Encouragement · Healing · Hope

Fix Your Eyes Higher

Disappointment occupied a lot of real estate in my story. From broken homes to broken promises, it was as if the landscape of my life was destined for devastation. Disappointment has a funny way of influencing behavior and impacting perspective. After experiencing unmet expectations, I realized that I no longer enjoyed the ordinary moments in…… Continue reading Fix Your Eyes Higher

Encouragement · Hope · SowKind Movement

The Unveiling of a Birthday Surprise

Early in life, I equated being good and right with being lovable. The result was to stuff a world of ideas and dreams deep within because it prevented me from being disappointed–which felt wrong somehow. A skewed perspective, compounded with trauma, kept a tight grip on me for many years. Fear routinely drove my decision…… Continue reading The Unveiling of a Birthday Surprise

Encouragement · Hope

Better Things Ahead: Quote, Graphic, and Reflection

While I do not know exactly where my fear was born, discovering it, acknowledging it, and stepping through it was necessary to extinguish it. Fear can stymie faith and fan doubt into flame. No matter how you frame the experiences of life, it is important to assess your fears. Measure the validity of the fear,…… Continue reading Better Things Ahead: Quote, Graphic, and Reflection

Encouragement · Faith · wisdom

The Power of the Stare

The Greek word for fix, used in this scripture, means to look away from all else. In other words, to trust Jesus as the supplier of all our needs means we will stop turning to false substitutes. My dog knows what she wants, but she also knows who will help her with what she wants. When she wants eggs, she doesn’t go to my bathroom and stare at the bathtub. She stays in close proximity to the one she knows can deliver the eggs to her bowl. Her attention is affixed; her expectations are high. Oh that we might be like my dog! I know that is a strange statement, but I am here for it. I want to keep my attention fixed on the One I know can help. The substitutes always leave me empty.

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Monday Mood in Emojis: Free Download

Let’s start Summer BREAK with a fun download! First, are you the type of person who can communicate using only emojis? It seems you either love an emoji or not. If there is middle ground, it is yet to be discovered! I love to respond with emojis. Considering I am often criticized for my lack…… Continue reading Monday Mood in Emojis: Free Download

Community · Encouragement · wisdom

There is Room at the Table

The table has meant so many things to me over the course of my life, but especially over the last year. The conversations and connections around a meal are invaluable. Twenty-twenty provided an opportunity to strengthen my resolve about the value of connection. Learning how to set a virtual table [for my students, strangers, and…… Continue reading There is Room at the Table

Encouragement · Hope · Sow Kind · wisdom

Mother’s Day Experiences

Mother’s Day evokes a wide spectrum of emotions–from deep satisfaction to inexplicable sorrow. For as many mothers there are in the world, there are that many varieties of experiences with a mother and as a mother. While I never imagined I would be a mother [for fear of not being a good one], I cannot…… Continue reading Mother’s Day Experiences

Encouragement · wisdom

Moving Beyond Fringe-ships

Relationships are both work and reward. Without the work {which often consists of a mix of vulnerability and humility}, the reward of growing deeper in love and compassion is often missed, but sometimes the cost of the work appears greater than the reward. I have experienced a lot of “fringe-ships” over the years. I’m generally…… Continue reading Moving Beyond Fringe-ships

Encouragement · Hope · wisdom

Just Below the Surface

Although I was born and raised in Illinois, I moved to Texas to complete my student teaching experience. It felt like a study abroad opportunity, but it carried a smaller price tag. I expected tumble weeds, cowboys, and lots of wide-open spaces. While I wish I could tell you I am exaggerating, I most certainly…… Continue reading Just Below the Surface

Encouragement · Faith · Hope · wisdom

Bent Low to Stand Tall: An Easter Reflection

Sometimes an unexpected storm becomes fertile soil for insight and breakthrough. Although we were on Spring Break, we knew it was a distinct possibility. Looking at the surprise of the morning, a blanket of white covered the terrain for as far as the eye could see. Boundaries once created with the silhouette of hedges, were…… Continue reading Bent Low to Stand Tall: An Easter Reflection