Distorted Truth

One of the first recorded moments of “struggle” in the bible, the enemy had two tactics he used to wear Eve down. 

1: He tried to get her to question what God said to them.

Genesis 3:1 

“… Did God actually say you couldn’t eat from any tree in the garden?”

He knew that wasn’t what God said, but he wanted Eve to question what God said. To get her thinking about the words. She knew what he said to them, she even told the servant exactly what God told them. They could eat from any tree just not THAT tree.

2: The serpent used TRUTH to confuse Eve. He distorted the truth to the point where the original message didn’t make that much sense any more. 

Genesis 3:4

 But the serpent said to the woman ” you will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God. Knowing good and evil.”

At this point Eve is seeing his point of view. She started to focus on the “truth” that was said, instead of the truth God had told her. She lost sight of the big picture. Only seeing the snippet the enemy placed in front of her.

And it was truth, distorted to make his point of view seem better. It was still a truth. 

Genesis 3:22

The lord God said “behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever…”

The truth can be distorted to make a different point of view seem better. Taken out of context and twisted to prove a different point. God told Adam and Eve that if they ate of the tree they would surely die. They didn’t drop dead as soon as they ate the fruit, they lost something in that very moment though. Death is not always a physical death. The moment they ate, their innocence died. They felt shame. A little part of them died inside and they wanted to hide from God. The bond that they had with God, being so close in the garden, that died the moment they decided to eat the fruit.

The enemy loves distorted truths. They get a rise out of us almost immediately.  He can take a moment when we acted out of selfishness and distort it into us believing that we’re better than everyone. Or a moment when someone treated us terribly in their selfish moment and have us believing we’re worthless. 

There are so many ways that the truth gets distorted. We need to keep our eyes on the big picture. To keep the real truth hidden in our hearts, where no one can change it. 

I hope that together we can help keep the truth of who we are in Christ, directly in front of each other’s eyes. To help each other see through the distortion to the true beauty of the truth.



I was reading my bible and came across a story that I have read many time throughout my Christian walk. It’s a story that I’m sure anyone who has read a little of the bible or even been to church on Easter has heard.

Luke 23:26-43…The crucifixion.


Jesus is being led to his crucifixion and people are mocking him. Two other criminals are being crucified at the same time as Jesus. Both on the same mountain top as Jesus. The soldiers around them are mocking Jesus, and splitting up his belongings. Yelling insult at him.  37 ” If you are the king of the Jews save yourself.” Of the two, one criminal joined in. He mocked and insulted Jesus right along with the others.

It’s the actions of the second man that catches my attention.

Luke 23:40

But the other criminal rebuked him. ” Don’t you fear God,” he said “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”  

Then he said, ” Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

The audacity! This man is convicted of a crime, severe enough to deserve the death penalty. Yet he has the nerve to ask Jesus to remember him when he gets to heaven. Many of us would look down on him, thinking the punishment is fitting the crime.

Jesus is dying and most likely in a lot of pain at that very moment. My response would have been something along the lines of, “Seriously? You really want to ask this of me, now!” Unlike me, Jesus has a whole lot of patience and love. His response is simple yet so profound.

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

He responds without a hint of hesitation. No condemnation, only love.

This scripture stood out to me because how often have I felt like my sins are too great?  I’ve caught myself thinking that I could never be good enough. Here, Jesus shows no hesitation to a man who is dying for his crimes. He simply welcomes him into paradise with open arms. The man only needed to speak out, and ask. It took courage and audacity to reach out and ask Jesus to remember him, but he did it any way. He knew something about Christ that many of us forget too easily.  His love never fails, never runs out, and is available to ALL who ask.

Friends I hope and pray that we have this kind of audacity! That no matter where you are , or what you have gone through, or are going through, you can ask of God.  He’s waiting with open arms, ready to respond with no condemnation, ONLY love!

The Whispers


David was surrounded by people plotting to take his life. In a very real sense. I can say with full confidence that I don’t have anyone plotting my murder. Even though sometimes it feels like everything is against me. Pulling me and stretching me until I have nothing left.

It really doesn’t matter what it is that is tugging at you to get your attention. Children, a dirty house, a new business, moving, a new church and friends, starting over, that all tugs at me right now. They whisper for my attention. Distracting me from the well of life. Having time with God.

To be completely transparent, they win, way more often than they should! I allow my time to be over taken by the things that whisper to be first priority. They pull and pull until I feel like I have nothing left inside. My life becomes chaos.

But I trust in you O Lord;

I say ” You are my God.”


It is such a powerful thing to stop and say in a loud voice “You are my God.”  Taking back control of myself and submitting to God’s control.  The struggles and temptations of this world can take our life if we let them.  They can take over and wreak havoc. Yes, it’s a choice! No matter what you’re going through, you have the choice to stop, sit down with God, and tell him “You are my God.”

Sit down, write down everything whispering for your attention, and then submit to God’s control. Putting God first above all else is the only way we can keep our life, because everything of this world is whispering to take it. As long as God is first, there will always be time for all other necessities.

