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

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

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

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

God · Marriage · Uncategorized

And the Two Shall Become One

Reading Time: 3 minutesAfter being married to the same person for 17 years, I am beginning to understand why marriage is so important to God, so sacred. In a world full of disposable relationships, ghosting and unfriending have become our go-to methods of relationship management. We pick people apart; god-breathed, beautiful, and fearfully made souls, discarding and shelving… Continue reading And the Two Shall Become One

God · Kids · Parenting · Uncategorized · Women

It’s a Girl

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen you wake up sun will shine. We will not go under any cloud. Let balloons go up in town, ring out every bell. Happy birthday, beautiful, all the birds of this day sing a song, sing a song. Dream of trains carrying you through the state parks with the cherry flowers. When you wake… Continue reading It’s a Girl

Dreams · Freedom · God · Hope · Social Issues · Uncategorized

You Have a Right to be Here

Reading Time: 2 minutes“The world could be fixed of its problems if every child understood the necessity of their existence.” Dwight D. Eisenhower Every single person on this planet has a right to be here. If you are alive, you have the right. If you are breathing, the right. If you have a pulse, you have that right.… Continue reading You Have a Right to be Here