Posts with the tag “erin-olson”
Living Upstream in a Downstream World
August 4th, 2020
Against the grain. Swimming upstream.These thoughts swirl in my head a lot. I heard them again over the weekend as I listened to a sermon.I looked up a couple of things I wanted to share with you. Fir...
"If My People" Not "If the People"
April 2nd, 2020
I keep prayer journals and random notes on my phone all the time about important things—the kind of things I don’t want to forget.Something today made me think about a vision God gave me back in Augus...
The Holy Spirit is Waiting
March 30th, 2020
Let’s be honest, but for the Holy Spirit, there would be no Church.Moments before the Holy Spirit descended upon those who were seated in the upper room, the people were together, sitting there. Scrip...
March 14th, 2020
Do you remember the days immediately following September 11th? People stayed home. People didn’t travel. People held their loved ones close. It wasn’t because we were fearful, it was because we were a...
Worry Creates Pause
February 26th, 2020
Worry creates pause.In the middle of a recent conversation, the thought above hit me. Worry creates pause. When we worry, something happens, and that something is generally not good. Worry creates anx...
When the Subtle Things in Scripture Stir Your Heart
October 8th, 2019
This blog first appeared on Kingdom Winds. Subtle things have a way of becoming normal or expected. We gloss over them, often without even a thought. It is why opening the Word of God and not just rem...
Can I Give Her a Hug?
October 2nd, 2019
Today in an unlikely place, the love of Jesus was on full display. Yesterday in Dallas, Texas, Amanda Guyger was found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean and today, she was sentenced to ten years in ...
What Happens When We Give Up Too Early?
September 26th, 2019
We see it every day. People quitting the ministry. People leaving their spouses. People quitting jobs. And sadly, people ending their lives. People give up because things get hard, aren’t what they we...
Don't Just Survive, Overcome
July 16th, 2019
It's a difference in tone. A difference in the way one lives. It isn't subtle, yet many can't see the difference, especially those living with it. What am I talking about? Living as an overcomer rathe...
God Turns Bad Things Into Good News
April 19th, 2019
Years ago, my youngest son played the role of Jesus in his school’s pre-school rendition of the triumphant entry into Jerusalem. As he walked down the hallway, the other school children waved palm bra...
February 10th, 2019
There is something that is not being spoken of much from the pulpit anymore. We cover salvation, purity, relationships, tithing, and community pretty well but we rarely ever discuss drunkenness and dr...
What We Can Learn From Our Past to Help Our Future
January 28th, 2019
Yesterday, was a day of remembrance of the liberation at Auschwitz. While the Holocaust is a complicated and sensitive event in the history of our world, there is so much more we can learn from the Ho...
The Year of Contentment...2019
January 25th, 2019
Last year, I wrote about my 2018 word for the year. My word was, “Home.” Little did I know when I released that blog on January 16, 2018, that the Lord was about to do something incredible as it relat...
Get Out of the Tree
January 18th, 2019
Several years ago, I wrote a blog called, “Climb a Tree.” In it, I described the scene found in Luke 19:1–10.Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he...
Holy, Healthy Habits
January 14th, 2019
I stared at the contents of my grocery bags and thought, “Who would have ever thought that I would come to love fruits, veggies, and healthy food so much?”. As a young girl, the only fruits I ate were...
Leave it Behind in 2018
December 31st, 2018
If I learned nothing else during my two years in middle school confirmation classes, I realized the omniscience of God (all-seeing), the omnipresence of God (all present), and the omnipotence of God (...
November 8th, 2018
Media.It’s the hot topic of today.So much media and so much noise. It’s the time we are living in. But as I read Joel chapters one and two this morning, the word “solemn” jumped out at me. In these ch...
Reaching the Middle
September 4th, 2018
A conversation I had the other night still has me thinking. It’s not a thought I haven’t had before, but it is a thought I feel burdened to share. The spiritual landscape of America is failing. Whose ...
A Spiritual Marker of Heart Revival Within the Church
August 6th, 2018
The heart is the wellspring of life both literally and figuratively. When our heart stops beating, we die physically. When our heart stops beating spiritually, we also die. Both deaths result in a rip...
