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When God Sets You Down

We don't realize how powerful our thoughts can be until we've been set down for a season. Physically, we may feel like we are being held against our will, but our minds are still rockin' and rollin' and boy can they cause a stir when they're all we seem to have left. My husband was… Continue reading When God Sets You Down

Standing in the Gap

If these boat fenders could talk. They've traveled through oceans, rivers, and lakes and kept both large and small vessels from becoming damaged or wrecked. Their outward appearance tells that story with scrapes, dents and faded colors. But, they have managed to keep their shape. Fashioned with sustainable form, designed to take the brunt...to absorb… Continue reading Standing in the Gap

Living a Life of Courageous Faith

“But that isn't right. The King of Beasts shouldn't be a coward,'" said the Scarecrow. 'I know it,' returned the Lion, wiping a tear from his eye with the tip of his tail. 'It is my great sorrow, and makes my life very unhappy. But whenever there is danger, my heart begins to beat fast.'… Continue reading Living a Life of Courageous Faith

Trusting the Waymaker When We Can’t See the Way

  Playing tug-of-war as a kid, I can remember the sting of having the rope snatched out of my hand after what seemed like hours of grunting and pulling to get the W for our team. My hands would burn and turn red and swell for a while. They needed time to recover. To cool… Continue reading Trusting the Waymaker When We Can’t See the Way

The Pathway of Anticipated Loss

As I write this today, I still have a mother.  A mom who is on her feet, cooking, decorating and loving her husband of nearly 50 years.  I also have a mom who travels from doctor's appointment to doctor's appointment, needs help bathing, has shrunk five inches in the last two years and has a… Continue reading The Pathway of Anticipated Loss

When Your Feelings Try to Be the Boss of You

"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist..."  Ephesians 6:14a truth noun the truth : the real facts about something : the things that are true : the quality or state of being true : a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true My feelings are trying to hijack my life.   It's as if my… Continue reading When Your Feelings Try to Be the Boss of You

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Several years ago a relative of mine received an interesting phone call.  It seems that when her father passed away some 30 years before, that He had ownership of a couple of pieces of land out in Texas.  Untouched ground, just sitting there.  A big 'ol company wanted to test the soil and see if… Continue reading The Gift that Keeps on Giving

When we Obey, God Will Make a Way

Several years ago, I felt a strong calling to love on single mothers that were in our community. In my search to find out what single mothers needed and desired, I came across a woman in Michigan who had been doing life with single moms for years, helping to meet their needs, keeping them engaged… Continue reading When we Obey, God Will Make a Way

Making Intentional Changes to Our Human Tendencies

Have you ever been on a vacation and had trouble relaxing?  Women especially seem to struggle with this.  Our minds are planning what our family will eat every meal, what time we should start getting the children ready to go have some fun and how to keep the sink from piling up with dirty dishes… Continue reading Making Intentional Changes to Our Human Tendencies

Becoming the Boss of Busyness

What if busyness was an actual muscle in our bodies?  Like a bicep that thrives with weight resistant curls.  Or the heart that strengthens with consistent cardio activity.  What if the need to be busy strengthened and grew each time we flexed this muscle? If busyness were a muscle we would have to work it… Continue reading Becoming the Boss of Busyness

Dear Mama of a Strong-Willed Child,

" He gives strength to the weary     and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,     and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord     will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;     they will run and not grow weary,     they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 40:29-31 Honesty… Continue reading Dear Mama of a Strong-Willed Child,

Staying the Course in Spite of the Cramps

Both of my children have birthdays this season and every year about this time I go back and recollect the memories of the labor pains it took to birth them. I find myself reminiscing about how big I was as I approached the impending due dates. How I felt, what I looked like, how I… Continue reading Staying the Course in Spite of the Cramps

Resting Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Driving home the other day from work, I could hardly keep my eyes open. The week was coming to an end and the days of an alarm clock buzzing in the dark were catching up with me. I contemplated whether I would come in and make myself a tall iced coffee...or stretch out across my… Continue reading Resting Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Remaining Hopeful When You Feel Helpless

There is no greater fear than when it seems all hope is lost. Have you ever felt this way? Hopeless? John Maxwell has an acronym for hope... "Holding On, Praying Expectantly" When we are holding on to hope, we are waiting...and waiting...and waiting... That holding on part can be tough. I picture myself standing in… Continue reading Remaining Hopeful When You Feel Helpless

When Sitting Shoulder to Shoulder is All You Can Do

  What do we say to someone who has suffered great loss? How can we adequately express the deep sorrow that we feel for someone when they are in mourning? I recently had the privilege of hearing someone speak at a Memorial Service and they said something like this... "What if we all acted like… Continue reading When Sitting Shoulder to Shoulder is All You Can Do

Finding Strength When You Feel Shaky

As we sat in the snow covered cemetery under a big flapping tent in folding metal chairs, I watched as her hand gingerly reach over to brace herself on the nearby headstone.  She used it as leverage to push herself up out of her chair, into the cold wind, and stand to speak. My mom.… Continue reading Finding Strength When You Feel Shaky

Putting our Thoughts in Their Rightful Place

Surely he will realize how disruptive he is being.  For heaven's sake, church has started!  The lights are dimmed.  The opening video is playing.  People are seated quietly.  Why does he keep talking...and laughing...and talking some more?  And who is he talking with?  It takes two, right?  Who is the other person who is not… Continue reading Putting our Thoughts in Their Rightful Place

