Being Brave

Being brave for me is conditional. It’s conditional as I intellectualize whatever has my heart seeking to be brave and if I can’t make it fit within the parameters of my control, most times I don’t step forward. I wish it weren’t this way. I wish I would always step forward to being brave, but…

The Reminder of Grace

“Mom, is it hard for you when you see her?” My daughter asked one day while we were checking out at the grocery store. We had run into someone who was hurt years ago by a childish prank executed by hormonal freshman girls. I responded to my daughter by saying “No, I’m reminded of her…

100% at Fault

Got the letter from my insurance company and read the words “driver of policy vehicle is 100% at fault.” And I was. It happened in a parking lot. I had gotten in my car after a doctor’s appointment and wanted to finish the book I was reading before I drove off. When I finished the…

Carrying Too Much

Five Secrets of a God Girl Here’s my basket of rocks that illustrate how I have been trying to carry too much. Too many burdens I was not meant or asked to carry. They are big and small and not mine. Why do I keep piling on the burdens I was not meant to carry?…

Psalm Sung Blue

Hope in Suffering “Oh, I’m so sad!” I told my husband who had just walked into the kitchen to Keurig his first cup of coffee one cold January morning. Naturally, and with a curiousness in his voice, he responded “Why are you sad? I replied, “I just finished reading the book of Psalms.” And without…

We Love to Selfie!

Cookie (our little granddaughter) got her mom’s camera and actually took a selfie!! What could make an 18 month old take a selfie? Obviously, she doesn’t know she took a selfie, she’s just obsessed with what that little computer in her hand is doing. Whether you like it our not, we (our culture) loves to…

Clouds In My Coffee

Making Your Spiritual Health a Priority The kitchen table became my pillow one day as I was so lethargic that I laid my head down and didn’t want to move. Thinking something was wrong with me, I headed to the doctor and the diagnosis was stress. My body was in constant fight or flight mode…

No More FOMO?

Fear. Of. Missing. Out. Do you have a fear of missing out? FO·MO/ˈfōmō/nounINFORMAL Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website. Dictionary.com 2018 Because of social media, FOMO is such a reality that in 2013, it was officially added to the…

Four Steps to Cultivating Faith

I have a mountain to move. Maybe you do to. My mountain is daunting and I feel paralyzed at times when I think about how I’m going to get up and over it. Maybe yours is daunting too. Your mountain may resemble mine or it may be something completely different. In fact, I may have…

Broken Love (Part Two)

As I took my dad to his final oncology appointment, I could sense the nervousness. I wanted the walls I had built up to fall and I wanted to be brave enough to love my dad as Jesus has loved me. Voskamp explains: “[be] brave enough to lay your heart out there to be broken,…