Don't Act Like a Chicken
May 2nd, 2018
I’m still not entirely sure how it happened, but just over a couple of months ago, we became the proud owners of some chickens. Mind you; we don’t live in a rural area. We live in the city, but appare...
Don't Leave Them Out
April 11th, 2018
I made a request to God several years ago. I asked him to allow me to do ministry with my family. I never wanted to do ministry apart from them because I knew God had specifically given me the privile...
It Starts With Our Households
March 21st, 2018
I’ve had this thing brewing in my soul for the past few weeks (okay, maybe the last several years). But this recent stirring began to boil over as I stood at the back of the room on the final morning ...
Storytellers We Must Be
February 27th, 2018
I saw a post a couple of days after the passing of Billy Graham that bothered me. In it, a young mom spoke of how her children and certainly their children would never know Billy Graham. I thought to ...
Prayer Does Change Things
February 19th, 2018
“Prayer isn’t working.” “Thoughts and prayers are nice, but they aren’t going to change things.” “God isn’t fixing this!” These are the statements that play out and circulate after significant even...
A Double Dose of Love
February 12th, 2018
This week two events collide. On Wednesday, February 14th people will celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s a day filled with love and expectation, and sadly sometimes a little sadness. Sappy love cards wi...
Close Encounters of the Best Kind
January 26th, 2018
Choosing to continually encounter the presence of God is a lifestyle, not a one-time encounter. Far too many people believe they have to make time. have the time or wait for the right time to have an ...
What is "HOME" to you?
January 16th, 2018
My word for this year is “HOME.” It’s a word I see all the time, and it’s an issue I’ve struggled with for many years. By the age of thirty, I had somewhere around twenty-seven addresses I had called ...
What is Your Community Lense?
December 29th, 2017
Years ago, shortly after my baptism at my home church, I received an email from a woman inviting my husband and me to a Bible Fellowship class (also known as Sunday School, small groups, or community ...
Listen to Him
November 29th, 2017
We are bogged down by words these days. Whether we enjoy reading or watching the news, watching television or movies, or reading books or blogs, words are thrown at us. So. Many. Words. Some words are...
The Gift of Conversation
November 22nd, 2017
Many of you already know this, but I homeschool my three children and well, during the day our house often gets loud. Not obnoxious loud but the kind of loud when a lot of people are talking…sometimes...
God Can Use a Museum
November 15th, 2017
The Museum of the Bible did not disappoint. Here is a sneak peak of what you will experience....
Why Do You Share Your Faith?
October 26th, 2017
Sharing your faith may be challenging but you don't want to be known as someone who "never said a thing!"...
Spiritual Disorder Brings Physical Chaos
October 7th, 2017
I started writing a book titled, Spiritual Orphans: A Generation in Crisis, shortly after the Manchester bombing in May of this year. The book is slowly coming together but after the events of this pa...
The Mission of Motherhood
September 26th, 2017
Motherhood is about sacrifice, and it is only the presence of the Holy Spirit that ensures the success of the servant’s mission. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring G...
Live Life With a Live Feed Mentality
September 15th, 2017
This past week as I reflected on all that was happening in the United States—the two hurricanes, wildfires burning, and general unrest, I slowly began to reflect on the horrible events of September 1...
He Is Meant to Be Experienced and Shared
September 7th, 2017
As hurricane season is upon us, we see firsthand the dangers of living near God's unpredictable creation. There is so much beauty surrounding bodies of water; whether that be an ocean, a river or a l...
If You Are Going to Proclaim...
September 1st, 2017
It has been a tough week in Texas. Hurricane Harvey forever left its mark on this state. Out of this tragedy, it has been heartwarming to see the response of people helping people. Would this have hap...
On the Day of the Solar Eclipse
August 23rd, 2017
On Monday as Americans were watching the solar eclipse, something strange and wonderful was happening in my little corner of the world. In between running in and out of my house and sliding on my so...
What Kind of Giver Are You?
August 14th, 2017
This side of heaven, there will always be need. God enables us to be a part of meeting the needs of others. He asks we do so joyfully not with bitterness and resentfulness. “Whatever you give is accep...
Are You Comfortable or Are You Content?
July 10th, 2017
I read an interesting fact this morning. It referenced the division that ensued among Christians when Darwin introduced his theory of evolution. Many argued that the theory of evolution would give ris...