Bumper Cars and Closed Doors

Real Talk About the Beating We Can Take When We're Trying to Find Direction   We've all been there. Decisions need to be made.  Clarity is elusive.  Discernment is on vacation. What school should I send my kids too?  Where should I work?  Should I work at all?  Should I start that business?  Should I… Continue reading Bumper Cars and Closed Doors

We Are Built for Friendship

If you don’t consider yourself a “runner”, have you ever tried it?  Have you ever laced up your tennis shoes, thrown on a hat and taken off down the street for a jog?  You probably figured out real quick that it’s not as easy as it looks, especially when you're alone. After just a few… Continue reading We Are Built for Friendship

Finding Purpose in Our Scars

"Well, that will leave a mark!!" Have you ever injured yourself and thought or said those words to yourself immediately following?  It's no fun.  Pain that has been inflicted on us, whether intentionally or not, leaves a mark. Here's what Merriam Webster says about it: MARK -an impression (as a scratch, scar, or stain) made… Continue reading Finding Purpose in Our Scars

When “Mother’s Day” Is Hard

Sometimes Mother's Day is tough. Being a mom isn't always fun, some days it's just hard.  Unfortunately, some of those hard days or seasons may fall on or around Mother's Day.  I know they have for me. I've had a Mother's Day or two that I faced with dread.  I've been in the trenches, battling… Continue reading When “Mother’s Day” Is Hard

I’m Sorry About Your Marriage…

This is hard stuff.   It seems that every circle I am in, someone's marriage is in a slow crumble.  Every.  Circle.   Some married for a short time, others for years.  Some without children, others with kids.  Some young, some older.   When we are preparing to marry we dream BIG!!   Those dreams… Continue reading I’m Sorry About Your Marriage…

It’s All About Who You Know

True Talk about Knowing the Right People in the Right Places My children are now adults (eeekk!)  One is married and the other is finding their way as the youngest.  They've all 3 (I claim my DIL) been on a job search at different times over the last year.  Application after application has been filled out… Continue reading It’s All About Who You Know

How Beating Up On Trees Brought Me Some Perspective

"Don't talk to me right now.  I'm feeling very punchy and I might say something I will regret".  This was how I greeted my husband recently when he arrived home from work.  Nice, huh?   Have  you ever been in a place where you were constantly waiting or looking for the "next thing"?  Maybe you're… Continue reading How Beating Up On Trees Brought Me Some Perspective

Finding Hope In the Hallway

We've all stood in the proverbial hallway.  Waiting on doors to open.  Not knowing which door to choose.  Putting our hand on the handle only to find that it's locked.  Listening to what's going on behind closed doors, trying to discern if that's our cue to move on or move in. Waiting...waiting...waiting...  Crickets. What do… Continue reading Finding Hope In the Hallway

Be Kind To Yourself

Jesus told a lot of stories using agricultural references to make His points so that people could easily relate. He talked about soil. He talked about planting seeds. He talked about watering. He talked about being rooted. He talked about pruning. He talked about harvesting.   We talk a lot about planting seeds into the… Continue reading Be Kind To Yourself

Learning To Love Without Limits

  In the first book 0f Peter, Peter is writing, instructing the church in a number of things.  Do's and Don'ts. How to live a holy life.  Warnings on avoiding sin.  etc. etc. etc. Towards the end of the book, he seems to wrap up all of those details with this... " Above all, love each… Continue reading Learning To Love Without Limits

The Art of Letting Them Go…

When I think of creating art, words like messy, beautiful, creative, frustrating, expectation, intentional and unique come to mind. If you were creating a piece of art, what would you think of?  What would your process look like? This is how I am beginning to view my duty of letting my adult children go well… Continue reading The Art of Letting Them Go…

Keeping a Focused Faith in a Frenzied World

    "Am I over thinking this or are all of these valid points that should be explored?" My husband has heard me ask this more times than he would probably like over the years, but, I can't help it.  I'm detailed oriented.  I'm a list maker.  I'm a pro's and con's gal.  A "what… Continue reading Keeping a Focused Faith in a Frenzied World

Purposely created to BE, not to DO

  "It's not about you." Last week we talked about putting the mirror down and getting the focus off of ourselves.  Not the most popular line of thinking these days is it?  We love to talk about our issues, our challenges, our past...but for this series we are exploring why we were created in the… Continue reading Purposely created to BE, not to DO

The Choice is Yours

 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. " I Corinthians 10:23   When my children were really small, they had to do whatever in the world I told them too.  Get in the car.  Get in the bath.  Stay… Continue reading The Choice is Yours

What Does It Mean To Be Broken?

"We are broken" "Bring your brokenness to Him" "Come all who are broken" "In my brokenness, I can ______________" I see these statements a lot lately. We don't like to think about it, we don't like admitting it, but it's the truth.  We aren't just imperfect people, we are broken people.  We have cracks.  We… Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Broken?

Restoring Rest to Our Racing Minds

Does your mind ever fill so jumbled with all the thoughts that trying to make sense of them seems too big a task? You're not alone. Scientists say the average brain processes between 2500 and 3500 thoughts an hour. That's 50 thoughts per minute or nearly 48,000 thoughts on any given day. That's a lot… Continue reading Restoring Rest to Our Racing Minds