Open Hearts

“I don’t care what you know until I know that you care.” This quote by John Maxwell was one of many puzzle pieces God sent me this week. A conversation here, an impactful statement in a book there, scriptures carried everywhere. I wish I could package what God is teaching me in a cute story … [Read more…]

Is What Your Listening to Worth Dancing to?

Kylie’s singing voice filled the house as headphones pumped her favorite song in her ears. She was in her own little world as she twirled over to me and yelled, ”Mom, I keep rewounding it because I want to learn it better.” Kicking her leg up, she twirled away smiling from ear to ear. Why … [Read more…]

Being Safe in Prayer

I squeezed Kylie tighter in my arms certain she was the safest one in the ocean. Christian and Kaden laughed with their two cousins after each salty wave they jumped. They were only ten feet from Chris and I, but the pull of the ocean tide on my legs kept me on alert for their … [Read more…]

When Training Is a Prize in Itself

Have you ever worked hard towards a prize only to discover the actual prize received was above and beyond what you trained for? While in training, we have the tendency to focus on and structure our training around a tangible or visible marker. We need to know what we are working towards so we can … [Read more…]

What or Who Occupies Our Minds?

My husband discovered a bag of salad in our pantry the other day. “Who put this in here?” naturally followed, and I knew my preoccupied mind was more than capable of the leafy offense. You could make a strong argument for spurts of emptiness between my ears, but I wish it were that simple. My … [Read more…]

Our Hope is in Heaven

Have you ever felt like a frog, but you know deep down you were meant to be a prince?  I don’t like frogs, but if I had to be one, I would want to live in Kylie’s world. At first glance, the Barbie dream house and matching sports car Kylie lugged down from her room … [Read more…]

Hearing Wisdom in the Noise

I like quiet and peaceful environments, but God has taught me how to thrive even as my kids call out to me from three different directions. “Mom, can you tie my shoes?” “Mom, I can’t find my cleats!” “Mom, I’m sorry but I thought the lid was on the orange juice when I shook it.” … [Read more…]

Setting Our Eyes On Jesus

Kylie stared intently at the huddle of boys on the football field trying to spot her brothers before me. “I see them!” “Christian has the white shirt on, and Kaden is wearing the blue shirt.”  “Great Job, Kylie! You found the boys faster than mommy.”  Kylie smiled confidently and said, “That’s why I have good-looking … [Read more…]

How to Find Success in a Complicated Life

We cannot underestimate the power of praying for our kids.  It is not enough to prepare them with worldly skills and knowledge. We need to teach them who they are in Christ and how to stand strong as they take the spiritual field. I see my husband on countless nights watching game film and creating plays … [Read more…]

Heart for God and Hands of Service

As I strive to be the woman God intends for me to be, I find myself pondering the Proverbs 31 woman.  She does so many things well, and it seems she never drops one ball in her juggling act. Proverbs 31:20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.   … [Read more…]