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Unshakable Faith

We have had a hard time finding a church since our move almost a year ago. We have visited several churches and with the amount of time we have traveled back home on the weekends, we have been absent a lot from our search.

Lately, God has been dealing with me on tithing and I could not stand the feeling of this being between God and myself. Finally, on Sunday we were able to tithe and it was such a relief to place the check into the offering plate.  You can say Sunday was peaceful, a weight lifted, and all was right in the world. Right?

Monday was an emotional day as my husband left to go on a mission trip to another country.  It felt that everything that could go wrong, it did.

Tuesday. I woke up sick but somehow managed to keep the kids alive, oh and myself too (barely). I realized all the things I forgot to do on Monday and Tuesday and sure enough Tuesday afternoon I had noticed car problems. AND I know nothing about cars. No husband. No family here. Just me and my kids in a foreign land. By the end of this day, I felt like I was dodging bullets.

No big deal, right? This is life. 

In my mind, I began to think, how funny is it that I finally did something for God that needed to be done but yet I finally tithed and would now need that money to go toward car issues?  It’s kinda comical if you ask me. I was not questioning or regretting my decision to tithe because it is what God told me to. He placed it on my heart and I did it out of obedience for Him. Why? Because I can’t see through His lens, He is God and knows all.


Helllloo Sickness. It would be a miracle if we survived the day.  The kids and I visit an urgent care center (yes, their sick too) in my car that *seems* to be having transmission trouble. As I am driving home, I realize and just *know* that I should get my car looked at. I went to two places and neither would look at it. Ok then. BUT they both recommended the same guy. However, when the first place told me where he was, I was thinking to myself, yeah, I’m not going there. Then the second place, said, “Go Here.” Great.

I load my kids up (again) and begin heading to a part of town that I really didn’t want to go by myself with two kids. I pulled in to basically a garage and what looks to be a junkyard ( Remember, my post on Salvaged? Funny huh?) I walk into the office and wait for the gentleman who runs the place to stop working on a car and come in and see what I need. As I am looking around, he has several different brochures and videos on God, the end times, Martin Luther, and there was a small book that stood out called, “Unshakable Faith.”  I knew then, I was at the right place at the right time. I could trust this man. Of course, I am on the verge of tears and having a meltdown in this old office because I knew that those two words were for me. “Unshakeable Faith.” It was then I realized it is going to be okay and to keep moving forward unshaken. 

After telling the man about my problems, he tells me he will take a quick look at my car but won’t be able to diagnose and fix the problems until next week. Upon looking, it was low on transmission fluid.  He takes even more time out of his day to replace the fluid in my car for free. When I asked him, “how much do I owe you?” He just said, “Nothing. Come back next week so I can take a look at it and service it.”  As I was left, dumbfounded by this man taking time out of his busy day to look at my car and help me without a charge so I can at least make it through the week until my husband gets home from his mission trip.

It’s not even about the car – yes, that was God’s blessing and blessings never come how we expect but they come at the most needed and at the exact moment we need them. Are your eyes open to see them? Sometimes blessings are so intertwined with our day that we often miss them if we aren’t watching closely.


I would have missed such a blessing if I chose not to go because of my own judgments.

Where is God telling you to go and you are reluctant? Don’t be. There is a blessing you are missing if you don’t go.


Hannah B.




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The Path of Least Regrets

God has been cultivating my life to bring me to this point of revelation:

Life is a journey of embracing the seasons of life & learning to have faith through life’s unknown moments. Even though we feel like we walk life blindly and we feel we are a little speck in this universe, this is not the truth. For we aren’t meant to live by sight and if you are, you are missing an amazing opportunity to give God a chance to show you who he is and how much he loves you. To show you that you are a twinkle in God’s eyes in a great big world. We are creatures that like tangible and visible objects and people so it’s hard for us to fathom who God is if we are living by sight in the flesh. It is when we pay attention to our spiritual eyes that we begin to see the truth and we are awakened to all things the way God intended.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Isn’t it ironic that to be spiritually awake is to be blinded to the flesh and trust God with your life? Yet, if you are spiritually asleep, you are blinded to the spirit but awake to the flesh that you can see in the physical realm.

