• 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,  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,  Family,  Fear,  Hope,  Motherhood,  Pain,  Parenting,  Prayer,  Stress

    The Mother of All Fear

    Fear. It’s a real icky four-letter word. We’ve all experienced it. We’ve all cowered under it. And we have all surely tried our best to overcome it. Dictionary.com defines fear as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.” I’d say that’s pretty accurate to what I’ve felt. And I can honestly say I’ve experienced a new depth of fear since becoming a mom. I wish I could say that I get these warm fuzzy feelings when I think about the birth of my little girl. Instead, I look back at it and feel the fear. When Charis came out, she…

  • Family,  Love,  Parenting

    “Just Carrots”

    I have often wondered, since becoming a parent, if God views us the way we view our own children. If you are a mother, I know you remember laying eyes on your child for the first time; the overwhelming love felt almost painful for me. Or when your child has a scraped knee and your parental kiss fixes the discomfort inexplicably. Or when your kid finally understands a math concept, you celebrate their victory with pure joy! Do you think God sees us this way? I have had a couple of experiences as a parent that posed the question of how God must feel about His children’s victories and falters.…

  • Faith,  Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Stress

    Treasure It!

    Motherhood is still pretty new to me. My sweet little Charis Anne is about 17 months old, and she does a great job of keeping me on my toes. I have genuinely loved every second of being a mom. It has changed me for the better, I believe. And one of the ways that I love most is the fact that I have a better understanding of the never-ending, unconditional, truly radical love God has for me. I feel like God is constantly giving me these revelations of who He is through my relationship with Charis. I have grown to love these moments and truly treasure the new and exciting revelations I…

  • Faith,  Family,  Hope,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    The Day the Devil Stole

    The day the devil stole wasn’t unlike most days. I suppose that’s how he sneaks into our thoughts, actions and our hearts. I yelled, I blamed, I was very impatient (even more than usual), I was angry, I was bored, I was overstimulated, I was over-touched, I was so grumpy, AND it was only 1 pm on a Wednesday. The only circumstance differing from my routine was my oldest daughter stayed home from school due to illness. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe my five-year-old had a one-time vomiting episode due to a coughing fit, so I decided to keep her home with me and her two-year-old sister.…