had been there for about two and a half years, and heard the word of the Lord (Acts 19:10). Colossians 2 and 3 shows our access to the exalted Christ in heaven is immediate and direct, and  “in him,” we belong to One who is fully God and require ... Read More »

Refreshing Theological Fire Hydrant

A few years ago I immersed myself in lectures by Dr. C. Baxter Kruger of Perichoresis Ministries—one of the best contemporary theologians of this century. His lectures were like  the refreshing, invigorating  spray of a fire hydrant. The cleansing waters helped set me free from dry, parched legalism.  I recently began listening to them for the third time—I just can’t ... Read More »

Dancing with the Trinity, Unity, & Humility

Before the creation of the world, there existed the eternal dance of the Trinity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have always enjoyed a beautiful, responsive dance of love in perfect harmony. “The great dance is about abundant life—love, passion, joy, fellowship, and creativity. It is the fellowship of the relationship of the Father, Son, and Spirit. The incarnation is ... Read More »

Fruitcake and Ice Cream

I am at Belinda’s house (my oldest daughter)  sobbing over a DVD we watched together by Louie Gigglio titled  FruitCake and Ice Cream. Watch a clip by clicking the preview button below: That’s the story of Ashley, a somewhat typical college senior–loving life, partying hard and trying to balance it all with success in the classroom. Disengaged from God and turned ... Read More »

Can We Control Spiritual Growth & Emotional Healing?

Darin Hufford, author of The Misunderstood God: The Lies Religion Tells About God, discusses the topic of  Involuntary Spirituality on his blog and podcast. This topic really made me think and question myself. Darin explains that spiritual growth and emotional healing are involuntary, like physical growth and physical healing. We don’t control it. He uses the term involuntary spirituality in ... Read More »

What if We Just Started Loving People?

What if we just started loving the people God puts before us each day, can you imagine what would spill out of that in terms of opportunity, ministry and even growing fellowship? —Wayne Jacobsen The following is adapted from articles from BodyLife Love is often considered an emotion, but for God, it’s a commitment and a commandment! Everyone alive want ... Read More »

Bring the Rain!

This song is a long time favorite because my life has had much more rain than sunshine. But ya know what? God is restoring the years the locust ate! The storms were worth it because I am closer to my savior. Read More »

Blissdom Pocket Planner

I will be attending the Blissdom conference Feb 4-6 in Nashville. I made this Blissdom pocket planner for the Blissdom ladies. You can easily folded into quarters and slipped into a jeans pocket. Extra space is provided for your personal notes. Read More »

Do You Wear a Mask?

We wear masks because we want people to accept and like us. We wear many different masks, not only to make ourselves look good, but often motivated by a sincere desire to make God look good. If you are being accepted by the people around you because of a mask, deep down you know that it is only the false ... Read More »

2010 Blissdom Conference!

Blissfully  Domestic is hosting the Blissdom Conference  in Nashville on February 4-6 2010. I hope to attend. Sponsorship Opportunity I have transportation and accommodations but no ticket. I’m praying God will provide a sponsor to pay the $299 registration fee. HeartofWisdom.com receives over 20,000 unique visitors each month. See Heart of Wisdom Stats. Normally I don’t advertise on this site ... Read More »

Dehydration: As Serious as a Heart Attack

I had a really scary experience yesterday I want to share to prevent someone else from learning the hard way. Our family has a flu bug. I didn’t think it was too bad. My son was vomiting and had a headache one day and the next morning I awaoke feeling achy with a headache. By mid morning my son and ... Read More »

The Invisible Woman

Nicole’s sketch “The Invisible Woman” brings a powerful message of hope to every taken-for-granted woman in today’s world. God never expects usto parent alone. The Holy Spirit will assist us in faithfully shepherding our children according to scriptural principles. All we need to do is ask and be willing to follow His lead. In Proverbs 31, God has given us ... Read More »

My Resolution & Top 10 Posts in 2009

My New Year's resolution is to be kinder. I was convicted by a Bible study on Micah 6. What Does God Require of You? Sometimes I feel like I'm always the stern boss Mommy. I want my children to remember their mother showing kindness more than discipline. Read More »

Read the Bible in 90 Days Bible Challenge

Raising Olives challenged everyone to read the Bible in 90 days. You mean read the Bible cover to cover in 90 Days?! Yes. Its not hard to do. Did you know you can read the Bible in 90 days in less time than it takes to listen to an hour of TV each day? OUCH! Read More »

Names of God: YHWH, Father, Daddy, Papa, I Am

YHWH is often referred to as the Ineffable Name, the Unutterable Name or the Distinctive Name. Linguistically, it is associated with the Hebrew root Heh-Yod-Heh, “to be,” which shows that God is eternal. In the Bible, this Name is used when discussing God’s relation with human beings, and when emphasizing His qualities of loving kindness and grace. The author of ... Read More »

Feeling Worthy When We Aren’t

How does one “settle the issue of our worth” when we are taught we are not worthy? I’m speaking of  Christ-centered confidence, not self-made worth.  Self-worth and self-dependence can blind us to the holiness and glory of God. God sees us as worthy! He is like the shepherd that left the 99 sheep to look for the one lost lamb. ... Read More »

I Got Tired of Disappointing God

In this must see video John Lynch, a phenomenal communicator, will delight you with his engaging humor and realistic approach to today's issues. He combines a wealth of experience as a teaching pastor and elder at Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona. Read More »

The Self-Esteem Lie

We (the baby boomer generation) have been taught self-esteem and self-control are critical answers to life’s problems. These are lies. Self-effort puts the focus on us and we end up missing Jesus. A relationship with God cannot be earned by our diligence, our commitment, or our effort. The secular word focuses on self-esteem. Turn it around – “esteemed self.” What’s ... Read More »

Have You Sown Seed Today?

Yes, I’m blogging about sowing, again. Seed sowing is my  my passion! I want fruit in my life and fruit in my children’s life. . I want to sow seeds and encourage others to sow seeds. Light is sown like seed for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11a Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful ... Read More »

Producing Spritual Fruit in Our Children

Here lies the secret of parenting that will produce good spiritual fruit in our children: The Parable of the Sower begins with the preaching of the Word, or the planting of the seed in the hearts of people. The seed is God’s Word; the different soils symbolize different types of hearts; and the varied results show the different responses to ... Read More »

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