• 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,  Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    It Won’t Be Like This For Long

    There are a lot of things that can be used to test our patience. Am I right? Just take a minute to think about it, and then stand back as the floodgate of examples in your life pours down on you. Right now, I am living in the land of toddlerdom, where I am crusading in unfamiliar territory on the daily, the tantrums come by the hour, and the lessons in patience come by the minute. I’m sure you have heard all of the familiar maxims: “The days go slow, but the years go fast.” “It will only be like this for a short time.” “You can do anything for…

  • 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.…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Pain,  Prayer

    Beautifully Broken

        “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV   The end-of-the-year holiday seasons have always been a time of reflection for me. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this year is no exception! My son, Maddox, is in North Carolina with his Dad and soon-to-be stepmom and step-brothers. As I sit by myself, in a paradox of simultaneous renewal and restlessness, I am struck by the irony of life. I am 39 years old, slightly more than four months away from the Big 4-0, and my life looks NOTHING…

  • Faith,  Family,  Hope,  Love,  Prayer

    “I’m Already Home”

    “Home,” a simple four-letter word. Yet, the definition can be quite extensive. The first definition of home on Dictonary.com is as follows: A noun; the place where one lives permanently; especially as a member of a family or household. I fully acknowledge that the word “home” may have a negative connotation for some while it creates a warm, fuzzy feeling for others. If you have struggled with an unfortunate home life, please stick with me for a minute! For me, the meaning of home has evolved over the years. I was born in Missouri. I had an awesome childhood on a 40-acre farm. My grandparents were all a 30-minute drive…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Prayer

    The Revolving Door

    While there are things in life that will only be singular events, there are many more that seem to be on a revolving door. At least, I have found this to be true for me. Something quite recently that I have been reliving again is this whole “waiting for answers” scenario. As if just waiting on one answer weren’t enough, this time around, my husband and I are anxiously waiting to get answers on multiple BIG situations—a possible job opportunity, medical results for a child, more medical results on our other child, our housing situation—the list has really gotten pretty extensive. I always feel like once the “waiting period” for…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Pain

    Finding Freedom In The Ashes

    There I was, sitting at a bonfire surrounded by a few girlfriends—all sharing a portion of our story. This week’s topic was forgiveness—or maybe a better title was “unforgiveness”! I had already committed in my head that tonight would be the night! I had come to the realization that I wasn’t hurting anyone but myself by holding on and not forgiving. I was drinking the poison but expecting all those who hurt me to feel the effects.   And finally, it hit me; what was I missing out on in the story God had written for me by being stuck and unable to move forward? I was missing the anticipation…

  • Faith,  Fear,  Hope

    WAIT…What?!?

    Do you ever have those moments in life where you feel like you are headed in a specific direction, but you are still walking around feeling unsure of each step? Do you ever feel like you take a couple of steps forward with confidence and trust, just to find yourself sliding back into the chains of doubt and discouragement? For me, I’m finding that faith is kind of like stepping into the future blindfolded! On the one hand, you know that you are in good hands and that God IS good! You have seen His provision firsthand and felt His protection in times of trouble. You can look back on…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Prayer

    You Knew Where I Left Me

    Have you ever been in worship and have a song just reach down to the depths of your soul and touch you? Like God was speaking those words right to you in such a sweet and intimate way? And then the next thing you know, you are a sobbing mess? I have had this happen to me many, many times, but this last one was paramount. This song, this moment somehow had taken all the brokenness, emotions, tears, and pain I had felt for the past year and put it all to words. Almost like I could have written this song…but I hadn’t. (’Cause, let’s face it, I do not…

  • Blog,  Divorce,  Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Loss,  Parenting

    Good Grief: Finding Hope At The End Of my Rope…

    As I sit in the cool night air, I am struck by the peace and calm of the insects singing all around me. This night seems to be in stark contrast to many of the nights that appeared to repeat in slight variations over the years. Grief is funny that way, and though I tried my best to ignore it both growing up and as an adult, the sadness of stolen moments just wouldn’t let me go. I know that every human being who has lived any significant amount of time will have experienced grief at some point. It always fascinates me how some people seem to heal quickly with…