Posts By: Laura Watkins

First, Give.

I have been really convicted lately about how much I have been given in life and how little I give back. When I look at all that God has blessed me with, I cannot help but feel so incredibly loved and selfish at the same time. Because of something that I had absolutely no control… Read more »

For Women Only

I do not think that it will come as a surprise to any of you to hear that I am getting married. It is something that I openly talk about and am really excited about. God has brought an amazing man into my life that I am so blessed to even know, let alone get… Read more »

Be Still. Sink Deep.

The Awakening Winter Retreat was this past weekend. It is an event that is near and dear to my heart. Three years ago, on the first ever retreat, I met the love my life who I am going to marry this coming May. From the beginning, this retreat has been a time where I have… Read more »

Beauty

Women are relational beings. We were created to be emotional, loving and compassionate. We were made with a desire to be in community and to have relationships with those around us. With this desire to have relationships and be amongst people, comes the desire for acceptance and love. This broken world has caused women, like… Read more »

In His Image

Genesis 1:27 (ESV) “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” I have read Genesis before and enjoyed it. Yet the verses that were discussed this past week at Awakening really hit me hard and opened my eyes to something that… Read more »

Seeds

Matthew 13: 3-8; 18-23 (NIV) Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang… Read more »

Abide In Christ

This has been a rough week for me. I feel like as I get older, I get busier and busier and more run down. Life takes over and I get so caught up in the things of this world that I start to lose sight of what is really important: following Jesus and loving others…. Read more »

Calm Heart

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV) Two weeks ago at Awakening was the last night of our prayer series. Ryan closed the series with prayer focused on who God is and how He provides for us in… Read more »

Christ’s Ambassadors

2 Corinthians 5:14-20 (NIV) For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no… Read more »

Purpose

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the… Read more »

Cleansing Grace

Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NIV) I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a… Read more »

God Provides

Matthew 6:31-34 NIV 31 So do not worry, saying ‘what shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will… Read more »