• 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…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Prayer

    Joy Set Before You

    Have you ever pondered how Jesus could walk towards the cross and still find joy? I can’t even imagine everything that must have been going through his head as he walked out those final days. Christ was begging the Father to forgive those who were persecuting him, in real time, as it was unfolding. Could you maintain that mindset while people spit on you? Throw rocks at you? Nail you to a cross? He could have easily pled with the Father to not fulfill the Great Commission, but he wanted each of us so badly, he found joy in what was to come!     Hebrews 12:1-2 says “And let…

  • Faith,  Family,  Love,  Marriage,  Motherhood,  Uncategorized

    Everyday Gestures of Love

    Love is in the air! As the month of February approaches, everyone gets ready for Valentine’s Day. Some exchange cards, purchase overpriced flowers, and there is candy galore! As far back as I can remember, we exchanged valentines at school, and my parents got us a small gift and a card expressing sweet thoughts.   Some people call it a Hallmark-created holiday to elicit more spending on cards, flowers, and candy. Over the years, even single people have embraced the holiday, and now, ladies even do “Galentine’s Day” events! My oldest daughter switched schools this year, and Valentine’s Day is a big deal there! Parents are encouraged to order balloons…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Holy Spirit,  Hope,  Loss,  Pain

    Identify Lies By Using The Fruits!

      Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with a friend who also happens to be a counselor and educator at a Christian university, and she reminded me to cross-check my thoughts with Galatians 5:22-23 before I reacted to them. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (NLT) You see, our beliefs cause a thought, which leads to an emotion and causes an action. If our belief isn’t from the fruits of the Spirit, the entire process results in a tailspin of emotions,…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Pain

    Finding Freedom In The Ashes

    There I was, sitting at a bonfire surrounded by a few girlfriends—all sharing a portion of our story. This week’s topic was forgiveness—or maybe a better title was “unforgiveness”! I had already committed in my head that tonight would be the night! I had come to the realization that I wasn’t hurting anyone but myself by holding on and not forgiving. I was drinking the poison but expecting all those who hurt me to feel the effects.   And finally, it hit me; what was I missing out on in the story God had written for me by being stuck and unable to move forward? I was missing the anticipation…

  • Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Love,  Pain

    Who Am I

    She said, “Here you are! Fill it out and bring it back when you finish.” Question one: “Name”… seems easy enough! Question two: “Family member’s names”… no biggie. Then I came to question three: “Use 6 words to describe yourself?” Sounds easy enough, right? Or is it? As I sat there I contemplated, ‘how vulnerable do I want to be?’, ‘what do I really want to share?’, ‘what if they judge me?’. Finally, I chose to describe myself with these words: wife, mother, dental hygienist, student, reader and compassionate. As I stared at the paper and reflected on what those words even meant, I found myself asking: how generic was…

  • 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…