image.png Life is full of trials, stuggles, and stress.  It's so easy to get bound up in all of the things that are out of our control and to just anxiously toil and struggle our way through. This morning, while reading in Exodus, I was reminded, yet again, that isn't God's plan for His beloved children.  He has a better way for us.  He calls us to trust in His plan, to rest in His provision, and to believe that He is working on our behalf. I know not everyone is as in love with the Old Testament as I am, but, trust me people, it is so full of applicable truth and encouragement!  Stick with me for a minute and listen to this example. My reading this morning was centered around the time when the Hebrews were fleeing from Egypt under the leadership of Moses.  It must have been chaotic.  The people left in a hurry without much time to prepare.  It also must have been terrifying to leave all that they had ever known for an unknown wilderness.  In the midst of all of that, their enemies, the Egyptians, were in hot pursuit of them.  Fear and doubt were running high! Have you been there?  Maybe you've not been feeling from your enemies into the wilderness, but I'd be willing to bet that you've experienced fear and doubt.  I would guess that you've felt like you were struggling looking for answers.  I'm sure you've looked into the unknown and wondered how on earth God could have led you to the place you found yourself and how in the world you could safely make it through the trials you were facing. The Hebrews sure felt that way and they let Moses know about it.  Yet, right there, in the middle of the chaos, God gave Moses a simple command for the people.  It's one that's just as applicable to us today.  He said, "Fear not.  Stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today...The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent." That's about as simple as you can get, yet it's one of the most difficult things to do.  It must have been so hard to trust God and walk across that sea, but as always, God came through.  He stood between the people and their enemies.  He provided an escape.  He crushed their enemies.  He kept his promise and fought for them.  All they were required to do was to trust Him and obey His command. Lord, help us to be able to do the same.  Help us to be able to claim that promise in the middle of seasons of chaos, fear, and doubt. Calm our hearts.  Help us to cast out cares at your feet.  Remind us to not be fearful but to stand firm because we know that you fight for us.  Give us the wisdom to not anxiously toil and struggle, but to be silent and trust in you. Love and blessings, Bobbie
Here's a little gift for all my friends! We recently had a great discussion on my Bobbieschae Facebook Page about what we are reading this summer. I've created a Friday Faves Summer Reading List with 20 of the suggested books just for you! *I haven't read all of these books. They are recommendations from friends on the page, but I'm sure they are all great! Love and Blessings, Bobbieimage.jpeg
2015-10-14 02.05.39 Hello friends! Guess what?!?  I'm going to the Declare Conference (an amazing conference focused on being a #digitalevangelist) in Dallas in a little over a week!  I'm so excited! The Declare Conference is hosting a blog link up!  It's such a fun way for you all (and all my soon-to-be-friends at the conference) to get to know me a little bit better!  They asked some fun little questions and I'm sharing the answers on the blog today! Here goes! 1. If we were meeting in person, how would you introduce yourself? (job, family, career, ministry, where you live … share whatever details come to mind) - My name is Bobbie.  I live in Missouri.  I've been married to my high school sweet heart, Scott, for 16 years.  We have two boys, Brayden 13 and Gavin 9.  They are wild masses of chaos and I absolutely adore them, most of the time.  I homeschool my kiddos. I ❤️Jesus, women's ministry, and words.  I like to combine all of that into a blog and online community at www.bobbieschae.com and www.facebook.com/bobbieschae I believe Jesus loves me and died for me in spite of the fact that I'm a hot mess most of the time.  Because of that, I love encouraging women who feel a bit messy and disconnected.   2. What is your favorite thing to write and why? -I love to write whatever God lays on my heart.  I'm typically inspired to write after my quiet time.  I just write whatever the Holy Spirit has started bubbling up inside of me.  I try to be very real, organic, and authentic.   3. What is your favorite thing to read and why? (If this question is too broad for you avid readers, what’s a favorite book or blog you’ve read lately?) -I LOVE to read!  Some of my faves lately have been Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson, For The Love by Jen Hatmaker, Wild and Free by Jess Connoly and Haley Morgan, Chasing God by Angie Smith, and Misfits Welcome by Matthew Barnett.  I'm currently reading Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall.   4. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? -Lay on the couch in yoga pants and watch Netfix for HOURS while I drink coffee!  Um.  I mean, do something spiritual and productive. ;)   5. What’s one thing you love about your blog and one thing you’d like to improve? -I love that it gives me the opportunity to connect and share with people from all over the world.  