What My Son Taught Me About Grace

His solemn, steel blue eyes softened and slowly began to light up as he listened attentively to my heartfelt apology for raising my voice in frustration yet again. I find myself in this position often–repeatedly asking for forgiveness for losing my cool. I could give all sorts of excuses: I’m a good person just having a bad day. I didn’t mean …

3 Steps To Your Own Happily Ever After

There I was, just an innocent, unsuspecting movie goer with Reese’s pieces in one hand and a Cherry Coke in the other ready to laugh at the oh-so-cute puppy, Marley, in Marley and Me. Never would I have thought that those adorable previews were all just a BIG FAT LIE. *spoiler alert* As I blubbered uncontrollably, smearing mascara across my face …

Becoming a God-Sized Dreamer

When I read Holley Gerth’s devotional book “Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream,” I knew it was time to stop sitting on the sidelines of my own God-sized dreams and finally get in the game. I have always been my own worst critic. I love to write but never thought I was good enough to pursue any kind of …

Why I Said Goodbye to Self-Confidence

It cuts deeper than any wound inflicting knife—that feeling of insecurity and doubt that whispers screams, “You can’t do this! You aren’t good enough!” And all the well-meaning guidance counselors and life coaches come swooping in with pats on the back and hardy “go-get-ums,” proclaiming all the reasons why you CAN do anything you put your mind to. But let’s …

How To Become the Ultimate Prayer Warrior

Sometimes I have to ask myself why my prayer life seems to only thrive when everything goes wrong—you know, times like when my children are sick and pitifully sobbing while wiping the oozing snot from their noses across my bare arm; or when my two-year-old’s very best friend, puppy, goes missing and a mental breakdown ensues (me, not my child); …

So You Think You Are #blessed

Sometimes, out of curiosity, I will do a search on popular hashtags on Twitter and Instagram just to see what comes up. One hashtag I searched was #blessed, and, let me tell you, it was quite interesting what I found. According to the hashtags on social media, you are #blessed when you receive a raise at work or find a …

My Own Worst Frenemy

I am the poster child of worry. Really, I am. Worry loves me. In fact, we have slumber parties all of the time. You know, the kind where you stay up all night telling scary stories and watching the sunrise together. We are that “close.” Our relationship is complicated though. You see, I actually despise worry, but you wouldn’t know …

Christmas, Tractors, and the True Reason For the Season

“What is Christmas all about?” I asked my oldest son, wondering all the while what answer he would spout back. You might think since he is a four-year-old, he would say something like presents or Christmas lights or maybe even Jesus—every Christian parent hopes, anyway. But what does my little one think Christmas is all about? He confidently responded with …

More Than a Reflection

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see bags under tired eyes from rowdy children keeping you up most of the night, hair in desperate need of a cut or really just a brush, and two-day-old mascara smeared across half of your face? Or is that just me? Sigh Now, that the holidays are upon …