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

Parenting Pre-Schoolers

We Weren't Meant To Do It Alone "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."  James 1:5 "What in the world were you thinking?" This was a staple of my prayer life when my children were young.  Yes, I… Continue reading Parenting Pre-Schoolers

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…

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

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?