• 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…

  • Hope,  Pain,  Stress,  Uncategorized

    See Giants Fall Part 4: The Power of Perseverance

    Well, friends, sometimes writing makes me want to kick, scream, and throw a tantrum like my son when he wants to play instead of clean his room!  Don’t get me wrong, my son is a WONDERFUL blessing in my life.  He would simply prefer the FUN over the FUNCTIONAL.  I find that I am a lot like that with God.  You see, this blog series has been 18 months in the making.  I didn’t mind writing about the times when God would miraculously solve my problems, or the times when God helped me to see the celebrations and growth of life.  However, when I know God is correcting me 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…

  • Family,  Hope,  Parenting,  Relationships,  Stress

    Peace in the Storm

    It’s been raining here… a lot. And, it’s been really cold. Not really what one hopes for near the end of June! Being a mom of two little kids, I treasure all of those outdoor activities that promise to exhaust the kiddos while also providing endless entertainment and lots of good old Vitamin D for Momma. I’m sure I’m just preaching to the choir here on this one, am I right? So, with the every other day rainstorms, pools that are too cold to be swum in, and cancelled activities, my children and I are going a little stir crazy at this point.   In addition, my kids have also…

  • 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,  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…