• 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…

  • 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,  Holy Spirit,  Prayer

    A Basic Bible Mad Lib

    We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you (INSERT YOUR NAME), because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from (INSERT…

  • Family,  Fear,  Holy Spirit,  Relationships,  Stress

    Fear Is A Good Thing

    Hello, 2019. It’s a new year with new possibilities. Everyone is starting fresh, making resolutions, eating better, working out more, cleaning up the remnants of the previous year, and whatever else comes with January. I don’t know about you, but for me, seeing the pictures everyone is sharing on social media of their resolutions and changes makes me a little anxious!! I feel like if I am not showing the results, checking off my lists, or completing something every single day then I have totally failed, and, oh, what will people think of me?! This whole “What will people think of me?” mindset has been something I have struggled with…

  • 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,  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…

  • Faith,  Holy Spirit,  Relationships

    He is Everywhere

    Have you ever been somewhere, and you thought, “Oh, my God; God is really here”? You know, one of those moments or incidents where you can feel His presence, or something is shown to you that you can’t explain how or why. Some of us shrug it off and call them coincidences, while others grasp onto them, holding them for dear life, knowing it was God. I truly believe “coincidence calling” is either from fear or a lack of belief or doubt that God would be interested in our lives. I’ve noticed from my own “coincidence calling,” fear was the culprit. Fear of what others thought, fear that I was…

  • Faith,  Fear,  Holy Spirit,  Hope,  Love,  Relationships

    How to Love Difficult People, Vol 1

    As I was praying and meditating on my next blog, I knew I wanted to write about how to love difficult people. The “Volume 1” in the title of this blog helps drive the point, that there is no one catch-all answer to this ubiquitous question. One great illustration of this comes from one of my favorite players in comedy, Tina Fey. She wrote and produced a show called “30 Rock.” In this show, she created a character named Kenneth Parcell. The TV show is about a woman (Fey) who is a writer for an NBC late-night comedy show. Kenneth is a page, known for his unrelenting optimism and an…

  • Blog,  Holy Spirit,  Hope,  Pain,  Prayer

    From Desperation to Salvation

    This is probably going to be different from any of my other blogs, and I think that is okay. To be honest, I wasn’t very keen on writing this particular one so soon, as we are still getting to know each other, and one’s testimony can be very raw and vulnerable. However, as I kept pushing this subject out of my mind and brought other topics to the Lord, He impressed upon me that this was the one He wanted me to share. So, in obedience, here I am. Let me start by saying that I do not remember very much of my childhood. And I am not talking about…

  • Holy Spirit,  Hope,  Loss,  Pain

    Reflections of Her

    Over the course of the last year, my three-year-old son has befriended an imaginary person. You may think that doesn’t seem too unusual; I mean, many preschool-aged children go through periods of having an imaginary friend. This, however, is no run-of-the-mill imaginary person. This is the woman my son calls “Grandma.“ “Grandma” sounds like an extraordinary woman, to hear my son talk of her—which is constantly. Initially, my husband and I chalked this up as a temporary phase, and, as most phases go, we didn’t expect this one would last too long. First, we made sure that he wasn’t referencing one of his actual grandmothers, which he assured us he…