Home For The Holidays: How To Untangle From The Mess

  Have you stood at the doorway, staring hard at the happy little wreath, under the shadow of the glimmering Christmas lights, hearing the laughter and jingle bells from the other side and hesitated. Taking a moment to breath in the joy now because you know by the end of the festivities you will be…

Six Easy Tips To Survive Online Dating

This dating thing is hard, especially online dating. I swear some days I feel like I’ve been chewed up and spit out and then left for dead in a big gobby mess. Even so, I’ve learned in order to meet new people, online dating can be a safe and even fun way to get myself…

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…

I Am Single: From Defeat to Destiny

I am single. I am single. I am single. I am single. *sigh* Sometimes I think if I say it enough times, the truth of my singlehood may finally sink in. For the past 6 years, I’ve been “renting space” in the land of singleness. I haven’t quite settled in, hung the pictures on my…

On Open Letter to the Single Mom

Dearest Solo, Going solo is a roller coaster, isn’t it? You may find yourself crying behind the bathroom door, shut away so your children won’t see your tears. Sometimes, you sit through jam sessions with your married friends and rejoice you haven’t lost a wink of sleep because you don’t share a bed with a…

Raw: Finding Rest When I’m Running

Raw, unfiltered, unedited and often a bit icky, I am spilling my guts onto the table directly from the pages of my journal. Everyone has them (yucky guts), I just like to take them out, examine them, write about them, show them to God and then stuff them back in – hopefully a little more…

Prayer and the Single Life

Backpacks were set out and organized in preparation for another weekend at Dad’s. This routine was still new to all of us and the stabbing pain of leaving them at the doorstep and driving away never seemed to dissipate. My boys seemed so little in their beds. The anticipation of having to endure this event…

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…

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…