• Blog,  Faith,  Hope,  Prayer

    Great Expectations

    “ Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us….” -Ephesians 3:20 NIV   NEW!  New Year, new goals, new dreams!  Each “old” year is wrapped up with a grand celebration, and a “new” year will likely be embraced with vigor and anticipation, at least for a couple of weeks for most people (and maybe even a couple of months for some)!  New diets, new habits, new hobbies, new jobs, and new proclamations to take better care of ourselves. New. With 80% of resolutions failing by the second week of February, according to U.S.…

  • Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Love,  Uncategorized

    Blessed by Scripture

    The women of the Salty Sunshine compiled a list of Bible Scriptures we feel particularly drawn to during Christmastime! Before we share those Scriptures with you, our curiosity was piqued regarding Bible facts. Did you know…? In the ESV, “Jesus” occurs 925 times, all in the New Testament. The only book of the New Testament that doesn’t contain the name Jesus is 3 John. (Depending on which translation of the Bible you are reading, the number of times “Jesus” is mentioned will vary.) Ref: bibleq.net The KJV has the word “love” occurring 310 times! Ref: christianbiblereference.com The NIV mentions “forgive” 74 times. Ref:christianbiblereference.org “Hope” is seen in the KJV 130…

  • Faith,  Family,  Love,  Uncategorized

    “The Farm Store, Frosties and…a Pickle?

    Yes! These are a few of our (the women of the Salty Sunshine) favorite traditions! We had fun learning about the various traditions our families enjoy during the Christmas season. Attending Christmas services at church topped the list! We want to give a shout out to all the volunteers!  Volunteers graciously offer their time at Christmas to welcome many guests into their churches! We thank those serving for being the hands and feet of Jesus! KNOW you are impacting lives with the good news of God’s love! So, from The Salty Sunshine, we THANK YOU! Many of our bloggers live in and around the Indianapolis area. Several families identified they…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Family,  Hope,  Uncategorized

    “Seeing Is Believing…”

    “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” -The Conductor in The Polar Express (2004) The Christmas season brings about all kinds of “feels”! Feelings of hope for the future, gratitude for our blessings, anticipation of giving/receiving gifts, joy in hearing our favorite holiday songs, comfort while watching Christmas movies, and even nostalgia when we associate certain smells with Christmas! For the women of The Salty Sunshine, the most overwhelming feeling is LOVE. We love Jesus Christ and we believe, wholeheartedly, we are LOVED by Jesus Christ! While celebrating the birth of Jesus with our loved ones and friends, we…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Hope,  Love,  Relationships

    “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

    Have you ever wondered about the origin of certain Christmas songs? I love the satellite radio “Holly” station! It has everything from traditional to revamped to kid-friendly Christmas tunes. The classic “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song was playing on the radio, and I couldn’t help but giggle at all the renditions and the repetitiveness of the song. In my experience, people either tolerate this song or need to change the channel. Then, these questions came to mind: Who wrote this song? When? How many variations are there? Surely, there is a Christian viewpoint on “The Twelve Days of Christmas”? Thanks to the internet and my iPhone, I had all…

  • Faith,  Family,  Holy Spirit,  Stress

    Changing Seasons, and Changing With Them

    During my experience as a pregnant woman, and now as a mother, I’ve learned some things about myself, about women, and even more important, about God. At the beginning, I asked a lot of questions. A LOT of questions. So often, the answers I received were not what I expected. I expected black and white; I expected definitive answers. All too often, I was met with, “You’ll find the answer.” Why, I thought, wasn’t there an answer that I could scribble down on a Post-it and stick on my fridge, so I couldn’t get it wrong? I think back to when I was a young Christian, and the same was…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Pain,  Prayer

    Beautifully Broken

        “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV   The end-of-the-year holiday seasons have always been a time of reflection for me. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this year is no exception! My son, Maddox, is in North Carolina with his Dad and soon-to-be stepmom and step-brothers. As I sit by myself, in a paradox of simultaneous renewal and restlessness, I am struck by the irony of life. I am 39 years old, slightly more than four months away from the Big 4-0, and my life looks NOTHING…

  • Faith,  Family,  Hope,  Love,  Prayer

    “I’m Already Home”

    “Home,” a simple four-letter word. Yet, the definition can be quite extensive. The first definition of home on Dictonary.com is as follows: A noun; the place where one lives permanently; especially as a member of a family or household. I fully acknowledge that the word “home” may have a negative connotation for some while it creates a warm, fuzzy feeling for others. If you have struggled with an unfortunate home life, please stick with me for a minute! For me, the meaning of home has evolved over the years. I was born in Missouri. I had an awesome childhood on a 40-acre farm. My grandparents were all a 30-minute drive…

  • Career,  Faith,  Family

    I Believe in You

    Right after I got married, I couldn’t find a job. I went straight to grad school from undergrad, graduated with my master’s degree in English, and then spent the next couple of months finishing up wedding planning. I figured I’d search for a job after our honeymoon.  But six months passed with barely an interview, and I was getting pretty bored sitting at home all day watching “The Price is Right” and reruns of “Quantum Leap” while my husband was at work. I decided I needed to do something—anything—while I still hunted for a writing job that might actually make use of some of my six years of college learning.…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Motherhood,  Relationships

    Faithful Provider

    Are you praying for something so fervently in your life, but you feel like God isn’t listening? Are you in the middle of your season and losing faith that you’re ever getting out of it? Do you hope with every fiber of your being for God to change a situation, but, in actuality, doubt God’s power or that He will ACTUALLY show up and do anything? If I’m honest with myself, I’ve struggled with putting all my faith, or maybe even any faith, in God to handle things in my life. I’m logical, and I’m a realist. I deduct the best possible outcome and go from there. As a child…