It's a place where I feel like I can just sit down and put my heart out there to my friends and offer them a little encouragement from my personal experiences. I would love to improve the functionality and design of it so that it's super user friendly for everyone who stops by.   6. [Lightening Round] Would you rather … Read on Kindle or paperback?  -Always paperback!  I love a hard copy of a real book! Drink coffee or tea? -Coffee in the am and tea in the pm. Go to a musical or a movie?  -Movie Vacation at the beach or the mountains?  -Mountains!  I love to hike and I hate swimming suits.  ;) Have an exciting night out or a relaxing night in?  -That's a tough one!  Depends on the week! Watch sports, play sports, or no sports?  -I do crossfit (although not super well), but aside from that, no sports please! That was so fun!  😉  Feel free to share your answers in the comments !  I'd love to get to know you better too! Love and blessings, Bobbie
2015-12-11 08.41.49 Today would be my Dad's birthday.  Mine is right before his.  This is a picture of us celebrating together a few years ago.  He's been gone now for about a year and a half.  It sure doesn't seem like that long, but at the same time, it feels like forever since I've seen him.  I miss him often, but especially today. I don't understand why God allowed him to die.  I don't understand how taking him was a better plan than doing a miracle of healing.  I still struggle with that.  Honestly, there is only one way I know to deal with that kind of pain. This morning, with a heavy heart, I prayed a version of the same prayer that I pray every time I feel a little overwhelmed by the grief. "Father, God, I don't understand your ways.  I hurt and I miss my dad terribly, but I'm choosing to trust you in the midst of the hurt.  I know you are good.  I know you are love.  I know that you see the beginning and the end and that your plans are greater than my own.  I don't understand why God, but I understand who you are.  Help me to trust fully in your character and in who you are in spite of how I feel.  Fill my hurting heart with peace. Amen." That prayer gets me through the things I can't understand and the things that aren't easy.  I'm hoping it can help someone else today. Love and blessings, Bobbie    
image.png I have a fun little herb garden out by the side of my home.  It's made from old pallets and leans back against the house in our flower bed.  My hubby built it for me last spring and we filled it with lots of fun little herbs.  Last year I enjoyed fresh basil, dill, mint, and oregano.  It was wonderful to go out and harvest all of these fresh little herbs to add into some of my favorite recipes.  I enjoyed it so much that when winter rolled around and all of my little herbs died off, I was a little sad. I had a little surprise though, because when spring came around again, so did my mint.  It came back tall, and strong, and abundant.  In fact, it has out grown its little pallet planter and is spreading out into my flower bed.  I've even got a few little shrubs that have sprigs of mint peeking through their branches.  They are like little ninja mint shoots that are popping up in rather unexpected places. My mint has already gown so much that I had to prune it.  I climbed into my flower bed one day and began to pull up some of the plants that were intermingling with my flowers and shrubs.  As I pulled and tugged on this hearty little herb, I began to expose this vast system of roots that had spread through a fair amount of my little bed. You see, during the season when it looked as if my mint had withered and died, it was busy doing something meaningful and productive that I couldn't see .  Down deep, where important things happen, my mint was growing roots.  Because of these well established roots, I had a rather had a hard time loosening their hold on my flower bed.  I would tug and pull out the little green herb and then up would come what seemed like an endless root system.  They were stronger, stretched out farther, and were much tougher to unearth than I would have imagined. In fact, after some serious labor, I thought I had taken care of them all, only to look a week later and find new shoots springing up from the ground.  The root system was established so even when I pulled up most of the plants, they were still able to keep growing.  It almost looked as if the pruning had made the herb stronger.  The fresh, new shoots were popping up everywhere. Can you see how this really isn't about mint? This morning I was reading in my Bible in Colossians 2:6-7 "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, ROOTED and BUILT UP in him and ESTABLISHED in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." As I read this verse, thoughts of my mint and its root system flooded my mind.  This isn't about mint at all, its about being rooted, built up, and established in our faith. Do things to grow roots.  Establish a habit reading God's word.  It's like fresh water and fertilizer.  That habit will help your root system be strong so you can stand firm.  Pray.  Connect with a good community that will help build you up.  Get established and keep growing stronger. Harsh seasons may come but as long as we are growing those deep roots, we will be hard to unearth.  We will come back even stronger that before.  Not only that, but as we grow and  establish our roots, we may start to influence those around us.  Maybe our faith will spread and pop up in unexpected places as well. Love and blessings, Bobbie