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“If God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must want us to do it.” | Pollyanna I love the movie, Pollyanna. Pollyanna’s example of trying to find the good in people and in situations is a character quality that we should aspire to replicate.  Her joyful […]

The Glad Game

Part 2 of a 2 Part Series Check out Part 1 of this series to catch the first part of Kelley’s Story in her journey of looking back to move forward. As I sang along to the song “oceans” on each Sunday that fall, I began to pray and ask the Lord to make its […]

Look Back To Move Forward-Part II

Part 1 of a 2 Part Series Last week, my husband lost a job which he had essentially worked to attain since he was 15 years old.  A chef by trade, last June, my husband was offered a position as the Assistant General Manager over Food and Beverage at a large hotel in our area.  […]

Look Back To Move Forward-Part I

He is Risen, He is Risen indeed! From pastel-colored cards to embroidered stuffed animals to home decorations and yard signs, we see this phrase often during this season. But, what is the significance? Why is this what we celebrate? And as we think of the song, Goodness of God by Bethel we hear the words…”His […]

Goodness of God: Celebrate the Resurrection!

As Easter approaches and we think about Jesus’ death and resurrection, I’ve been reading through the new testament accounts of His death so that I will have an awareness and thankfulness during this season of celebration.  When you think of a celebration the first thing to come to mind isn’t usually death, but as I’ve […]

Thankful Christ Died for Me

The windows on our house are double-paned and slightly older than I am. This means they are a double-pain to clean as you have to dismantle them like one of those brainteaser puzzles they sell at Cracker Barrel. My favorite spot to sit in our house is in a vintage, velvet gold chair nestled next […]

Double-Pain Cleaning

The Corona Quarantine of 2020 might have you feeling as if you are imprisoned, locked down, or chained to your home and unable to leave and live freely as you normally do. Your food options may be more limited. Contact with other people has been diminished and almost limited to strictly communicating via technology. The […]

A Biblical Plan During The Pandemic

Life as we’ve known it has changed in a big way in just a few short days. I’ve seen an abundance of positive social media posts aimed at getting people to look at the bright side, keep the faith, laugh, make the most of it, and on and on. I am so grateful for these […]

The Mourning After

A couple of years ago we loaded up our 3-year-old and 15-month old into our homemade camper van. Do not picture the trendy kind of van you can stand up in and cook breakfast barefoot while admiring a mountain top view. Picture the type of van parents warn their children not to go to for […]

Finding Joy In The Pandemic

I previously shared about Handling Confrontation With A Sister In Christ. Now I’d like to share my personal experience. A few years ago, after a ladies Bible study meeting, I sent out a group text to the older/leader women on my thoughts of how the evening had gone. I urged a couple of them to […]

The Hard Way is The Better Way

I had a steaming cup of coffee warming my hands while I sat and watched little fat squirrels chasing each other through the canopy of trees in our backyard. Almost all of the leaves had dropped creating a thick layer over the grass. The sun had not been up long enough to melt the delicate […]

A New Leaf For The New Year

While continuing in a long season of infertility and loss, I decided I would read the gospel of Luke last December leading up to Christmas. The first chapter started with not one, but two miraculous pregnancies that were promised by God to Mary (Jesus) and Elizabeth (John the Baptist). Simultaneously, I happened to be reading […]

Infertile on Christmas

We had been married for about eight years and finally settled into that comfortable rhythm that only experienced couples can manage. It was Easter Sunday. After church, we had lunch at his parent’s house before heading home for family nap time. The warm April sun was flowing through the double glass of the back porch […]

Suicide Is My Story, Assurance Is My Song

I recently took my kids on an epic nine-day, 3100-mile road trip out West across Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. I am what you would call the “outdoorsy type,” and I am admittedly fascinated with the beauty found in Creation around us. I often marvel at how stunning it is, even though it’s in […]

God’s Glorious Wrath

A young friend on FB explored the question of why Millennials are leaving the Faith. Perhaps we should ask what makes young adults choose to keep the Faith in which they were raised.

Will My Children Keep The Faith?

Part 2 of a 2 Part Series In Part One of this series, we covered how to get our minds right – five attributes of the mind-set we need to help us understand the Bible, and therefore, defeat the dust that sets up shop when we avoid opening God’s word. Now that we have our […]

Your Bible: Defeat the Dust – Part II

Part 1 of a 2 Part Series Does your Bible have a layer of dust that menacingly stares you down every time you walk past it? Do the dust bunnies have teeth and taunt you when you think of reading it? You just might be in that small percentage of the population who suffer from […]

Your Bible: Defeat the Dust – Part I

My toddler, completely enthralled, was watching his dad clip his toenails and asked: “Do I eat toenails dad?” My husband and I both laughed (after my gag reflex subsided) at this question and let him know that it’s not a good idea to eat toenails. My son’s latest trend is to ask if he can […]

Putting Good Things Into Your Body

I’m not sure where I picked up the idea of ‘being good’ so that God would love me. The concept seemed to just make sense to me as a young child, but it has managed to stick around in my mind since those early days so long ago. I grew up in a church that […]

Can God Love ME?

…But Jesus said, “My Father has never stopped working, and this is why I keep on working.” John 5:17 BSB The words of Jesus in this verse ring through my mind often, leaving me asking myself the question, am I at work? I have a great tendency to procrastinate especially on important matters, so this […]

Are You At Work?

Nearly 25 years ago, when I was 15, my Mom asked one of my favorite people, to this day, to please come and talk with me (aka ‘fix me’). I was living a life that those who didn’t know me then would never believe. It doesn’t get a whole lot worse than the path I’d […]

The Talk That Changed My Life

As a child, I remember thinking my mom knew everything, could fix anything and had the softest skin in the world. I thought being a mother was something she had always known how to do. It wasn’t until I became a mother myself that I started considering how no one is an expert. Everyone is […]

A Gift For Mamas

In 2010 when my husband and I moved back to where we grew up I had a very difficult time acclimating back to small-town living. I had just given birth to our fourth child 2 months prior and we were temporarily living with my parents… we had made an offer on three different houses and […]

Remember To Count

…But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect… 1 Peter 3:15 NIV

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