3 Things to Do While We Wait for God to Heal a Broken Heart

After my first c-section (I’ve had three), I was astonished when the nurses made me get out of bed less than 24 hours after I’d been lying on the operating table. I was sure that my insides might just fall out. Everything held together with dissolvable sutures that felt very fragile. It’s amazing to me…

Finding Truth in a Culture that Distorts Fact

In a time when society is trying to twist, turn, and stretch the meaning of the word fact, when I think of truth, the word “distortion” comes to mind. It’s also a time when I’m seeing the truth of God get distorted and misrepresented, but this isn’t new. This is a tale as old as…

Season’s Time

One of the ways I know time is moving on is the approach of a new season. Summer is around the corner, a season shift, marked by warmer temperatures, blooming roses, sunscreen displays at the grocery store, and the flurry of end-of-school-year final activities. Over the years, I’ve embraced each season more and more, using…

Little Steps to Big Change

Last summer, I would have told you I didn’t have an artsy bone in my body. And I didn’t. When my mom set up a summer lake house painting project for everyone, I was relieved that the lines were already drawn, and I just had to fill in the space with watercolor paints. But something…

To Forgive and be Forgiven

Abundance can have a lot of connotations, bringing to mind a bountiful summer harvest or maybe even just a house crammed full of things. Typically it makes me think of holding an overflowing armful of things—because abundance is carrying coats, stuffies, and snacks for three little girls? Since I’ve been reading through the Bible chronologically…

The Magnolia Story and Me

What do shiplap, Magnolia, and “Fixer Upper” have in common? Just one famous reality TV couple—Chip and Joanna Gaines. At this point they are legendary—an amazing marriage, adorable children, and even their own decorative line, “Hearth and Hand,” at Target. Like many women, I also got swept up into the excitement. When I can borrow…

Present in 2019

As I pondered over what my word for 2019 would be, I started thinking back to when I first started making “New Year’s Resolutions.” I dug through a box of old journals and found the first journal I ever started from when I was 9 years old. I was surprised to discover that although I…

3 Truths I Need When I Doubt Myself

I’m overwhelmed. I don’t have this. I’m not smart enough. I’m not strong enough. I’m just not enough. These are some of the thoughts that swirl sometimes as I’m trying to tackle the different parts of my life. I’m striving, striving, striving. But there aren’t enough hours in the day. I don’t have enough emotional…

Longing for Home

With the advent of a new school year, I’ve been thinking about what home means and especially what it means for my daughter when she returns from school. I want our home to always be that safe haven for her, a place where she feels secure, and a place where she ALWAYS feels she belongs….

3 Reasons to Embrace Conviction

I loved Anne of Green Gables as a child, not this new-fangled imposter gracing Netflix with an E, but L.M. Montgomery’s creation. In Anne of the Island, Anne is talking to Davy, a child that she and Marilla took in. “That was your conscience punishing you, Davy.” “What’s my conscience? I want to know.” “It’s…