Encouragement · Hope

Quarantine Chronicles 10.0

Are you confused or conflicted within the constraints of our current cultural climate? What started as an extended Spring Break has turned into a chaotic hibernation isolation. Entertaining doubt, exploring controversies, and engaging in heated debates have become the pillars of an ordinary day. Weary feels understated for the current condition of my soul. Layers…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 10.0

Encouragement · Letters from the Heart · Love

Dear Son, You Have My Permission

Gah. This letter still makes me cry. I wrote it two years ago when my oldest was approaching high school graduation. We used to meet once a week to have lunch to talk about the days ahead and anything else I was afraid I’d forgotten to teach him. More than all of that, I just…… Continue reading Dear Son, You Have My Permission

Encouragement · Love

Dear Daughter: Words to Live By

Dear Daughter, From your earliest days, you were marked for leadership. Your tenacity to master skills and complete tasks was unmatched. What I used to call independence, I now understand as leadership and determination. Your fierce loyalty to your favorite things [your blanket, stuffed animal, and sippy cup], was reflective of the passion that continues…… Continue reading Dear Daughter: Words to Live By

Encouragement · Healing · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

hIt was an unexpected statement that left a lasting impression. While pushing the grocery cart and collecting all the necessities, my two young children would engage in ordinary chit-chat. They would occasionally deviate from their conversation to beg for a bag of powdered doughnuts or candy. {Bless all the people that grocery shop with littles…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

Christian Living · Hope

Becoming Paul: Guest Post by Brianna

Brianna is a Speaker, Teacher, and Missionary as well as a part-time Writer, full-time Encourager, and a fellow For the Love book launch team member. She currently lives in Middle Tennessee with her husband of 12 years, Jason, busy being Mom to two spicy little boys and Bosa the Boxer. More of her writing can be…… Continue reading Becoming Paul: Guest Post by Brianna

Belief · Hope · Love

Generous Love: Disrupting a “Me” Centered Theology

Post-it Notes protrude from most of my books and notebooks {marking favorite quotes and things I want to return to again}. I place them for the sake of easy {future} retrieval–but–without a doubt, they eventually fall off. Have you noticed that? They transfer to the bottom of shoes, the elbows of sweaters, or to the dreaded “black-hole”…… Continue reading Generous Love: Disrupting a “Me” Centered Theology

Belief · Faith · Love

Just Ask

Her words suggested an elaborate plan. My mind flooded with caveats. If you have a pulse, you’ve noticed the extensive planning of proposals today. Our youth are inviting each other to homecoming, prom, on a date, etc. with big productions (posters presented in public places, signs that cover houses, etc.). My prom invitation, received in the…… Continue reading Just Ask

Faith · Hope · Love · Uncategorized

A Beautiful Distraction

Ordinarily–I try to sit close to the front to optimize my attention and minimize my distraction. On occasion-due to tardiness, or a full house-I don’t have the benefit of sitting close. This past weekend, as I climbed the steps of the bleachers, I just knew I would miss the message because I’d be “busy” watching pedestrians en route to the bathroom…or…… Continue reading A Beautiful Distraction

Grace · Hope · Love

Even Though

Even though…it’s my new favorite phrase.  When used as a conjunction, it strongly emphasizes the contrast between the two connecting phrases. My study last week revolved around the life, calling and promise of Abraham. He was called to go to a new land and then given the blessing of being the conduit of God’s blessing to all the people…… Continue reading Even Though

Grace · Hope · Love · Uncategorized

Five Minute Friday::Nothing

In the quiet place I recognize my empty hands…my weary heart…my dried up spirit. On my own, separate from the Lord, I have nothing. He substantiates me, redeems me, fills me, graces me and wildly loves me. My independent, stubborn heart likes to believe I have all I need–moreover, that I am all I need.…… Continue reading Five Minute Friday::Nothing