About Denise

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How did Living Holy get started?

I am just like you. There are things and issues and people I struggle with in my every day. I’ve been married for 27 years and still don’t have the marriage thing nailed down. I’m a mom to two young adult men and still don’t have the parenting thing figured out. I’ve worked full time both inside and outside the home and have yet to find a good balance in life. I am invested into my church community, facilitate a Bible study and even (have mercy) lead our women’s ministry. What were they thinking?

Even still, I don’t have this living as a follower of Jesus thing down either. So many questions. So many times I feel like I have failed in every department – wife, mom, leader, church girl – and most importantly I have often felt like I have failed at simply being the woman God has called me to be.

Then, one day in my reading, I came across 1 Peter 1:15: “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”

This verse changed my life.

All of the doubts, all of the failures, all of the “I don’t measure up” fears will tell us we don’t have a prayer of ever being a good Jesus follower. How can a slightly wacky girl with all my issues and hangups ever be pure and holy enough for God?

This verse teaches and reminds me that because God is already holy and because I belong to Him through Jesus who is already holy, then I too am already holy. It is not a future one day I’ll be holy characteristic. It is here, now, and part of me.  I needed live into that assurance.

Each day we stand at the intersection of faith and life. We stand at the place of choosing to live holy or choosing to live in the world. 1 Peter 1:15 reminds me to choose faith. It reminds me to choose to let God’s Word influence and direct my thoughts, words, and actions. It reminds me that I am not under the power of the world. Rather, I live with free and complete access to the power of the Holy Spirit.

Living Holy is my journey of learning how to navigate that intersection, choose faith, and live into being holy because my God, who has called me, is holy. As I learn this being holy thing, I’m finding that I might just be getting a little better at some of the other “things” in my life. I make plenty of mistakes. I share many of them in my writing and speaking because I want to encourage you.

We can do this living holy thing together.



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