• Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Stress,  Uncategorized

    I QUIT!!!

    “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”  (Galatians 6:9 NLT) “Yep, you heard me, I QUIT!!!!”  Does that surprise you?  I QUIT!!  Truth be told, I actually do quit on a regular basis.  For you, I wonder what images pop into your head when you hear the phrase “I QUIT!”?  Do you see someone storming out of a job fed up with the treatment?  Do you see someone in the middle of a workout collapsing to the floor in bodily defeat?  Maybe you see someone, hopeless, putting an end to…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Hope,  Prayer,  Uncategorized

    See Giants Fall Part 5: Preparing For Battle

    Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:11 NIV)  Boy, Oh Boy! When I first started writing this series, I’ll tell you what! I was excited! I even squealed with anticipation and joy at its name and of God’s revelation to me. After 2019, I was like, “YAAAAASSSSSSS!!! See Giants Fall…FINALLY!” This just goes to show how married I am to the idea of comfort and how loving God is to be patient with the development of my character! Let’s just say, God’s idea of progress and mine might have a different interpretation of what it “should” or…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Hope,  Pain

    See Giants Fall Part 3: Bloom Where You Are Planted

    “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NLT) Happy new month to you all!!! New month already? Really!!! 2020 is flying by!  It’s hard to believe that with all of the Giants we have faced together in 2019, we are moving through another year together! As I reflect back at the start of 2019, I can tell you with full transparency that when I wrote “Great Expectations” last January, I could not begin to predict what the journey would entail, nor the richness of the lessons learned. I…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Uncategorized

    See Giants Fall Part 1: Made to Win

    “For the Lord your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 (ESV; emphasis mine) What do you think about when you hear the phrase, “Giants Fall?”  Do you think of the Underdog about to take down the Champion in a competition or a fight?  Is your giant a person, perhaps a family member or a colleague, who slings insults to keep you from rising higher than they do, or to remind you of a past failure?  Do you think of obstacles and circumstances that need to be overcome when you think of conquering giants? Or, is…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Prayer,  Uncategorized

    Into the Wilderness Part 3: Power Before the Promised Land

    “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9 NIV) I don’t know a person who hasn’t found themselves wandering through a Wilderness at some point in their lives.  Between childhood and adulthood, life will hit with an arsenal of unfair and uncontrollable circumstances. Some people I know, myself included, have travelled through multiple iterations of various Wilderness seasons.  Health issues, loss and grief, moving, identity challenges, peer pressure, financial difficulty, job stress, parenting, social media comparison traps, and relational issues can cause a person to be stranded…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Hope,  Pain

    Into the Wilderness Part 2: Training Ground

    “He changes a desert into a pool of water and makes water flow out of dry ground.”  (Psalm 107:35 NLV) MORE WILDERNESS.  What do you do when you’ve been pushed to your limit and life’s circumstances keep falling apart all around you?  What do you do when you’ve escaped the chains of slavery, in whatever form it comes, but the journey of Freedom is accompanied with daily dependence?  What do you do when you are flat-out tired and scared and not sure you can “rough it” one more day? Do you complain like the Israelites did, causing your initially short season to expand into a much longer than intended land…

  • 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!  

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…