• 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…

  • Uncategorized

    Into the Wilderness: Part 1- Savoring Survival Mode

    Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (ESV; emphasis mine)   WILDERNESS. This one word reflects so many connotations! I wonder, what image pops into your head when you picture yourself in the wilderness? Are you trudging through a scary, treacherous, and unknown landscape, like Indiana Jones, desperately trying to stay alive? Or are you more like a pirate on a scavenger hunt, combing the beach for treasure and learning how to be resourceful? Maybe, your wilderness is even more peaceful than that? Perhaps you are…

  • 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!  

  • 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…

  • Uncategorized

    Batteries Not Included: Part 2- The Art of Celebration!

    This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NLT) TODAY. A simply powerful word, yet so often underappreciated and taken for granted. I’m not really sure when the shift happened, but somewhere between the simple pleasures of childhood and the increasing pressures of adulthood, I have often found myself rushing through, or finding ways to avoid, TODAY. It is a recent realization that stopped me in my tracks. Here I am intentionally seeking time with God, in which I have seen Him move mountains for me! Yet, I still find myself stuck in a rut that mixes a lack of…

  • Family,  Love,  Parenting

    The 5 Love Languages of Children

    School’s out for summer! That tune has been floating around in my head for a couple of weeks in anticipation of my oldest completing first grade. While I am excited to spend summer with both of my kids at home, I am anxious, as well. As parents, we all know that the first few days will be filled with extra snuggles, crafting, and outdoor play, and getting along seems like a breeze! Then, the bickering will start, complaints of boredom will arise, tiny voices bossing each other around will start to surface, and my overall patience will be challenged by all the togetherness. As I mentioned in The 5 Love…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Happy Maycember!

    “I love the last two weeks of school!” (…said NO MOM EVER!) Friends, we are in the homestretch, and let me tell you, with all honesty, I am phoning it in! As much as I love my children and want them to succeed in school, I am over all the last-minute projects and end-of-the-year field trips, the awards ceremonies and the concerts, the sign-ups for year-end party donations and the requests to be in eight different places at once. My second grader was upset with me that I couldn’t attend her last field trip because I had already promised my sixth grader that I’d attend her class’s year-end picnic. (I…

  • 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…

  • Motherhood

    Mom. Mommy. Mother. Mama. Mum.

    Happy Monday! Hello to all of you readers. I hope all the Mom’s out there had a WONDERFUL day, doing whatever it is that makes you truly happy, refreshed and energized. This was my second Mother’s Day ever, and it was full of family, love, laughter and good food. A typical Sunday for us starts out with our wonderful church in Richmond, IN. Though it isn’t a registered ARC church, it does follow the same principals, the same structure, and even receives assistance from other ARC churches and the corporate office. I say that just to give you an idea of what “kind” of church we attend – as there…