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…

Birthday Wishes

On my birthday every year, I have a few birthday wishes. High in the sky dreams I hope to receive or accomplish. After reading about Mary Ingalls and her birthday wishes this week, I couldn’t help but think about Jesus. Did Jesus have birthday wishes when he lived on earth? Does He have them now…

Love From The Start

As Christmas inches closer, love is on my mind. Not my love of pine branches in our living room complete with twinkling lights and glass balls. Not how much I love watching my favorite movie of the season—White Christmas—for the umpteenth time. Not the cranberry tea pot with liquid love simmering on the stove. It’s…

Questioning God

I’ve been reading through the Psalms for months now. One song a day—sometimes lament and sometimes praise. The honest pleadings of real people, with real problems, it’s just what my heart needs. It gives me permission to feel all the feels, to voice all the questions stirring in my soul, and cry all the tears…

The Purpose Of Pain

Pain comes in many different forms. It comes with broken ribs and broken hearts feel it too. Physical pain is the most obvious, but not always the most impactful to our souls. Our emotional selves battle a whole world of problems that outweigh the physical any day. As some of you know, I’m home under…

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