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Who am I trying to please?

May 23, 2016
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The Weight of Pleasing People  I am a recovering People Pleaser. Yes, those were capital “P”s. When I say that I was a people pleaser, I am not saying that I moonlighted occasionally or let it be a part time gig. No, I was a tried and true, to the core of my being, people pleaser. For the majority of my life, I have let …

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When God is Enough

May 13, 2016
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  I know life is hard right now. I know you’re tired; that it has literally been months, or even years, since a full night’s sleep has been a regular thing. The bags under your eyes are as fixed and the stretch marks on your stomach. I know. I know you constantly feel the tension between the exhaustion, frustration, failure and the elation, joy, and …

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The Lion

May 4, 2016
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“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion. “I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill. “Then drink,” said the Lion… The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic. “Will you promise not to- do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill. “I make no promise,” said the Lion… “Do you eat girls?” she said. “I have swallowed up girls and boys, …

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Christ in Us..?

April 29, 2016
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I am one of those people that get’s completely stressed out placing my order at restaurants, especially if it’s one I don’t eat at often. No matter how much I’ve thought and planned and prepared, when the waiter looks at me, I have a moment of panic. Did I want Baja ranch, or fiesta ranch, or spicy ranch? Was it chicken fingers, nuggets, or tenders? …

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Who am I, God?

April 22, 2016
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The air was warm and a cool breeze stirred, ushering in the early spring night. Overhead, the sun was just starting to set, casting a pink hue on the world. My thoughts, however, were not as rosy. I walked alone that night; I had left my kiddos tucked in bed, my husband home to take care of them, and I walked… and walked… and prayed. …

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Bearing Each Other’s Burdens

April 14, 2016
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Have you ever seen one of those romantic comedies or reality shows where the guy proposes to the girl without even knowing what her answer is going to be?!?! Boggles my mind. Seriously, the… courage/tenacity/gall… gumption, maybe? Whatever it is that propels them forward and causes them to open themselves up in such a vulnerable way is completely baffling to me. When my husband proposed …

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The Burden of Shame

April 8, 2016
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I sinned the other day. Of course, I sin a lot, we all do, but this was a different sin. This was not one of my normal, go-to sins. It wasn’t like a little gossip or a tad bit of pride, it was an actual, real sin. The kind of sin that other people do; people who aren’t walking with the Lord, people who aren’t …

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Abide in Me

April 5, 2016
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There was once a time in my life when I had quiet times every day for an hour or longer. I soaked up the Word and had all the time I wanted to sit and be with God. Birds sang. Sweet smelling breezes filled the air. Cute little mice and other woodland creatures did the chores for me… I kid, I kid… about the animals; …

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Grace Upon Grace

April 1, 2016
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“You are under no obligation to God,” the speaker’s words rung out through the hotel ballroom. I was surrounded by women, all busily taking notes and listening with rapt attention, but I couldn’t get past that one statement. Without even really knowing why, I suddenly found myself very, very angry. “You are wrong!” I shouted at her in my head. Christ had died for us; …

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