• Blog,  Faith,  Love,  Uncategorized

    Free Indeed

    Who the Son sets FREE is Free Indeed From Oppression, Depression, and Chains WE ARE FREED! With faith the size of a Mustard Seed, Mountains were moved with the Good Lord’s Lead! Our ancestors fought to follow a Creed — To Honor the One who did the most selfless Deed; To Sacrifice Himself on the Cross, so we all could be Freed! Who the Son sets Free is FREE INDEED!   To all those who have fought for our Freedom, Thank You and Happy 4th of July!  

  • Family,  Hope,  Parenting,  Relationships,  Stress

    Peace in the Storm

    It’s been raining here… a lot. And, it’s been really cold. Not really what one hopes for near the end of June! Being a mom of two little kids, I treasure all of those outdoor activities that promise to exhaust the kiddos while also providing endless entertainment and lots of good old Vitamin D for Momma. I’m sure I’m just preaching to the choir here on this one, am I right? So, with the every other day rainstorms, pools that are too cold to be swum in, and cancelled activities, my children and I are going a little stir crazy at this point.   In addition, my kids have also…

  • Uncategorized

    Batteries Not Included: Part 2- The Art of Celebration!

    This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NLT) TODAY. A simply powerful word, yet so often underappreciated and taken for granted. I’m not really sure when the shift happened, but somewhere between the simple pleasures of childhood and the increasing pressures of adulthood, I have often found myself rushing through, or finding ways to avoid, TODAY. It is a recent realization that stopped me in my tracks. Here I am intentionally seeking time with God, in which I have seen Him move mountains for me! Yet, I still find myself stuck in a rut that mixes a lack of…

  • Family,  Love,  Parenting

    The 5 Love Languages of Children

    School’s out for summer! That tune has been floating around in my head for a couple of weeks in anticipation of my oldest completing first grade. While I am excited to spend summer with both of my kids at home, I am anxious, as well. As parents, we all know that the first few days will be filled with extra snuggles, crafting, and outdoor play, and getting along seems like a breeze! Then, the bickering will start, complaints of boredom will arise, tiny voices bossing each other around will start to surface, and my overall patience will be challenged by all the togetherness. As I mentioned in The 5 Love…

  • 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…

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    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…