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4 Reasons Why I’m Comforted by Jesus’ Death

September 16, 2020 |
Comforted by Jesus

I have another confession: I can’t handle when beloved characters in a movie die.  

I can’t even handle when I know they are going to die. Let’s take for example, the movie Charlotte’s Web. It was one of my favorite movies growing up, and thought it was a great idea to let Olivia watch it. She immediately fell in love with the pig.  

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Dear Suicidal Me

Dear Suicidal Me…

September is National Suicide Awareness & Prevention month, and this year it's more important than ever. Valerie Riese is getting candid in this open letter to her former suicidal self...…

September 9, 2020

6 Promises of God for When You Feel Inadequate

Do you ever feel unworthy, incapable, or inadequate? Valerie shares 6 promises to lean on Jesus when you feel like you don't measure up, along with her special prayer and a song. …

July 1, 2020
Good Friday

What Good Friday Means to Me

I swung the hammer while you held the nail... Find out how Jesus sacrifice came to life for one entitled Candid Gal during an unusual Good Friday service 20 years ago.…

April 6, 2020
Jesus died on the cross and what that means to me

Jesus Died On The Cross and What That Means To Me

Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Heather Hart was at church one Sunday when she realized just how much pain He endured for us, and just how little she was willing to suffer to worship Him in return...…

December 2, 2019
Cultivating My Life

The Ways I Want My Life To Look, And The Truth Of The Gospel

This past weekend, my husband and I went on a one-night marriage retreat. There was a lot of material that was covered, but there was one lesson that stuck out to me. About if our marriages are an advertisement of the Gospel. Hmmmm… how…

March 6, 2019
When Mother Doesn't Know Best

Oh No He Didn’t! …When Mother Doesn’t Know Best

The off-handed comment was followed by laughter as the two guys exchanged looks. The only purpose to that remark could have been to rub salt in the wound and I could feel the anger building in my teenage son who was standing next to…

February 25, 2019
When Mama Bear Instincts and Faith Collide

When My Mama Bear Instincts & Faith Collide

“Pass him! Pass him!! Pass!!! Him!!!!” I screamed louder and louder until my voice grew horse. The cross country runners were less than twenty yards from the finish line and closing and my boy was just inches from passing the runner in front of…

September 27, 2018
Opening the door on the good news of Jesus

Opening The Door On The Good News About Jesus

As I closed the door I realized that I had failed again. The sweet ladies I had just told I wasn’t interested in what they were peddling had been nothing but kind. And I was dismissive. Worse yet, I had suggested I already had…

September 24, 2018
The Real Me - I am an introvert

The Truth About My Life – Online & Off

I talk to so many women online that I feel like I connect with. We think we would be great friends if we just lived closer together. But can I be real with you for just a moment? I know there are women right…

August 20, 2018
Going back to the beginning with Jesus

Back to the Beginning with Jesus

I grew up in the church. I fell in love with Jesus the summer before I started high school, and I was baptized two days after my 20th birthday. But life isn’t easy. One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 118:17 where it says,…

May 31, 2018
Parenting styles, childhood memories, and Jesus

A Little Something Jesus Taught Me About Parenting

I was the only mom at the pool that day. As I sat there with sweat rolling down my back, perched at the picnic table in the shade, laptop out, I thought about the differences between my childhood and that of my children. I…

February 1, 2018

Let’s Be Real (we all struggle with something)

I was torn up online. I was hurt by people I didn’t know. My attackers called themselves Christians, and were chastising my lack of faith. But it wasn’t a lack of faith at all. It was an honest statement. Probably one all too many…

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whitewashed christianity

Whitewashed Christianity

I walked into church Easter morning feeling more like a whitewashed tomb than a temple of the Living God. Have you ever felt like that? Pretty on the outside, but just full of junk on the inside? It seems like the older I get,…

April 17, 2017

When The Gospel Isn’t Good News

I remember driving my friends to church when I was in high school. One night, on our way home, I was pulled over. I remember it for two reasons. One, because it was the very first time I had ever been pulled over. And…

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trust in jesus

How to Trust in Jesus When Everything is Falling Apart

Have you ever wondered how to trust in Jesus when everything is falling apart? Sometimes we cling to Him when the going gets tough, and sometimes we wonder how things got so far out of control. That’s where this week found me. I’ve been…

April 6, 2017
I'm a #HotMess - the Gospel for Real Life

Gospel Moments

Have you ever wondered what the gospel looks like in real life? My Story I didn’t plan ahead. Well, I did. I planned to do four days of work in one morning. It was a bad plan. On the morning in question, I got…

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