Counting It All Joy

Counting It All Joy

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4, NASB) What do you do when you encounter a hiccup along your life journey? You […]

You Are Set Apart To Do Something Great

You Are Set Apart To Do Something Great

I think that it is so important that we meditate on God’s word. We can get so much from such a small passage. For example, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart” Jeremiah 1:5 This passage is so short, but has so much […]

A Page From My Journal on Trust

A Page From My Journal on Trust

Can I be real with you? I mean, the type of honesty you usually get over cups of java, smooth jazz floating overhead. You know what it’s like. You’re sitting there in a cafe, locking eyes with that friend you’ve known for years. Pretend I’m that friend. Sometimes it’s hard for me to trust God. […]

Love Is In the Air

Love Is In the Air

1st Corinthians 13: 4-6  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.    Hearts. Chocolate. Roses. Gooshy—mooshy cards. February is all […]

Driving Backwards – Guilt In The Driver’s Seat

Driving Backwards – Guilt In The Driver’s Seat

I make mistakes. Huge ones, small ones, medium sized ones, just lots of them. Looking back at this past year, I see so many things that I could have done better. As a mom, guilt floods in at the very mention of my shortcomings. You would think that sitting down to reflect on last year […]

The Alarmist

The Alarmist

“O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.”

Parenting is a Patchwork of Love

Parenting is a Patchwork of Love

Proverbs 1:1-9 “…and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Patchwork of Love and Grace It’s such a great experiment, this giving birth and raising children. It’s all mixed up with blessing and curse, glory and grief, never-ending, all-consuming, crossing generations. And the responsibility! My Grandma Ellen taught me to quilt by piecing the squares in the […]

He Meets You Right Where You Are

He Meets You Right Where You Are

A while back, a friend of mine was struggling in her marriage. I’d been praying for her for quite a while because it wasn’t a good situation. I worry about her. She is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known and I cherish her. I had not heard from her in a while and […]

Forgiving the Unforgivable

Forgiving the Unforgivable

As Christians, we are called to forgive those who trespass against us; if we do not forgive others, our Father will not forgive us our sins (Matthew 6:15, NIV). In the Amplified Bible Version, the scripture says, “For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and […]

What Was Meant For Bad, God Turned To Good: My Transformation As A Single Mother

What Was Meant For Bad, God Turned To Good: My Transformation As A Single Mother

I guess it is true when they say,   “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”  Genesis 50:20   I am truly a living testimonial of this. At the age of 23 when I found […]

What If I’m Not Ready Yet?

What If I’m Not Ready Yet?

Six years ago today our daughter, the firstborn, came barreling into our world five weeks earlier than her due date, with wisps of red hair and the personality to match.