Can I Have This Dance?

Digging deep into the crevices of my bag, I prayed to find any morsel with which to appease the hunger pangs of my over-stimulated, worn out toddler. The museum was crowded. The day was long. My time was up and the bag supplied nothing. Not even a half-eaten granola bar or a couple sticky fruit…… Continue reading Can I Have This Dance?

A Fearful Follower

  Down she went into the hole. My 13-year old daughter disappeared from view. Heart pounding I climbed down after her. Darkness took over. Bumps and shouts slammed my ears as I crawled through the tunnel. “Shelby!?” “Come on, Mom!” The sound of her voice faded into the distance. My breathing quickened as I questioned…… Continue reading A Fearful Follower

On the Other Side of Pain

Wave after wave of excruciating labor coursed through her body. When the insides of a woman begin to cramp and push, there is an intensity and purpose which will not be hindered. Lack of control over what is happening in her can lead to despair. From the depths of her being my daughter summoned the…… Continue reading On the Other Side of Pain

Make Mine Almond with Honey, Cream, and a Side of Quiet

Have you ever wanted to run away? Not permanently – just for a couple hours or days … okay, let’s be honest … a couple months. When the kids were little and the house was boisterous I had a recurring fantasy. I would go someplace pretty and quiet. The quaint cottage where I would stay…… Continue reading Make Mine Almond with Honey, Cream, and a Side of Quiet

Of Impostors and Moments and Living Truth

I was in the dairy section at the grocery store when a man next to me reached for sour cream and said, “So, how ‘bout them Chiefs?” Looking around I realized he is talking to me. “Uhh …,” and I made a vague comment as I moved on to the cottage cheese. So did he.…… Continue reading Of Impostors and Moments and Living Truth

How to Impress God

Some days it’s just so hard to focus. Confusion sets in when things don’t go the way I think they ought. Consistent change is slow coming. Old behavior patterns rear their ugly heads. What follows are the effects of stress: the extremes of lack of appetite or binge eating, insomnia, little-to-no motivation for daily tasks,…… Continue reading How to Impress God

Hope for a Happy Marriage

There’s a popular notion out there that God’s design for marriage is not our happiness, but to make us more like Jesus. I have read articles and book summaries stating that our loving Father isn’t at all concerned if we are happy in marriage. We need to stick it out no matter what, confess our…… Continue reading Hope for a Happy Marriage

Soul Whisperer

Have you ever wanted to run away? Yeah, me, too. There can be days and times when running seems the only viable solution. But, I have found that when I most feel like running is when I most need to stand. The kids are crazy. The house is a disaster. The marriage is broken. The job…… Continue reading Soul Whisperer

When Someone’s Life is on Hold

The following is an entry straight from the pages of my journal scrawled during one of the dark times. My heart is pounding at the thought of clicking “Publish.” It’s raw. A peek into the pit. This is what it looks like when your life is on hold and it’s not a pretty picture, but…… Continue reading When Someone’s Life is on Hold

Victory Song for the Hard Day

Fair warning … this post is a mini-Bible study. 🙂 You know that moment when you read a familiar passage of scripture and a verse leaps off the page and smacks you in the face? Look at me now! Psalm 46 starts with the verses familiar to many of us because it was set to music.…… Continue reading Victory Song for the Hard Day