Awake in the spirit

Do you want to trust God’s eyes or your human eyes? 

I’ve trusted my fleshly eyes and have made choices ignoring my spirit eyes.  I know the hard, long road of consequences that I endured because I was stubborn and decided that I knew best instead of seeking God on the choices I was making and waiting for his answer. I eventually learned that God’s way it’s always best, it’s the path of least regrets. It will be painful. There will be resistance from the adversary. You will have to bare your soul, removing every trace of fleshly desires from your inner being, but the completed canvas will be more beautiful than you can imagine.

You will rise from ashes, blooming with faith that starts as small as a mustard seed and daily choose faith over fear while trusting our unknown moments to The One True God who knows.

You will rise from ashes, blooming with faith that starts as small as a mustard seed and daily choose faith over fear while trusting our unknown moments to The One True God who knows.


The Faith Over Fear Devotion has been cultivated by my life experiences. I’ve lived and walked them. I’ve struggled in life, I’ve felt every human emotion possible, and I’ve lived to tell the story of God’s grace, mercy, and love. Ultimately, every story has the chance at a redemptive ending, if you just choose him!

1 Peter 1 6-9 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,  for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

With all my love,

Hannah B.


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Faith Over Fear: Season One // Day One

Faith Over Fear: Season One // Day Two

Faith Over Fear: Season One // Day Three

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Shattering Glass House Christianity and The Double Life Of A Christian

We have all experienced Glass House Christianity at some point in our lives. What makes this term so tragic is that most of the time people who do not believe in Christianity have first hand experienced a Glass House Christian.

Examples resulting in Glass House Christianity:

• Gossiping – Talking about a person when they are not around.

• A do as I say, not as I do Christian aka hypocrite.

• Judging – Condemning someone for their past and present decisions, what they wear, etc.

• Pushy Christians – Pushing their belief on to you and ignoring the free will God gave.

• Christians without compassion.

John 8:7

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

The effects of this form of Christianity is detrimental to nonbelievers and new Christians because it corrupts the reputation of Jesus. When we classify ourselves as a Christian and do not act as Jesus would have us, we show the world who Jesus really isn’t. We show the world He is a liar, a thief, a gossip, a slanderer, and as someone who lacks compassion and condemns.

Matthew 7:5

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

But we should know better, we know who Jesus is because we have heard the good news. We have experienced His redeeming grace and have accepted Him into our lives as our savior. Somewhere along the way we have lost sight of Him, we have allowed our rules and regulations to take over and decide who is right or wrong and how we will treat them. After all, Jesus did associate with prostitutes, tax collectors, and sinners.

Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus himself said “sinners are called” and we should be like Christ in their midst loving them regardless of our differences. We are all human and sinners in need of the same blood to redeem us. We all struggle in this life and the last thing we need is to be torn down.

Steps to shattering your glass house:

• Pray and ask for forgiveness

• Read and spend time IN your Bible – this is how you will learn God’s heart. IN: To be enclosed, engrossed and wrapped up deep in God’s living and breathing word.

• Stop doing what you have been convicted of and start acting out of love toward ALL people. We all fall short but we have to get back up, try again and do better.

• Continue to pray and talk with Jesus

• Offer grace as you have been offered and forgiven of your sins.

1 John 4:20

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Disclaimer: I am far from perfect and struggle with the flesh and sins as much as any Christian does. I write this out of pure conviction and the need to share with others. As I know I have not shown the love of Christ to other people and have turned people away from knowing the joy of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Father, forgive me and for each person out there that I have turned away, I pray that somewhere along their path they made their way back to you.

I welcome your feedback and comments. Let me know if I can pray or love on you.


Hannah B.