• Family,  Parenting

    Happy Maycember!

    “I love the last two weeks of school!” (…said NO MOM EVER!) Friends, we are in the homestretch, and let me tell you, with all honesty, I am phoning it in! As much as I love my children and want them to succeed in school, I am over all the last-minute projects and end-of-the-year field trips, the awards ceremonies and the concerts, the sign-ups for year-end party donations and the requests to be in eight different places at once. My second grader was upset with me that I couldn’t attend her last field trip because I had already promised my sixth grader that I’d attend her class’s year-end picnic. (I…

  • Family,  Holy Spirit,  Hope,  Pain,  Prayer

    Progress Not Perfection

    I grew up in a military family. For my siblings and I, this meant lots and lots of moving, developing the ability to adapt to change and newness very quickly, growing accustomed to being the outsiders, and outwardly presenting perfect behavior. I remember my dad making us do his version of drills as punishment, and these drills ranged anywhere from doing laps around an outdoor football stadium followed by pull ups on the monkey bars at the nearby park to marching in a circle repeating, “tick, tock, I’m a clock,” when we were late in starting our school day, as all of the moving necessitated a homeschool education. We wore…

  • Motherhood

    Mom. Mommy. Mother. Mama. Mum.

    Happy Monday! Hello to all of you readers. I hope all the Mom’s out there had a WONDERFUL day, doing whatever it is that makes you truly happy, refreshed and energized. This was my second Mother’s Day ever, and it was full of family, love, laughter and good food. A typical Sunday for us starts out with our wonderful church in Richmond, IN. Though it isn’t a registered ARC church, it does follow the same principals, the same structure, and even receives assistance from other ARC churches and the corporate office. I say that just to give you an idea of what “kind” of church we attend – as there…

  • Faith,  Family,  Holy Spirit

    Spiritual Spring Cleaning

    This time of year always gets me so excited for all that’s coming next. Here in Indiana, we generally say by the end of the March Madness Basketball competition, that Old Man Winter has calmed down and we can prepare for spring. By this time, in general, the threat of snow has passed, and a few years back, we began to participate in Daylight Savings Time, so our mornings begin a little earlier by April. The sun greets us bright and early, the birds begin chirping a little louder, we start considering what we will plant in our gardens, and our flowers begin to bloom.   In my house, all…

  • Uncategorized

    Batteries Not Included Part 1: Tapping Into the Power of God

    Now may the God of hope fill you with ALL JOY AND PEACE in believing, so that you will abound in hope BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Romans 15:13 (NKJV, emphasis mine)   How many of us run at a pace that requires caffeinated beverages not as a luxury but, rather, as the gasoline that keeps us fueled for the next trek of the race? From the constant “dings” of the next notification to the “I needs” of family, colleagues, and friends, there are many things vying for our attention and energy. Add in the unexpected challenges, or the tragic, and it is not surprising that we feel…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Pain

    What Does the Bible Say About…

    All right, friends. In my last blog, I said I would read The 5 Love Languages of Children and bring what I learned to the readers of The Salty Sunshine. I apologize; the follow-through on that has to wait. Here’s why: In the last 24 hours, I have read about or witnessed MANY people hurting. These hurts have been shared on Facebook and through texts, phone calls, and emails. The pain being experienced by people in my life is overwhelming. My nursing peers have lost another patient, my friends are struggling with anxiety/depression, and I am reading shared concerns from successful moms who are doubting their abilities and worrying about…

  • Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Stress

    A Mess too Big to Bless?

    It’s a Monday…again. I knew it was coming back—it does every week. Mondays are like the movie “Groundhog Day” around here. Laundry needs folded, dishes need washed, and even though I recall cleaning the house thoroughly just seven days ago, there is no evidence of that anywhere. I am in my typical Monday-state of rushing from room to room collecting misplaced items to return to their proper homes when I step in something wet as I enter the living room. I take a deep breath before I brave investigating the source of my now-damp sock. “Please don’t be pee,” I say to myself, as I look down to discover a…

  • Faith,  Family

    Spoiler Alert

    For her eighth grade English class, my daughter is currently reading one of my all-time favorite books. I won’t tell you the title for fear of spoiling it for anyone, but she knows how much I love the book and was excited to bring it home and tell me she had begun reading it. She was only a chapter or two in when it—the thing she almost always does—started… Her: “Why did so-and-so do such-and-such?” Me: “Read the book.” Her: “When do we meet so-and-so?” Me: “Read. The. Book.” Her: “Does so-and-so die? What about so-and-so? Please tell me so-and-so lives!” Me: “READ THE BOOK!” Her (skips to the end…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Relationships

    Forgive Not, Forget Not

    Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJ), Jesus says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”   When I was a young child, forgiving was a word that was so hard for me. Like, how can you forgive your brother, who pulled your hair and ran as fast as he could to the bushes, while you screamed bloody murder? Then, to top it off, you received a 1960’s scolding (most know what that is) from your mother for screaming! “Laura Mignon, I’ll give you something to cry about. Stop that screaming!”…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Fear,  Love,  Pain,  Prayer

    Springing Into Submission

    “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”   (James 4:7 New American Standard Bible)   I don’t know if I am the only one who struggles with submission. Initially, my face physically cringes when I simply hear the word! Submit? Me? NO WAY! I’m not letting ANYONE rule over me! I’m no doormat!! At least, that is what my internal monologue screamed at the word, “submission”—well, until recently.   In previous “submissions” of my writing, I addressed the lies of the enemy and the way that he wants to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) anything good.  What is good is that GOD IS…