The word hallelujah is one of the most powerful words I know.  I don’t believe there is another word like it.  The famous song has a power all its own, and the whisper of the melody still lingers in my heart from the most beautiful memorial I have ever had the honor of attending.  The church was packed, and each person rose to sing and share stories and the forever lingering love and life of one of the greatest.  Each profound moment left me breathless and soaked in tears. My dear friend’s husband was a mighty man, diagnosed...

I find myself gasping for air these days… treading the treacherous waters as best I can. I sink in grief, for my beloved friend who so abruptly lost her devoted lifetime love just days ago. He was yanked from her life in an instant, leaving her heart crushed into a million tiny torturing pieces and her daughter crumbling into wailing tears. Oh the pain. The pain.  The pain. This death paralyzes me, and my ‘to do’ list has shifted and changed and the shadows follow me as I try to accomplish the tasks at hand, all the while the waves...

(Lets re-visit this letter, shall we?) Dear Santa, I know you have been around for a long, long time. I know you mean well Santa; I know you are that kind.  The children they adore you, they dream of you each night.  They look at you in wonder, and Rudolph’s nose it is so bright!  I get that you are jolly in everything you do.  You live in a land of wonder, making every wish come true. But how can I appreciate all that you stand for, When materialistic bribery is all that you implore!   I can’t just let it happen, it’s...

Friends, I have a treasure to share with you today.  This precious soul is a cherished friend and she has a light that will illuminate your world with her story, her beautiful words and powerful message.  I am anxiously waiting to read her book, “Raised By Strangers” while I am recovering from my surgery in just a short week.  I urge you to go and buy it, and take in her wisdom, her strength, and her insight into God’s restoration and grace.  I know you will be blessed by this faithful heart…and find an abundance...

I am thankful I am not living in a war torn country, fearing for my life and that of my family. Pray for them. I am thankful that I am not suffocating in sadness, barely breathing and grasping for the love I lost. Pray for them. I am thankful that I am not facing a Holiday with a broken heart, shattered dreams and a marriage ended. Pray for them. I am thankful I am not in an abusive relationship, where I live in fear for my life and my children’s lives. Pray for them. I am thankful that I live in a home filled with gifts to open...

  I am entering the Christmas season, with a weary and worn spirit. I have stepped into the advent similarly in years past, depleted and empty of anything worthy of celebration… but ironically so desperately in need of a Savior. The timing seems wrong, but perhaps so right, as I long to linger in His Light that was introduced to us long ago in a Manger. Maybe being stripped of strength will lead me to once again surrender to the One who gives it. Perhaps being vulnerable to life’s tiring terrain will once again guide me to His...

Sometimes when you are exhausted and think you are simply too worn to do much else, life takes a twisted turn off the cliff of predictable and pushes you to an entirely new level of survival. Things shift and priorities plunge into ‘crisis’ mode, where minute-by-minute you try to breathe, decide on what next, and do it. It happens. This is where I am. Just in time for the Holiday. Life. It can relentlessly leave you in the wake of sudden blows causing crashing crumbling pieces to flood your days and nights, as you attempt to wade through...

I was driving on the interstate going 70 mph and a car in front of me had a huge piece of ice fall off the top of his car and almost hit me! It was one of those moments where for a split second; I thought I was going to die right there on the way to the doctor. So random, and just one of many instances where I did one of those gasps of relief and as I took in another breath of gratitude, something else happened… I had one of ‘those revelations’ that caught me off guard in the most beautiful way. I felt this overwhelming peace come...

Friends, I have the honor and the privilege of sharing two beautiful books with you today. Both of the authors have boundless hearts and serve in hospitals as Child Life Specialists, where they pour their efforts and energy into caring for precious children and their families. They are skilled at their work as they assist patients and families through their traumatic journey of illness or injury. These are the women who are the unsung heroes of the medical field. It is through their tireless involvement and insightful wisdom, that they...

A lot goes on behind this blog of mine… Hearts are lifted in prayer, poured out in tears, and shared in deep and lasting ties that are made in this worldwide web. Oh, how I love that so very much. You see, words can be the bridge that builds gaps, both far and wide. In reaching out and taking risks and stepping forward- and sharing pieces and parts of ourselves~ we grow, we are inspired, we are moved. So many precious people have touched me deeply and I have this incredible honor to know and love many that I have never met in person....

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