You Are Never Too Broken

In Articles/Devotions

  If there is one thing my oldest daughter loves to do at the beach, its collect seashells. She loves seeing all the different types of shells and colors and textures.  We usually come back with at least one big…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

What Cheeseburgers Taught Me about Sin

In Articles/Devotions

  “Remind me not to eat that ever again,” were the words I said to my husband as we moaned about our belly pains. A bad run in with fast food had left both of us feeling awful and weak….

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

To the Woman Who Feels Led to Lead a Bible Study

In Articles/Devotions

It’s there isn’t it?  The dream that just won’t go away.  The one that is tucked away in your heart.  The one that is exciting and scary all at the same time.  The dream to lead.  The dream to bring…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

Let Go of Your Pride

In Articles/Devotions

As I sit here writing this, I can feel it again.  My body feels rigid and almost tense. My heart knows that I must surrender it and my mind knows it’s the next necessary step.  I know all I have…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

I Want What She Has {Dealing with Jealously in Ministry}

In Articles/Devotions

      Have you ever wanted something that another woman had?  I certainly have.  I’ve been guilty of wanting their bigger houses, cars with bucket seats, and fashionable clothes. At some point, we’ve probably all wanted what another woman…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

Dear Fear, I Want to Break Up

In Articles/Devotions

Have you ever been broken up with?  Many of us have I’m sure.  Do you remember one of the first times someone broke up with you?  I do. I was standing at the pencil sharpener when the small folded paper…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

Lies I’ve Been Told

In Articles/Devotions

I am not worthy.  I’ll never be enough.  I can’t serve God because of my past.  I am too fat.  God will never be able to use me.   These were just a few of the words my eyes drifted…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

Just Sit with Me, Jesus

In Articles/Devotions

My daughter was in the midst of a toddler 2.0 meltdown.  My family lovingly refers to them as 2.0 meltdowns because they are unlike other meltdowns which occur in the early years of parenting little ones.  They usually involve a lot…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

Are You in a Rut with God?

In Miscellaneous Blessings

Have you ever felt like you were in a rut with God? Mine started about a month ago.  I could feel it coming on but I tried to deny it.  I tried to pretend like my prayer life wasn’t suffering. …

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

The Verse I Thought was Just for the Pretty Girls

In Articles/Devotions

I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror the other day.  My full self.  I was getting ready to hop in the shower when I turned to grab something off the bathroom counter.  I paused.  I never pause and…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

Put Your Patient Pants On

In Articles/Devotions

  I was rummaging through piles of grocery bags on the floor and trying to put everything in its place when my three year old came into the kitchen and asked for an afternoon snack.  I asked her to wait…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

The Two Words I Want My Children to Remember Most

In Articles/Devotions, Parenting

Stop pulling your sister’s hair.  Please pick that toy up.  Don’t lick that!  These words fill up the sound walls in our house at some point during the week. Maybe even a day, let’s be honest.  I’ll even throw in…

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).