Trusting Instead Of Prepping For Heartache

Do you ever try to prep your kids without telling them the whole story of what is about to happen? The full weight of the reality that our twelve-year-old lab is not doing well and on her last leg is too much for my kids to bear, so I tone it down: “Abby is not … [Read more…]

What A Gift It Is To Stand In Line

I try to not attach a deep spiritual meaning to every simple life experience I encounter, but a two-hour wait in Orlando heat for a two-minute Disney ride screams for spiritual understanding. Earthly experiences can be useful tools to dig for spiritual depth. I was all in at this point. I wiped a chocolate smudge … [Read more…]

When Hurry Steals Our Best

Restless minds make poor authors of love letters. Well-intentioned? Most of the time. Scattered thoughts? Most definitely. Just the other day I quickly jotted down my thought-out words of encouragement on a beautiful card bought on a calmer day, and I misspelled a simple word in my hurry to get it done. To the trash … [Read more…]

Empty Is The New Filled

I thought being indecisive kept me from living a full life. Choosing a restaurant for dinner or toppings for pizza always fell on my husband’s plate. Lazy thinking? Maybe. Too much pressure applied to simple choices? Most definitely. My search for a full, confident life prompted me to analyze my strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. … [Read more…]

Get Mad and Focus

“Please don’t wait until you are sick to choose health (Joyce Meyer, Breaking Bad Habits).” The New Year brings anticipation but also assessment. What is working for me and what do I need to change? A fresh urgency and concern for our health stirs our hearts and prompts us to put on running shoes and put … [Read more…]

It’s Time to Open Our Hearts

I fried a pan of bacon this morning for my kids’ breakfast. It may not seem like a big deal to most people, but to me it is. It’s been twelve years since I stood comfortably in front of a stove boasting hot oil. I stood comfortably today. The smell of hot oil brings back … [Read more…]

Holy Ever After

“Marriage is designed for us to live holy ever after and not happily ever after.” My pastor, Shawn Smith at SouthCrest Church, challenged the congregation today concerning our relationships. He refuses to allow us to settle for anything other than being “set apart, different, and unique” because only then will our lives, our marriages, glorify … [Read more…]