Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy.  Joy–refusing to die. Will not be quieted. Refusing to be harassed, and pushed off to the side. Joy–defying the circumstances, settling our hearts, anchoring our soul, and steadying our spirit. Joy–refusing to be extinguished, refusing to sit out on this dance called life. Joy–abounding, resounding, compounding. Defiant Joy.  Will not be quenched. Refusing to be smothered, destroyed, and […]

The Unfolding Of God’s Story In Your Life

Several days ago I picked up an old journal from 2011. I sat down and began thumbing through pages of my life. In the absence of a human audience, my soul poured out, naked and bare, before the King. This journal documents my soul-journey after our 2010 house fire. Something changed on the bathroom floor of […]

For When It’s Time To Let Go…

Several weeks ago I shared via email and on my Facebook page some changes that were going on both in my life, and here on the blog. Hello, friends! I sent out an email to my blog readers this morning. For those of you not on my email list, who’ve… Posted by Darlene Collazo at […]

Take a Hold of Your Inheritance {and a printable}

There are mornings when we need to stand before God’s word until it washes our soul. Mornings when fear, worry, anxiety, and doubt creep up silently. We don’t hear a thing. Yet, we feel it’s strangling grip around our throat. Before we realize it, the heavy weight of it comes crashing down on our chest […]

Beauty in the Quiet Life…

In this world of social media we’re told to put our life out there for all to feast on. Share every moment, every private detail, every picture of our children and all the ‘amazing’ things they do. Share the report cards, share the certificates, share, share, share… Years ago, I became convicted that I was […]

Let Not Your Heart Be Hardened

Winters are excruciatingly tough for me. Maybe it’s the lack of sun shining warmly on my face–the lack of Vitamin D, the darker, longer, colder nights. Maybe it’s the difficulties of holidays within step-families–everything’s split, holidays are more like holi-half-days. Or possibly it’s the cycle of end-of-year-traumatic-difficult-times we’ve endured year-after-year. Oddly enough, tough times tend to hit us at […]

Our Family In Crisis {World Help Friday}

Every second Friday of the month, World Help Bloggers unite in prayer regarding specific issues around the world. We lift our voices to God asking Him to lead our hearts, our words, our giving, and to simply help us be the hands and feet of Jesus on earth. I lead that prayer, and each time […]

Great Things Are Happening… Today!

I’ve heard it said, “God’s going to do great things with you!” And I often wonder… don’t they know God’s already done amazing, life-changing, bondage-shattering, mind-renewing, soul-healing, heart-restoring, sin-redeeming, awe-inspiring things in my life already? That’s what it’s like for me to wake up each day. God is fully here today. Fully present. Fully engaged. […]

Lean In {Listen To His Heart For You}

  I sat to read a specific verse today about we being the branches and Jesus the Gardener. Somehow I got caught between all these words and I couldn’t help but feel how loved I am and how clearly God speaks. Our problem is we’re too busy to hear. We’re too distracted to focus. We’re […]

Seed Sown On Fertile Soil

There’s a seed sown which bears good fruit and produces exponentially. It’s this seed the enemy is after. If he can rob you of that seed, he robs you of your harvest. “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony […]