Faith Tested

Faith Tested

  The last few weeks have been a struggle. A big struggle for my family. Faith has been tested. Relationships strained and it all kept piling on. It’s really been that way since Easter. Tough. I’m telling you, like super tough. But, in all of this that has happened God has been there. God has […]

Road Trips

Road Trips

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. When I was a child, road trips with my dad were always … interesting. As long as he let Mom navigate from the passenger side with a map, things were just fine. But there were times when he ignored her directions. […]

Go In the Strength That You Have

Go In the Strength That You Have

Go in the strength you have… Am I not sending you? Judges 6:14, NIV When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, Gideon was fighting for survival. He was hard at the unglamorous work of protecting his family’s resources from their enemies. It was not exactly a day for visitors, not to mention a […]

God Is Still in Control

God Is Still in Control

I hear mumbling, questioning, and uncertainty when individuals discuss the new administration taking residence at the White House and the violence happening around us; wherever you live. It is not segregated to the inner city, as many proclaim – violence, murder, assaults, thefts, and much more is occurring in the suburbs, churches, businesses, and banks. […]

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

The article I’m sharing today appeared on another blog earlier in the year. I have added a few more ideas to consider here, however. But as the school year is ending, I can’t help but applaud our unsung heroes. Have you ever found yourself considering those people you might not always show thankfulness for? Naturally […]

The Hands of Jesus

The Hands of Jesus

When I think of Jesus, the image that comes to mind is often hands. I see them as he ministered and as He sacrificed everything for us through His death on the cross. But as I reflect on those precious hands, I realize the story of our Savior’s hands begin much earlier. I believe we […]

Friendship

Friendship

  I’m reading a book for review called “Never Unfriended” by Lisa Jo Baker. I thought at first, “Nah, not interested,” then the cry went out that they were low on reviewers and I thought, “Okay. I’ll read it.”   My mom used to complain that she never had any friends. I watched her visit […]

God’s Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

God’s Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

After years and years of teaching in elementary schools, I’ve overheard plenty of kid conversations in the classroom and on the playground. They’re not shy talking about their home lives. For example (my thoughts in parentheses): “My mom never lets me do anything fun.” (Good for her—if that means he can’t go out to play […]

Redefine Mother’s Day

Redefine Mother’s Day

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, a day which for many, evokes a mix of emotions. Whether happy, sad, or a mix of the two, Mother’s Day is bound to prick our hearts to think and reflect on some aspect of motherhood, even if only for a few seconds. Anna Jarvis, the woman who conceived the concept […]

When Our Sought after Advice Goes Unheeded

When Our Sought after Advice Goes Unheeded

As I write this, I’m pressed on every side with extended family and their issues, making my heart break like marbles after a scatter shot. Recently, police authorities called with news the remains of a body they found in the thick underbrush of the forest is indeed my lost brother. He went missing a year […]

Write this in a Book and Recite It

Write this in a Book and Recite It

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” (Exodus 17:14) To fill you in on the background of this passage, the Israelites have left Egypt and they are in the wilderness. […]

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Last summer, Tree Swallows attempted to take over our Bluebird house, so my husband put a bucket over the house in hopes of them leaving. Instead, they patiently sat atop it, waiting, I suppose, for it to reappear. They never gave up! We all face disappointments in life that knock us down and make us […]

Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

My life has been in one of those everything-happening-at-once phases. Family events, including a graduation and an out-of-state wedding, plus a fundraiser for the local library and other obligations. Individually, each event is a good thing, something to look forward to. But when so many are squashed into a few short weeks, it gets to […]

The Most Important Thing in Your Life

The Most Important Thing in Your Life

  It took me years to really pin it down. At first, I was sure success was the most important thing in life. Later, when that seemed vain, I convinced myself that serving others tirelessly would create the sense of purpose I longed for. It worked. Until burnout hit. And then illness struck, and I […]

God is Not a One-Hit Wonder

God is Not a One-Hit Wonder

If I asked you to name some songs that are one-hit wonders, I’m sure you can come up with several. And then we wonder if these bands/singers will ever create another hit. We wonder if they will regroup and release another smash hit. This makes me think about whether or not we treat God as […]

The God Who Sees Me

The God Who Sees Me

Have you ever found yourself going through a difficult season where you begin to doubt whether God sees you? In the darkness of your situation you find it hard to believe that there is actually a God watching over you and has compassion about your situation? In our season of pain it can be difficult […]

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Just the words, New Beginnings, can bring about many different feelings. For some it might bring excitement and anticipation, for others anxiety and fear,  and for others dread. Of course these feelings may vary based on the situation or circumstances but sometimes even the same circumstances result in different feelings because of our perspective. Is it […]

Hope Springs

Hope Springs

I’ve been writing for many years and have always dreamed of seeing my full-length books in print. There have been many ups and downs in the process. Times where my books have gone before the pub board, only to have a negative response. I’ve often been told that editors like my writing, but my book […]