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…

3 Paths to Lead You Away from Fear

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word “fear” is our car accident nearly a year ago. I’m reminded of how I felt as I crouched on the dusty sidewalk off Hwy 22. Sobbing, I clutched my four-year-old, my two-year-old, and my six-week old baby and assured myself that they were…

Unsatisfied Thirst

When I think of being hungry or thirsty, my mind goes to one thought, “never satisfied.” It’s annoying really. We have to eat and drink fluids or we die. Somehow, the body is never satisfied. We fill it knowing we will continue to be thirsty. The Samaritan woman in the Bible felt that frustration of…

An Extravagant God

After a cold, rainy, windy, bleary winter, I welcome the signs of spring with open arms. The bright pops of yellow in clusters of daffodils, the tentative pink clusters of cherry blossoms, the days when the sun is actually providing a little warmth; lately, I’ve felt struck by the unnecessary beauty of these things. I’ve…

Choosing Thankfulness

I know bitterness holds people back. It feels like being stuck. The “bitter old woman” is a bit of a cliché, but when I hear that phrase, I think of someone who is somehow cemented in the past, unforgiving, and resentful. This has certainly been true of me at various points in my life. I’ve…