Tina Dorward

About Tina Dorward

Tina Dorward is a fully-devoted follower of Christ who loves spending time with her husband and two sons and volunteering at her local church. In her free time she reads, writes, paints and cooks.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Just the words, New Beginnings, can bring about many different feelings. For some it might bring excitement and anticipation, for others anxiety and fear,  and for others dread. Of course these feelings may vary based on the situation or circumstances but sometimes even the same circumstances result in different feelings because of our perspective. Is it […]

Too Much Sharing!

Too Much Sharing!

Oh that our world would realize that it’s not necessary or even okay to share every single thing happening in our lives! I recently traveled for work and spent quite a bit of time in an airport killing time before my return flight.  As I sat in a cubbie to charge my phone, a young […]

The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road

When my boys were little, I loved taking them for walks into woods to discover all that they held…bugs, big trees, different colored leaves, all of it I found was a great palette for discovering about God’s world. It was a time when we didn’t rush; we took our time to look up close at bark, […]

The Apple of His Eye

The Apple of His Eye

  The Bible speaks of the fruit of the Spirit. It speaks about how when we live our lives according to God’s ways, we bear good fruit. It also speaks to when we live our lives according to the world’s ways we bear bad fruit. But have you ever thought about how God sees you? […]

King of Kings

King of Kings

Merry Christmas! On this day we celebrate the historical birth of the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Prince of peace, Emmanuel~God with us. No other world religion has a god that came to his people other than the one true God that Christians worship. God became flesh through the person of Jesus […]

Come Before Him With Thanksgiving

Come Before Him With Thanksgiving

As we gather together with family and friends over Thanksgiving, it brings to mind the importance of praising our Heavenly Father for the many blessings He has given us. Last week our church held “A Night of Worship” and it was an amazing night of incredible praise for our God and King. Church staff anticipated there […]

Defining Family

Defining Family

My mother-in-law, Phyllis, passed away this past Friday. My husband and I were blessed to know it was coming and were able to be with her at her passing which was very peaceful. Although she had suffered with Alzheimer’s for the last 8 or so years, she was still able to interact with us in her own […]

Where’s Your Investment?

Where’s Your Investment?

Investing is an interesting concept. Most associate investing with finances but the truth is there are many ways that we can invest that don’t involve money at all. Jesus did it all the time. He invested in others. He spent His time committed to meeting others where they were, encouraging them when He could and […]

God Is Always Working

God Is Always Working

I know what you’re probably thinking, even God took a day of rest, and you’re right, He did. However, since that time, God is always working amidst our circumstances even when we can’t see it. This point has been driven home to me over these last couple of years but has come full circle recently. […]

Brokenness

Brokenness

What do you do when something of yours gets a crack or breaks, let’s say a glass or a bowl? I know for me it usually ends up in the garbage. I don’t want anyone to cut their mouths on a broken glass and cracked bowls inevitably leak milk or other liquids so that’s no […]

Child of Light

Child of Light

People said to us many times, “God must have a special plan in place for him.” I remember thinking, God has a special plan for each of us doesn’t He? And what if he would have died, does that mean God’s plan was any less special for him? Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “For I know the […]

We Are Called to Obedience

We Are Called to Obedience

Routine is comfortable. Seeing the same people, being in the same environment, not having to worry about what’s expected of you because you already know, these are the things we like because they are familiar. But God doesn’t call us to the familiar or the routine. God calls us out of our comfort zones into […]

The Light Shines Through the Darkness

The Light Shines Through the Darkness

This Good Friday, as we remember and honor Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for you and for me, I hope we also recognize that we are blessed to see the light that shines through the darkness of this day. It’s important we acknowledge the darkness that Good Friday represents and the magnitude of all that […]

Producing Fruit: Flesh or Spirit

Producing Fruit: Flesh or Spirit

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” (Galatians 5:16-17 NASB) […]

Focus On Today and Yet Tomorrow

Focus On Today and Yet Tomorrow

We’ve officially entered that time in parenting when your present focus is mostly on the future…college. It’s a weird place to be because you want to be in the present, to enjoy these days all together because you know they are starting to dwindle away, and yet there are so many “to-dos” to plan for what […]

Can You Picture It?

Can You Picture It?

“Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born today in Bethlehem, […]

Faithfulness

Faithfulness

What an incredible trip to Israel I had! As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I can’t help but be thankful for the opportunity to visit the Holy Land and experience the very places and peoples that our Savior experienced. Israel is a beautiful country will rolling hills, amazing vistas and a diversity and spirituality […]

Do You Truly Trust?

Do You Truly Trust?

I’m preparing for the trip of a lifetime…I’m leaving for Israel the day after this gets posted! To think that I will be experiencing in person the land, the people and the history that I’ve been reading about is still hard to believe. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (NLT) Part of […]