• 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…

  • 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,  Family,  Parenting

    Teaching Moments

    “Lucas, can you please pick up your toys before dinner?” (Me) “No. I don’t want to.” (Lucas) “Lucas, that isn’t how you answer Mommy. You say, ‘Yes, Mommy.’ And then you are obedient and do it.” (Me) “No! I don’t want to.” (Lucas) “That is being disobedient. You are not listening to me, and that is not how you respond. Now you are getting a consequence.” (Me) “NO!! Okay, I’ll do it.” (Lucas) “I’m glad you are doing it, but you are still getting the consequence for being disobedient. When Mommy tells you to do something, you need to listen and obey, and you need to do it with a…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Prayer

    Joy Set Before You

    Have you ever pondered how Jesus could walk towards the cross and still find joy? I can’t even imagine everything that must have been going through his head as he walked out those final days. Christ was begging the Father to forgive those who were persecuting him, in real time, as it was unfolding. Could you maintain that mindset while people spit on you? Throw rocks at you? Nail you to a cross? He could have easily pled with the Father to not fulfill the Great Commission, but he wanted each of us so badly, he found joy in what was to come!     Hebrews 12:1-2 says “And let…

  • 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…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Fear,  Loss,  Motherhood

    Finding the Overflow

    How many times has your mind jumped to the worst possible solution when a problem arises? You notice pain in your stomach, and your first instinct is to go to Google, and it convinces you that you have some sort of cancer or major ailment? When your child wakes up with a fever, does your mind instantly go to the fact that they have the most rare form of an infection or virus? Or you look down and see you’ve missed a call from your boss, and your mind automatically goes to the fact that you must be in trouble for something? If I’m being honest, this is me like…

  • 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…