• 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…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Relationships

    Forgive Not, Forget Not

    Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJ), Jesus says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”   When I was a young child, forgiving was a word that was so hard for me. Like, how can you forgive your brother, who pulled your hair and ran as fast as he could to the bushes, while you screamed bloody murder? Then, to top it off, you received a 1960’s scolding (most know what that is) from your mother for screaming! “Laura Mignon, I’ll give you something to cry about. Stop that screaming!”…

  • Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Pain,  Prayer

    Even If

    A couple of weeks ago, I had a routine medical test done. The next day, I received a voicemail asking me to call back regarding the test. My heart sank because that’s never a good sign. No one leaves bad news on a voicemail; they always ask you to call back. When I returned the call, the woman told me that the results were slightly questionable and that I needed to schedule for the test to be redone. She assured me that this happens often and that things were most likely fine; however, being human—and a natural worrywart—I wasn’t reassured and immediately started freaking out. The retest was scheduled for…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Prayer,  Stress

    Accio, Joy!

    I can’t carry purses anymore. I’ve tried. I like the idea of a purse. I feel trendy and more feminine when I carry one, but it just isn’t working out for me. Recently, I even thought I’d give it another shot—my kids are getting a little older and require a bit less stuff; surely, I could enjoy the simple pleasure of toting a purse I like. From the top of my closet, I dug out a beautiful Coach purse my husband had gifted me after a business trip he’d been on. It is several years old but still looks brand new (which is telling to how much use it got…

  • Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Pain,  Uncategorized

    “Purposeful Podcast”

    With great JOY, we are happy to share that our friend and collaboration partner, Sara, was guest featured on Daron Earlewine’s “Born to Be Podcast”! Congratulations to you, sweet Sara! The Salty Sunshine team and readers are so blessed by your insights and your talent for sharing your walk with God! We are so proud of you and KNOW God has a great future planned for you! Readers, take a moment to listen to “Sara Welsh on Getting Unstuck in Life” on the Born to Be Podcast. The episode is approximately 30 minutes in length. Sara will walk you through a life-threatening childhood accident she sustained. Sara will go on to…

  • Blended Family,  Blog,  Career,  Family,  Fear,  Hope,  Love,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Stress

    The Game of Accomplishments

    Another year has gone by, and, if you are a lot like me, you are wondering, “Where did it go?” Every year, my head swirls with questions that pop up like a mid-summer afternoon thunderstorm. Questions like, did I accomplish what I wanted, what my family wanted, what everyone expects of me? Guys, I’m 56 years old, and these questions still pop up in my head. Crazy as it seems, I’m really not a goal-oriented person, but year after year, I still ponder what I accomplished last year and what I want or need to accomplish this year.   I decided after years and years of these New Year’s questions,…

  • 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,…

  • 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…