• Family,  Holy Spirit,  Love,  Relationships

    What’s in a Name?

    When I was asked to write for this blog, I have to say, I was like, “What in the world would I write about?” Yes, I have lots of life experiences, but writing about them just seemed a little too much at the beginning. And, besides, where on earth would I start? (Seriously, where would I start?!) I guess, first, I would start by introducing myself since I had been doing it all week in different groups. I have such an unusual name, it only seems natural to explain how my parents arrived at Mignon. Really, how many Mignons do you know with “Mig” as a nickname? How did I…

  • Blog,  Divorce,  Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Loss,  Parenting

    Good Grief: Finding Hope At The End Of my Rope…

    As I sit in the cool night air, I am struck by the peace and calm of the insects singing all around me. This night seems to be in stark contrast to many of the nights that appeared to repeat in slight variations over the years. Grief is funny that way, and though I tried my best to ignore it both growing up and as an adult, the sadness of stolen moments just wouldn’t let me go. I know that every human being who has lived any significant amount of time will have experienced grief at some point. It always fascinates me how some people seem to heal quickly with…

  • Faith,  Family,  Hope,  Love

    Walking in the Wilderness

    Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church once said, “If you don’t understand how far someone has wandered in the wilderness, you will never understand their excitement about their deliverance.” As I sit here, I see this beautiful and vibrant little boy who is my son. I see a wonderful man I get to call my husband. I see a cozy house I am blessed to call home. And most importantly, I have a God who I love with all of my heart and soul and who I know loves me, too. This picture could have been drastically different had I not listened to a few very important prompts from God.…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Prayer

    Guard Your Hope

    This blog post has been etched on my heart for many years, and I am so excited to share what I believe is a message every believer needs to hear. It’s a lesson the Lord reminds me of so often and is something that I have discussed with my friends and family at length over the years. So, I pray that you feel challenged and encouraged by what I feel the Lord wants you to hear today.   According to the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, I am an ENFP. I am the extrovert of all extroverts. I am enthusiastic, outgoing, spontaneous, impulsive, energetic, empathetic and, at times, spastic. God made me…

  • Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Stress

    Just Say No

    I risk revealing my age when I say this, but I was in elementary school when then-First Lady Nancy Reagan introduced her anti-drug campaign. I recall seeing green signs posted everywhere with the campaign’s slogan, “Just Say No!” in bold, white letters. I remember PSAs featuring the First Lady surrounded by school kids screaming what to do if I, on the other side of the screen, were ever offered illegal drugs. People wore “Just Say No” t-shirts, Mrs. Reagan appeared on talk shows, and the message of saying that one, seemingly simple word was drilled into our heads on more occasions than I can remember. I’d like to credit Nancy…

  • Faith,  Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Stress

    Treasure It!

    Motherhood is still pretty new to me. My sweet little Charis Anne is about 17 months old, and she does a great job of keeping me on my toes. I have genuinely loved every second of being a mom. It has changed me for the better, I believe. And one of the ways that I love most is the fact that I have a better understanding of the never-ending, unconditional, truly radical love God has for me. I feel like God is constantly giving me these revelations of who He is through my relationship with Charis. I have grown to love these moments and truly treasure the new and exciting revelations I…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Hope,  Prayer,  Stress

    Distress Calls

    It has been a rough few weeks. I mean exhausting, kids won’t nap, laundry is piling up, we are running out of food in the pantry but I can’t find time to grocery shop, and my husband has been working so many hours I don’t have the energy to hold down the fort on my own much longer kind of rough. Some days, I feel like I’m waving the white flag, but somehow, it’s not working, and more and more just gets piled on. Does anyone else relate to this?! I would imagine at least a few of you. This is something I would definitely label as being in distress,…

  • Faith,  Family,  Motherhood,  Prayer,  Relationships

    Sometimes We All Need A Little Push

    Let’s face it, no matter where you are on your journey in this life, nearly all of us have experienced isolation. Isolation, by definition, is to be removed from or apart from or having minimal contact with others. There are many ways we can find ourselves isolated; we may find we are isolated from social environments, isolated financially, isolated from being in a work atmosphere, or even geographically isolated having been relocated or moved. While I knew growing my family would change the dynamics of our home and social life, some of the isolation I’ve felt at different times certainly wasn’t anything I was prepared for. Let me just first…

  • Faith,  Family,  Hope,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    The Day the Devil Stole

    The day the devil stole wasn’t unlike most days. I suppose that’s how he sneaks into our thoughts, actions and our hearts. I yelled, I blamed, I was very impatient (even more than usual), I was angry, I was bored, I was overstimulated, I was over-touched, I was so grumpy, AND it was only 1 pm on a Wednesday. The only circumstance differing from my routine was my oldest daughter stayed home from school due to illness. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe my five-year-old had a one-time vomiting episode due to a coughing fit, so I decided to keep her home with me and her two-year-old sister.…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Fear

    It Is Time

    “So, are you going to start your blog?” my husband hollered from the bedroom. “What?” I responded half-heartedly, trying to act as if I hadn’t heard him clearly over the kids playing in the living room and the dishwasher running. “Are you going to get started on your blog?” He repeated, clearly, as he walked into the kitchen. I sighed. “It’s not the right time. We have way too much going on right now. I will—some day when things aren’t so crazy.” Even as I said it, I knew it was a lie. Yes, we had a lot going on. In fact, we’d never been busier. One child now in…