A Short Break

From time-to-time I will take a short break from regular posting here on At Jesus’ Feet. These devotionals are genuine and from my own time with the Lord. Sometimes, I struggle in life and simply fall at the feet of Jesus each day, seeking to press into Him. Other days I wrestle through Bible passages, spending days wrestling with God, longing to understand Him. And other times, I am learning deep lessons and resting in His word as He teaches me, but the content is not relevant to our studies here.

Keeping all these things in mind, I sometimes get behind. I’m behind right now. I plan to take two weeks off from posting new content so I can get caught up and get back to sharing Bible studies with you from Genesis.

In the meantime, if you  are new to At Jesus’ Feet, welcome, and feel free to check out some past studies (see below).

I look forward to being back soon, and would love to hear from you guys and what you are learning! What are you studying? What is God teaching you? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Morning Encouragement Series – Daily encouragement from God’s Word
Be Strong in the Lord – Learning to rest in the strength of the One who holds the world
Hebrews – Getting to know Jesus more
Ephesians – Walking with Jesus
1 Corinthians – All God’s children (this study only covers the last part of the book)
2 Corinthians – Comfort in Christ

Why Study Herbalism?


I am excited to officially begin my journey on a study of herbalism. Today I got my first course in the mail from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. As you can imagine, I’ve already started to thumb through the course, and it seems to be a perfect fit for me. I can’t wait to dive in.

It’s funny how discussing herbalism with people brings so many mixed reactions. Some are excited to hear more, most are hesitant and think “quackery,” and still others simply wonder if I’m turning into an offbeat hippy. 😉 Over the past few years, the paths that have led me to this road seemed so scattered, but looking back, the way is clear. I’ll save that story for another time though. Today I want to take a look forward and share with you my heart of herbalism, where I’m going, and why it matters to me.

In the beginning, God created a world, a beautiful world filled with animals and air and sunlight and beauty and . . .plants. Plants were not the center of life, but they were put here for us . . . to see, to smell, to tend, to eat, and to enjoy. I LOVE being outside in God’s creation. I feel like it brings me closer to Him, and gives me a better understanding of who He is. Herbalism gives me an opportunity to study the world at a greater depth. I can grow, harvest, and get close and personal to the very things God created. I see their beauty in a whole new way. I can also learn many lessons. For example, the humble dandilion, can feed me or prevent indigestion. It’s flowers can make a salad cheery and that’s only the beginning. This common weed that is so easily discarded has a purpose in God’s plan. If that’s true of a dandilion, I know He must have a plan for me as well.

Herbalism helps me slow down and really truly smell the roses. It helps me take time to enjoy these small blessings so easily overlooked. And, I can’t help but wonder if in his omnipotence, knowing sin would enter this world, God gave us plants as a way to nourish our hurting and dying bodies. Herbalism has helped me to see each flower, grass, tree or weed as a little love note from God; and more than anything, I long to know Him more.

I want to be clear that I am not studying herbalism as an outlash against modern medicine. I believe that modern medicine is a wonderful blessing, and through it God has brought healing in ways we never thought possible. However I don’t want to lose some of the simple remedies we have right at our finger tips that cost little to nothing and can be very effective. How cool would it be to be on a camping trip and know what plants to grab to soothe a bee sting, relieve the itch of poison ivy, or calm an upset stomach? How awesome is it to be able to pick a few leaves from my garden and make a tea to leassen the discomforts of a cold? This prospect is very exciting to me. This kind of healing is almost a lost art. I want to find it.

I don’t know where God is leading, but at this time there is a burden on my heart for those who have little or no access to medical care. Maybe it’s the cost, maybe circumstances like distance or community strife, natural disasters or more. What if every home, orphanage, homeless shelter, or community could grow or even identify just a few herbs. Maybe only even five. What if those herbs could help clear up pink eye, heal a wound, fight a viral or bacterial infection, reduce a fever, soothe a headache, calm an upset stomach, combat insomnia and more? How empowering! How encouraging! And to know that God gave us plants, right at our fingertips, that do just that . . . He must really love us.

I am not studying herbalism to be a doctor or a nurse or a medical practitioner. That takes years of school, training, dedication and service and I tip my hat off to the men and women who have made such a commitment to heal the hurts and sicknesses on this earth. I mearly want to give hope. Hope that one mother can soothe her baby’s upset tummy, hope that comes from recognizing the beauty all around us, and hope in a Savior who loves us enough to strew the soil with more love notes than we could read in a lifetime.

So there you have it. My whys for studying herbalism. I’m sure this road has many twists and turns, and I’m eager to see where I end up when the journey is over.

His Compassions Never Fail

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Yesterday and today I have felt like a failure in many ways. I feel the enemy’s strong pulls to discourage me, to have me throw in the towel and give up.  Yet, I have hope.  I have hope because I know my God is bigger.  I know He is abounding in mercy and is long suffering. I know that nothing, not even the stubbornness and insufficiencies of me, is too big for Him.  I choose hope and I will start right now, in the middle of the afternoon, afresh.  I will continually hope.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”
~ Lamentations 3:22-24

Making Memories Monday 01

I decided I am going to start posting the best pictures from every week. I may include a video as well. The point of all this is to help me take more pictures and videos of the boys, and to give me an easy place to chronicle it all. 🙂

So, welcome to all our memories from this week. 🙂

Samuel: 3 years
Timothy: 7 months

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Mourn the Loss, Rejoice in the Blessings

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Samuel woke up feeling better this morning. He is still a bit under the weather, but huge improvement from yesterday.

It seems that Timothy’s lip tie is growing back. That means nursing is getting more painful again despite our best efforts. We are waiting on a call back to see what to do from here.

I am also a bit discouraged today as well. Based on medical advice and our own prayerful consideration, we have decided that this will be our last pregnancy. It’s hard because we really wanted more children. For the most part, I am honestly relieved. Pregnancy, delivery and recovery are so hard for me that I cannot take care of and enjoy the children I already have. And, to be honest, I’m not a baby person.

That first year is hard for me. I love how cute and sweet babies are, but the fact that their primary communication is crying really stresses me out. Am I doing the right thing? Why is baby crying? I feel quite confined to the house for the first year, and it’s lonely. Yet, there is something sweet about holding a sleeping baby and the joy and excitement of meeting a new little person.

Part of me feels like if I could just have a normal pregnancy, recovery, breastfeeding experience and baby who isn’t in constant pain (Praise the LORD we got the latter this time around.), things would be different and fairy tale like. I feel like I have missed out on something that I want to be a part of. I know the truth is that I am blessed – so blessed. We didn’t know if we could have any children, and here we have two sweet boys! What a HUGE blessing.

I am blessed, and may God always help me to see those blessings, but today I am taking a little time to mourn what I will never have.

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Samuel was super excited to get his big boy underwear (training pants) in the mail today. I promise, he does know where they go. 😉