• letting go of perfection

    It’s Time To Let Go Of Parenting Perfection

    November 18, 2017

    Remember the book The Strong Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson?  I cried when I read that book … finally someone understood what I was going through with my first born, strong-willed child!  Not only did he understand, he gave me some applicable training tools.  Raising my strong-willed daughter was emotionally exhausting.  I never felt […]

  • breath of life

    When Panic Steals Our Breath, He Gives Us His

    November 8, 2017

    Have you ever been hit in the gut hard enough to have the wind knocked out of you?  I remember the first time it happened to me, I was playing on a swing set.  The details are cloudy however I remember jumping off the swing and landing on my knees.  The jarring motion caused the […]

  • harvest

    Harvesting Is Not About Fulfilling Your Wants

    October 25, 2017

    My husband woke me and asked if I’d pray … sitting in a dark hallway I listened and prayed as he paced back and forth on the phone.  “Brother, I believe Jesus took away our sin and died on the cross so we could be with him …” his words shook as he spoke about […]

  • transition

    Revealing the Colors of Grace in Transition

    October 18, 2017

    Viewing the changing leaves has always been my favorite part of the Autumn season.  Fields of trees erupt with colors as if coming alive! For a few brief climatic weeks, Autumn is seen as one of beauty and change that introduces us to a season of resting and dormancy.  I’ve seen the change every year, […]

  • ladders

    Finding Perspective in Failed Success

    October 10, 2017

    Leaning against the wall in my living room is a weathered grey ladder.  Years ago, this ladder was used to climb onto an elevated platform.  It connected the ordinary to wondrous sights and imagination.  This ladder saw many climbers and helped boost children and adults into higher perspectives.  When the platform was taken down, I decided the ladder should […]

  • a moment

    A Moment To Breathe

    September 29, 2017

    I am the Goldilocks of devotions.  A devotion, for me, has to be just right. Not too long, not too short.  It has to relate to me and must speak directly to situations in my life.  When I read a devotional, I want it to stay with me throughout the day.  I want it to […]

  • finding friends

    Moving On From A Failed Friendship

    September 26, 2017

    My friend and I would talk for hours.  We’d share our struggles and confront our feelings.  She was the one who validated my pain by nodding an “I understand” from a similar experience.  I was the one who listened and gave a shoulder to lean on when life pressed hard.  Together, we’d navigate through struggles and […]

  • liar

    God, I Look Like A Liar

    September 20, 2017

    The sun hadn’t risen, yet I knew it to be early morning.  The pain in my head woke me.  “Why these damn headaches?”  I laid there asking Father, not from a questioning heart, more like a complaining heart.  Maybe I can sleep through it. I shift by body and fight for comfort.  Feeling my eyebrows […]

  • grace upon grace

    Grace Upon Grace ~ A Marriage InterVIEW With Mike & Meagan

    September 6, 2017

    Some people have anniversary dates for everything!  First date, first kiss, first …. you name it!  Meanwhile, where did I put our wedding album?  Was it the 6th or the 7th that we tied the knot? …  Oh, the shame.  You’d think after 20 years, I’d have it down by now.   I know couples […]

  • Rose

    September’s Featured Batik, Rose

    August 31, 2017

    The music we listen on repeat; takes us to a time, past or present, where we’ve felt more than we could say.  Music reminds us of who we are; reminds us of a passion or a pain … lyrics and melody create a picture in our mind of what we feel.   What good is a […]

  • inspiration for your mountain

    Inspiration for Your Mountain

    August 22, 2017

    The mountains set before you, they’re yours to conquer.  You climb for growth and perspective, and more than that, you climb because something inside you tells you to.  Your purpose pulls you. Some days you walk, other days you run.  Then there are days you rest quietly.  No matter the choice of action, you’ve kept going. […]

  • SAHM

    Dear Mom, You Have Influence For A Hurting World

    August 19, 2017

    Every morning I follow the worn path to my coffee pot … with robe and hair both tied messily, I climb the stairs to my office.  Before the house wakes and questions need answered, problems need solving and schooling requires focus … I rest in quiet, coffee savoring, peace.   I’m a stay at home […]