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Valerie Riese

Grace and Truth

Grace & Truth for When You’re Overwhelmed

This year has been exhausting for me. Last year ended with a sudden death in the family right before Christmas and January came with a breast cancer diagnosis. I pushed through, waiting for treatment to end so I could rest and enjoy the summer. …

August 23, 2019

Chronic Pain, Back To School, And Our Grace & Truth Link Up

For this week’s Grace & Truth post, I’m passing the reins over to my friend and fellow Candid Gal, Valerie Riese. I’m still down with a massive migraine, and she graciously offered to step in for me. ~ Heather…

August 16, 2019
Clinging to God's promises when you wake up in the wilderness

When You Wake Up In The Wilderness

Clinging to God’s promises when you wake up in the wilderness with Valerie Riese. As I woke up and my mind began to orientate to a new day, reality hit like a sucker punch. I’m walking  through the wilderness called “cancer”, and for the…

June 5, 2019

Will You Stand In The Gap For Us?

Have you ever had a season when you struggled to summon the strength to get out of bed each morning? Perhaps you are in such a season now. I wrote this post to encourage and help you. And I also have a favor to…

May 27, 2019
Tuning Into The Love Of God

Feeling the Love of God Through Music

Do you feel you can’t grasp or feel Jesus’ love in your heart? I struggled with this most of my life, but I learned that He’s been calling out to me all the while, and I just didn’t recognize His voice. I hope sharing…

April 3, 2019
Surrender to Jesus to do a New Thing

Surrender to Jesus to do a New Thing

Last year began with betrayal and ended with death. I’ve learned what it means to cry out in prayer when the only words I could manage were whispers of “Help me, Jesus”, usually followed by “Jesus, help me behave”. Healing began only as I…

February 11, 2019
Depending on Jesus for my renewal

This Is What I Believed About Renewal In Christ

“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” ~ Colossians 3:10 NIV A Misconception of Renewal…

February 6, 2019
Learning to Shine

Learning to Shine (This Is What I Learned From Rudolph)

I’ve always loved Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer because I too have wondered, “Why am I such a misfit?” Just as Donnor did to his young buck, I tried to hide my “non-conformities”. I wanted to join Rudolph and his dentist elf friend in…

December 13, 2018

The Lists You Need To Forget

Do you rely on lists to remember what you need to get or do? Do you need a list to keep track of your lists? Many of us would be lost without our lists, but I propose that even more people are crippled because…

December 6, 2018
trust in God

Leaning on God to Trust in His Creation

If you are looking for a warm, light-hearted post to inspire your next praise and worship experience, then this post is not for you. If you want someone to relate to the moments when you’d rather shake your fist at God than thank Him…

October 29, 2018
My anger issues and Jesus

Confessions of a Christian With Anger Issues

I am a Christian with a temper. Yes, it’s possible to love Jesus and still have anger issues. I’d like to share my journey with anger for other hot-headed Christians hiding out there. With God’s help, I’m learning to apply His anger management plan,…

October 4, 2018
taking the stage and sharing your testimony

When Sharing Your Testimony Leaves You Feeling Exposed…

With every post I publish, there are two fears that I must first defeat: Being called a fool, and mishandling Scripture. Many Christians publicly display their weaknesses and vulnerabilities on a variety of platforms. We share our testimonies as an offering of proof that…

August 2, 2018
Depend on Jesus

Don’t Neglect Your Spirit: Depend On Jesus

Did you know that some snakes only need to eat once per year? Every time I enjoy yet another reptile show or encounter with my family, my husband always admires the creature’s ability to go without a meal for so long. “Imagine how much…

July 5, 2018