Serve God Serve Others

My first part-time job at The Plump Chicken was a lesson in humility. I didn't have much joy until I changed my perspective on what humility accomplishes in those who are willing to embrace it.

Fear or Faith

Is your toddler-turned-teenager still trying to work out the kinks? Yep, mine too. We are navigating strong opinions, icy glares, and disrespect. Raising a teenager requires faith, not fear.

Running Your Race

Have you ever been in full stride, working towards a goal, when something happened to stop you in your tracks? The races we run sometimes change without warning. It’s like God pulling a switch-a-roo and sending us in a new direction. Running the race of faith is full of surprises. My surprise came when a brain tumor showed up just thirteen days before I was to run a half marathon.

Out of the Loft

There’s nothing like a dose of hard work for someone else to realign our perspectives. As a mother, it’s as good as gold to see our children give up their time, and sometimes money, to serve people. I’ve had one of those golden months watching my kids work hard at my grandmother’s house. There’s a…

The Remedy

Prayer is medicine. A balm for our souls. It’s a cure for when pride and ungratefulness begin to rise up. For when unforgiveness has gone too far. Prayer can be a cry for help, an outpouring of thankfulness, a full disclosure of regret, a heart overflowing with devotion. More than anything it’s surrender. Admitting that…

It Begins With A Dream

Every worthwhile dream starts with a dreamer and January is the perfect time to kick off a new dream. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that our hearts are free to imagine something more, something different, something truer or purer. Moving out of our comfort zones or moving into what feels more…

When Heaves Comes Too Soon

Loss is always hard to bear. Always. Death is not a welcome visitor, even years later it gnaws at our emotions just thinking of the day. Thinking of our last interactions with a loved one, the last time we uttered the words, “I love you.” Heaven comes too soon it seems. Always too soon. My…

Believing A Lie

Does fear own you? Does is dictate how you live your life, what you do and don’t do? Does it keep you up at night replaying the what if’s of your day? Mary knew fear, and we do too. It seems to stem from outside sources, but real fear comes from within. Satan, the forerunner…

Hold Still And Listen

My husband is a great listener. I am amazed over and over again at the way he listens. To my nonstop ramblings, to our kiddos stories, to a team of high school soccer playing girls laughing and singing and dancing. Not me—it’s something I have to work at. When our pastor challenged us to read…

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