If I were to ask every single one of you to tell me one thing just this week alone that was hard, you would each have at least something to tell me. If I were to ask you to go … Read the rest
Imagine that you are the sheep in the pastures of Psalm 23. These aren’t your regular pastures, the lush green fields of Ireland or in the southeastern parts of England. These pastures are dry and arid. Lush, green grass is … Read the rest
On March 13, 2020, we were called into an emergency staff meeting that changed everything. We thought we would close for a few weeks until “this all passed.” All short-term changes can be stressful, and this was no exception, but … Read the rest
I prayed one of those crazy prayers one time, one that I didn’t know was going to rock my comfort boat. I honestly thought I was just asking to call God closer. Often, I wrote and still write, on a … Read the rest
After a few years of working three jobs to make ends meet, it finally became too much. Before I knew it, my house was sold at a foreclosure auction, and I had to figure out where to go from there. … Read the rest
I just love this time of year. Cooler weather, Christmas music, lights, decorations, baking, family, shopping, wrapping presents; it is absolutely my favorite.
For some of us, Christmas may look a little different this year. If that’s the case for … Read the rest
At the age of 10, I made a decision. I CLAIMED REDEMPTION!
I designated myself among the redeemed. My label: “Susan Deaton, redeemed follower of Jesus.”
Reformed, repaired, restored, rescued, delivered. I professed forgiveness, peace, freedom; release from … Read the rest
While the word redeem has many definitions, this one helped me understand the love of Jesus:
gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.
One of the synonyms for this definition is to “make good.”
It … Read the rest
There are moments in life where we may feel like God is far away. We might even perceive Him as unreachable or someone we can’t connect with. In times like these, we may be prompted to perform to seek out … Read the rest
Congratulations! You have finally finished the first draft, or you may be on your way to finishing the first draft. That is an accomplishment you should be excited about. But now, it’s time for the most difficult part, the editing. … Read the rest