At times, it appears my fire has burned out. The weight of my circumstances has snuffed it out completely and only darkness remains. Smoke circles me like a an unwanted fog, hindering my clear view, choking me, and confusing matters. Defeat has become my captor. But then I feel it, hard to notice at first—the… Continue reading Out of the Darkness
A few days ago, I ventured into Hobby Lobby with my two little ones. I ran into a friend, and we attempted to talk for a few minutes. My children could not stand being still and waiting. They were bobbing, weaving, and playing with one another, intent on doing what they wanted, in the moment,… Continue reading The Kid in the Store
When I lived in Seattle years ago, I had a dear friend who went to the gym daily. I admit, I often tried to talk her out of going ‘just once’ so we could spend time together doing this or that. She explained that it was a necessity for her. It helped battle her anxiety… Continue reading A Little Self-Care, Please
I have been thinking a lot about Peter’s denial of Jesus. I can relate to what drove Peter to the three denials before the rooster’s crow. Fear. He was afraid of being persecuted by those who believed differently than he did. I may not be facing a threat to my life like Peter, but I… Continue reading Before the Rooster’s Crow
Lately, I have been swayed by whispers of the enemy. I have been stuck in my head, thoughts swirling, looking for answers to difficult questions within myself alone. It is a fool's errand, and I have been stalled. In the words of Lauren Daigle, I need to tell myself to "Look Up, Child". What I… Continue reading Getting Back to Grace
Y’all, I’m tired. I keep searching for uplifting words to share, but I’m physically spent. With continuing to heal from back surgery (now without the brace), enduring kidney stones, suffering through a stomach bug and now fighting off a flu-like virus, I’m worn down. But, thankfully, I’m not worn out. And, thankfully, there are people… Continue reading Remember by Lauren Daigle
I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to Lauren Daigle’s new song, “You Say”. It is my daily go-to. It speaks to me, as it does to many Christians. It serves as a reminder of how God sees us, especially when we struggle with our own self-perceptions. “You say I am loved...… Continue reading Thank You, Lauren Daigle
I remember Hurricane Hugo in 1989. It hit eleven days after my 8th birthday. It was very scary. My mom tells me I asked her over and over if we were going to die. Now, with Florence heading our direction (just after my birthday again), I can’t help but think of those memories. The damage.… Continue reading In the Storm’s Path
Have you ever tried to fit a puzzle piece into the wrong spot in the puzzle? I have witnessed committed puzzlers fight to make a piece fit. Maybe if I push just a little harder? But, try as they might, if it isn't the right place for the piece, it just won't work. And if they… Continue reading When the piece doesn’t fit…
Have you ever had a moment in time when you thought, “Wow, God, you really listened! I see evidence of that answered prayer.” I had a big “ah ha” moment like this yesterday morning, and I feel drawn to share. So, let me tell you a little story. In April 2017, I reached out to… Continue reading An Answered Prayer
This book has meant so much to me as I've gone through an intense season of waiting. It has given me direction and helped me learn to embrace the wait. A good friend and I bought it together, and we dove right in. As always, Sue Monk Kidd is a joy to read. I recommend… Continue reading When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd
Today is a big day in our house. It is class assignment day. My daughter will finally find out who her first grade teacher will be for the year. She has been waiting in great anticipation the whole summer, just wanting to know what’s next for her. I can relate. I have been in a… Continue reading Embrace the Wait
What I’ve learned through personal struggle is—Change is tough. Yet, God can lead us to personal growth. We can strip away areas that hold us back. We can become better versions of ourselves.
I cannot say enough about this book! The amazing Rachel Hollis points out various lies she used to believe about herself and explains how she’s gone about erasing those lies from her life. The book is so relateable, inspiring, and hard to put down. It honestly feels like you’re sitting across from her in a… Continue reading Girl, Wash Your Face! By Rachel Hollis
Faith gives you the strength to say no to self doubt and helps you flip the coin on negative thoughts so you can reach for your dreams.
I have had a lot on my mind lately. So much of my “comfortable” life has been changed. I no longer serve as drama teacher. I no longer can be “wife” and “mom” in the way I once was, at least not for the time being. I find it hard to know my “place” now. […]