Two Words That Change Everything

So much of our time is filled with reaching, striving, working, decisions made harder because we want to do it right and not fail – at anything. Why, though? Why would failure or falling down be so bad? Because it would mess up who I think I am, how I define myself and more importantly…

Gods Gift

*I’m so excited to be hosting this incredibly talented guest blogger. I have the pleasure of knowing Tillie through a group I lead at the Community Uplift Partnership called “Women of Worth.” In a recent conversation about what we love to do, Tillie mentioned a collection of poems she’d written. Her writing is real, masterful and…

FAILURE: Ugh!

Nobody likes to fail, to let others down and disappoint. Especially a person like me who’s especially prone to people pleasing and perfectionism. I have this faulty device in me that says, “If I fail, I am not good enough and therefore, undeserving of love.” Not sure exactly where this comes from, but it’s there…

Raw – When Striving Rests

*Authors Note: Sometimes during my quiet time, I read through previous journal entries. I found this prayer I wrote a month ago and it still resonated so deeply again today that I thought to share it with you in it’s true, raw form. No edits, no fluffing, just raw.   Heavenly Father, you set me…

I Used To Think I Was Normal…Until THIS Happened

Are you normal? What makes you think so? Have you ever gone merrily along thinking you are the most normal person you know? You’ve got it all pretty together; if only people like you ruled the world… everything would be perfect. In your inner musings, you witness the utter horror of everyone else’s behavior and…

Ebenezer: On This Place I Will Remember

I have a place I go, once a year, every year. I’ve been coming here for 6 years. Each and every time I step foot into this place, Jesus shows up and meets me here. We cry together, laugh together, grow together, fight battles together and rejoice in each other.  We call this place “Women’s…

What Every Divorced Parent Needs to Know About Starting Over

Two years ago I made a life changing announcement. Two years post-divorce, I announced I would commit to a year of no dating; a sabbatical, if you will. “WHY?” you ask. Why on earth would you take yourself off the market? I guess the best answer I can give is I wasn’t really my best…

No Turning Back

As he turned the corner and out of sight, I knew his first solo journey home from school would be marked in my memory forever. He’s declared his independence. I can never reverse my decision and he can never be little…ever again. There’s no turning back. Isn’t the same true for me? Once I’ve proclaimed…

The Empty Space

What exactly does “extraordinary” look like? Routine often drowns out the extraordinary. When everything is exactly as it has always been, dreams of more can fade quietly into the background. In order for life to become extraordinary, something has to change. Maybe everything. Staying safely cocooned puts us in danger of never seeing the other…

Hope Comes On Wings

The first day of summer, my biggest was just out of Kindergarten and my littlest had just turned 3. A warm breeze was drifting by, the sun was on our faces and for the first time in a while I was at peace. We needed this day, many days for the past two years were…

Stuck

Benin, Africa is a beautiful place. On a recent trip, my team and I traveled all over the country side – also known as the bush – delivering books about God to schools. When I say “traveled” what I really mean is, we “jeeped.” We were “jeeping” in the bush. Where I come from, “jeeping”…

That Time The Ex Found My Blog

After all this time… Writing about the impact divorce has had on me, my boys and mostly my healing. Writing about the hurts and the pains. Writing about the victories and joy. I never, ever imagined it would be read by the very one who made so many words tumble onto the keyboard. I’ve known…