My life and my family are so much better off when mamma gets her time with Jesus!

The Law and Grace


The Law VS. Faith

I am going to take a moment and be totally transparent.   When the whole Jesus thing was first introduced to me I thought it was a whole lot of things I couldn’t and shouldn’t do. I was living my life and dealing with my hurt and pain the best way I knew how.  It never really got me any closer to true happiness, but my life has had its moments. I was blind to the fact that there could be anything more. A happiness that could last longer than the moment I was in.

As I have read the bible more,  built my own beliefs about who Jesus was, and who God is to me, I have begun to see something different.  Where I saw rules and a whole bunch of things not to do, there was actually freedom, and joy, and most of all GRACE.

Romans 3:20

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Paul is explaining how and why we are saved.  He says that the law, that was written down through Moses, is there to show us what sin is.  After all, how would we know what we are doing is wrong if there are no guidelines for what right and wrong are?  The old testament was filled with a very long list of things that you could not do.  There was also a list of things that you had to do. Sacrifices you needed to make.

When you see a child in public acting like a hellion, we’ve all seen them, don’t pretend you haven’t, your first thought is “where is that kids parents?”  I’ve thought it, and it’s even been my kid at some point. Well, that child does not come out of the womb knowing that throwing themselves on the ground in the middle of the grocery store and screaming so the entire parking lot can hear, is wrong.  That is the job of the parents to inform that child that they better get their butt up off the ground or they will get in BIG trouble. Because it’s wrong. Of course they will still do it occasionally, because they’re children, but they now know that it is wrong and that there will be consequences.

That is law.

We are sinful by our very nature, and when you tell us not to think about a purple elephant, wouldn’t you know that is ALL we can think about. So of course we sin and continue to fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

God loves us so much that he didn’t want to watch us continue to fail. Never being able to really succeed.

That is why he sent his son! He loves us too much to watch us fail. Jesus came in the very nature of sinful humans so that he could be our sin offering. He died in order for the righteous requirement of the law to be fulfilled.

3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful humanity to be a sin offering.  And so he condemned sin in human flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement on the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

(Romans 8:3-4)

That doesn’t mean the law goes away and we live however we want whenever we want. It’s like when you finally become an adult.  When you go back to your parents house, you know they have certain rules. Will you get a spanking if you disobey them? Hopefully not, because that could make for a very awkward Christmas dinner.  However you will probably get the stink eye.  Anyone who has disobeyed your parents in public knows exactly what I am talking about!  That look that says “oh no you did not just so that!”

I have two little girls, they are adorable, and precious to me. But they know “the look.” My oldest is only four and I think I have perfected “the look.” When you are an adult you only get “the look.” There is no major discipline that follows. No bathroom visits to ‘talk’.  The look tells you that you have stepped over the line a little and you need to recalculate you steps a bit.

That’s how it is with the law.  We have rules and guidelines that God wants us to follow. We no longer have the same discipline that there was before Christ came. We no longer have to suffer death for not following the letter of the law.  But that does not give us the right to throw the rule book out the window.  God is the master at ‘the look’, you know you’ve felt it before.

Sometimes I feel like God is up there looking down on me and saying “Really, really Sarah?” When you get that feeling you know it’s time to recalculate.  There are always consequences to our actions. Most of the time we bring them upon ourselves with the choices we make.

You know if you need to recalculate. It’s a feeling that is not easy to ignore.  But you can’t know where to move to, if you don’t what you’re moving away from.  That is why you need to know the law. To study the bible and decide where your feet are going to tread today.

If you don’t know the law, you can never truly appreciate and understand God’s grace.

Grace means that all of your MISTAKES now serve a PURPOSE instead of serving shame!

Fixing the pieces


Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me   to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted

Jesus came to bind up the broken hearted.

When something breaks your heart you feel like your world is ending. Like you will never be the same. We want to put the pieces back together so we can be whole again, but no matter what we do we’re still broken!

It’s like when you were little and you accidentally broke something, you  try to cover it up by fixing it. Your first thought is “oh snap!” Then you go in search of tape, glue, or super glue if you were allowed to know where it was at. You work so hard at getting all the little pieces put back in the right spot. Yet even though you worked so hard it still gets noticed that it’s broken. The cracks are seen, water leaks through, or it just crumbles again. That’s because you didn’t have all the right tools and techniques to fix it properly.

When our heart gets broken and our world seems to fall apart, we try to piece it back together on our own. The cracks are always going to show. There will be weak spots that are easily broken again and again. That’s because our technique for fixing ourselves is always wrong. Whether you turn to drugs, sex, cutting, or something else. They only momentarily ease the ache.

But God… God sent the ultimate glue! You think super glue or gorilla glue are awesome, wait till you use my Jesus! God sent him to bind up the broken-hearted. You don’t have to try and fix yourself any more. God sent Jesus, the ultimate glue used by the ultimate craftsman. Working together, when we allow them, to make us whole, and free from the cracks that have broken us.