Bible · God

The Tyranny of Should Vs The Rule of Shall

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis sign hangs in my kitchen, strategically near the coffee maker. My brother gave it to me years ago as a birthday present. I love it because it makes me laugh, and I think of him every time I look at it. My brother and I both share the same oddball sense of humor, as… Continue reading The Tyranny of Should Vs The Rule of Shall

Anxiety · God · Uncategorized

Losing Control

Reading Time: 3 minutesIs your life exactly how you imagined or hoped it would be? If it is, I want to know your secret! Or you are Oprah or Tony Robbins, in which case, HOLY CRAP OPRAH AND TONY ROBBINS READ MY BLOG!!! I’ll be honest, my life doesn’t look anything like I had imagined it would. Part… Continue reading Losing Control

Freedom · Hope · Kids · Politics · Social Issues · Uncategorized

Election Day

Reading Time: 3 minutesToday is the day we choose who will lead our country into the future for the next four years. Many of us have agonized over this decision. I am not alone when I say that I will be happy when the decision is finally made, regardless of the outcome, and this election that has so… Continue reading Election Day

Anxiety · Bible · Dreams · God · Hope · Uncategorized

Misplaced Hope

Reading Time: 3 minutes“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12, NLT Have you ever been so disappointed by life that you have felt physically ill? Have you ever felt so let down, so disgusted by the cards that life has dealt you that you felt like giving up… Continue reading Misplaced Hope

Friends · God · Marriage · Mental Health · seasons · Uncategorized

Steadfast

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe word that keeps rolling around my brain these days, the one that means the most to me when it comes to describing God’s character, is steadfast. In my times of meditation and quiet before God, this is the facet of His character that shines through. It means: stead·fast ˈstedˌfast/ adjective resolutely or dutifully firm… Continue reading Steadfast

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted

Reading Time: 1 minuteI just googled How to Live With a Broken Heart. A few years ago, I would have googled How to Recover from a Broken Heart. Or How to Bounce Back. How to Overcome. Basically, How to Get Over It Already. But now I am not so sure we are meant to “Get Over it.” Disappointment,… Continue reading What Becomes of the Broken Hearted

Anxiety · God · Grief · Mental Health · Therapy · Uncategorized

When You’re a Fighter, Not a Lover

Reading Time: 5 minutesI love Shauna Niequist. Maybe in a kind of stalker-ish way. I adore her writing and her recipes. I am a huge fan of her dad, Bill Hybels, her mother Lynne, and the amazing ministry they have accomplished all together at Willow Creek. Their family truly inspires me. I have seen Bill talk 3 times… Continue reading When You’re a Fighter, Not a Lover

Dreams · Friends · God · Uncategorized

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Reading Time: 3 minutesBeautiful, happy tulips on display at Biltmore. Lord, why couldn’t I be planted at Biltmore?   I currently reside in a small town in Georgia. And by small, I mean the population is less than 15,000. My husband and I have lived here for almost 13 years. It’s the longest I have ever lived in… Continue reading Bloom Where You’re Planted

Mental Health · Therapy · Uncategorized · Writing

Why write?

Reading Time: 3 minutesI often wonder what compels me to cut open my veins and bleed all over this keyboard that sits in front of me. I apologize for that graphic image. But for those of you who are acquainted with the metaphor, often attributed to Ernest Hemingway, you know that I am talking about the craft of… Continue reading Why write?

Anxiety · Depression · Freedom · God · Grief · Hope · Uncategorized

Finding Joy in the Mourning

Reading Time: 3 minutesThere is something about heartbreak that teaches us more about love, than love alone ever can. There is something about living in darkness that makes us long for light. There is something about being lied to that makes the truth, once we hear it, that much clearer. There is something about living in bondage that… Continue reading Finding Joy in the Mourning