Devotionals, Testimonies

Dancing Shoes

I have become a collector of hearts, but I do not collect just any hearts. They are gifts from my daughter, Danielle. Each is like a time capsule, capturing a memory from her youth. One is a foil heart. She added two colors of ink to make it extra pretty. Yet another is a heart-shaped… Continue reading Dancing Shoes

burden of a secret, Amy Merritt, Faith Beyond Fear,

The Burden of a Secret: A Wife’s Testimony, Part Two

Read Part One here if you haven't had a chance: Amy continues her story of God's grace through the unburdening of a deeply guarded secret... Part One may be found here! That night, as I stood behind the couch facing my biggest fear and the single most hurtful thing I had done to my husband and… Continue reading The Burden of a Secret: A Wife’s Testimony, Part Two

Karen Smith, A Roaring Lion, Eating Disorder, Faith Beyond Fear,

A Roaring Lion

Eating Disorder A few years ago, as I wrote about in my last post, I experienced a season of one difficult situation after another. During that time, eating became an issue. Some people stress-eat. You know them, the ones who in stressful times are always hungry or want chocolate. During my stressful season, I became… Continue reading A Roaring Lion

Diving into Faith: Letting Go of Fear, Dawn Ward, Faith Beyond Fear,

Diving into Faith: Letting Go of Fear

“Dawn, let go and jump! I’ll catch you!” I could barely hear my coach’s encouraging words above the ringing in my ears. All I could make out was the muffled sound of “Wah, wah, wah,” as he pleaded with me to take the plunge into the pool of water below. My teammates also tried coercing… Continue reading Diving into Faith: Letting Go of Fear

Holland Webb, Faith Beyond Fear

From Faith to Fear And Back Again

When it all falls apart "What did he say?" I turned from the newscast to the man next to me. "Crashed." It was early fall of 2008, and I sat in Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic, watching the news in French. As my college French professor will attest, there is no… Continue reading From Faith to Fear And Back Again

Run-Out Faith, Karen Smith, Faith beyond Fear,

My Run-Out Faith

    What sweet words I find in Isaiah 43. Words to remember as I travel through life.  Or at least until life sweeps me off my feet. What do I do with these promises? When life is upside down and flames set every dream ablaze, are these words true? No Words Would Come Four miles… Continue reading My Run-Out Faith

Becoming a Protector, Mari Jan Francis,, Faith Beyond Fear

Becoming a Protector: My Journey of Faith Beyond Fear

Becoming a Protector I called the instructor of my counseling course. Tension rose. I knew what I needed to do. Stalling was no longer an option if I was to walk in integrity as a counselor and a child of God. My brother-in-law molested me as a child. Now his granddaughter, my great niece, was… Continue reading Becoming a Protector: My Journey of Faith Beyond Fear

Heather Norman Smith,, Faith Beyond Fear, Baby Steps of Faith, Mustard Seed, Contributing Writer

A Baby Step of Faith

Crunching numbers has never been my strong suit. As a word person, and not a math person, I avoid it when possible. When I reflect on it, however, I realize how important numbers have been on my personal journey to faith beyond fear. Eleven years ago, I gave birth to my first daughter. When she… Continue reading A Baby Step of Faith


Expected Visitor: A Devotional of Faith Beyond Fear

Expected Visitor Jenny expected a visitor, so as moonbeams danced through the curtains, she welcomed the day. She sipped cocoa, rocked in her easy chair, and thanked God for His Word. Her Bible was to her the best love-letter ever; each promise masterfully written for her. She thought about the Bible Study she attended two… Continue reading Expected Visitor: A Devotional of Faith Beyond Fear

Prison of Shame, Lisa Williams, Faith Beyond Fear, Testimony

Prison of Shame

Prison of Shame Y’all. We all struggle with it. Most of us have been motivated by it a time or two, and if we’re honest, we’ve used it to motivate others too. It’s a silent, dark prison many of us struggle to break free from. I’m talking about shame. From its earliest appearance in the… Continue reading Prison of Shame