My Rescue From the Pit

I got stuck in a pit last week.  Yes, literally. My daughters are in gymnastics class, and my youngest, not quite old enough for the preschool class, is in the mom and tot class. Mom and tot gymnastics class with a two year old is, well, I’ll just say it, exhausting.  It may be the […]

Are You Bent Beneath Your Load?

“You are my light. You are my strength. You are my rock. On you I stand.” Tears filled my eyes as we sang those words in the Sunday morning worship service, but I choked them back and refused to let them fall- mainly because I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop if I started.  […]

How to Pursue the Life God Called You to Live

But you [woman] of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of faith. -1 Timothy 6:11 To pursue means to follow someone or something in order to catch or attack it. It is the same word commonly used to describe the action of enemies […]

Baby Steps (repost from Feb. 8, 2014)

In celebration of my blog’s 1st birthday, I have decided to re-post my very first post.  Through the last year, I have learned so much about blogging and writing, but my favorite thing about this journey is that God has continued to call me forward and spur me on, directing my steps one step at a […]

Rekindle Your Hope

  When did hopelessness sneak in?  How did I get there?  I have never been one to lose hope, yet there I was with this fog hanging over me and melancholy filling my soul. The lack of joy and peace in my days was a sure sign that I had indeed lost hope, but still […]

Should It Really Be This Hard?

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs; he wants to please his commanding officer.  Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.  The hardworking farmer should be […]

The Strength You Need for Those Really Tough Days

God is our refuge and strength,     an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way     and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam     and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3 Do you ever have those days or weeks, or seasons for that matter, where it seems […]

Facing the New Year with Hope 1

Hello Friends! This week I am featuring another guest blogger, Jennifer Buell.  When Jen and I met at the She Speaks Conference in North Carolina, she shared with me that she had recently lost her husband and has since been writing about how God has carried her and her four children through their grief.  God’s faithfulness is written all over her […]

A First Christmas with God With Us

It was my daughter Sydnee’s first Christmas, but nothing about her first Christmas, or her first year of life for that matter, had gone as I had planned. Like many mothers, I had high hopes and big expectations for baby’s first Christmas.   You know, for the simple things and delicate memories that mothers hold dear […]

How God Taught Me to Love My Neighbor

The sun began to peek through the hospital window that Saturday morning, and I thought to myself, this was not part of my plans for today.  As we waited for the doctor to do a GI scope on my husband, Schad, to remove a piece of steak that was lodged in his throat, I was […]