Christian Living

When Life Feels Like an Unbalanced Load

I stood at the stove cooking bacon when a familiar rattle interrupted my thoughts. I had thrown my coverlet in the washer just a few minutes prior to firing up the stove, and the sound alerted me to something I knew to be a real possibility when washing the over-sized blanket.   The screen on…… Continue reading When Life Feels Like an Unbalanced Load

Encouragement · Hope

Remember When “Your Mom” Was Your Best Comeback?

“Your mom” was a defensive phrase commonly used back in the day. It served to push back any further treading on one’s pride or feelings. Two words without much bite. Often, it was my only comeback, and I’m kind of wishing it could make a comeback. Strange thing to say, I know. But…if that was the meanest thing that…… Continue reading Remember When “Your Mom” Was Your Best Comeback?

Christian Living · Faith · Healing

Giving out of Excess Isn’t Equivalent to Sacrifice

We gathered in a circle to pray over the women that would be the recipients of the piles of donations collected.  Purses, shoes, sweaters, belts, and toiletries filled the space around us. The prayers offered were thoughtful and heartfelt, but as the time of prayer tarried, I had a growing conviction. While I could hear…… Continue reading Giving out of Excess Isn’t Equivalent to Sacrifice

Encouragement · Faith · Hope

The Sadness: Guest Post by Courtney

Meet Courtney. She’s a fellow For the Love book launch team member and new friend. You can see more of the work she’s doing at https://courtneythrash.wordpress.com/. Enjoy her post! About nine months ago, I began taking medication for anxiety and depression.  That’s scary to say.  If I squint, I can almost see the stereotypes and…… Continue reading The Sadness: Guest Post by Courtney

Faith · Grace · Hope

Broken, Leftover Pieces

I stared at the giant, broken Lego set and secretly hoped to find a way out of “repairing” it. Although I didn’t have a hand in its original creation, I previously performed emergency surgery. With this particular robot, or machine, or {who knows what it is}–parts just seemed to consistently fall off! So, I did…… Continue reading Broken, Leftover Pieces

Grace · Hope

A Beautifully-Rewarding Challenge

“Read the Bible in 90 days”, they said. “It’s going to be great,” they said. “Just read, don’t try to cross-reference,” they said. And I said, “are they crazy?” No, I said YES! Y’all-in order to read the Bible in 90 days-you have to read 12 pages a day. That seemed easy enough. Ha!  Reading…… Continue reading A Beautifully-Rewarding Challenge

Grace · Hope · Love

Moving Beyond Martyr

When traveling on an airplane with small children, the flight attendant reminds parents to place their own oxygen mask on before helping the children with theirs. They agree, but in reality do they really anticipate a need to follow her instructions? Maybe not. I would listen and agree-when I traveled with my children—but I never…… Continue reading Moving Beyond Martyr