Oh friends, do I have something incredibly special to share with you today! If you have been living in matrimony for years or freshly celebrating your recent vows, these marriage resources are invaluable to the health of you and your spouse.   I have had the honor and privilege of receiving “Marriage Rebranded” by Tyler Ward with hopes to share it’s invaluable wisdom and truths in which he unequivocally proves his powerful message of “Modern Misconceptions and the Unnatural Art of Loving Another Person.” After you learn more...

 My dear friend Julie has some beautiful encouragement for all of us mamas!  I don’t believe there is one mom out there that doesn’t struggle with this ongoing quest for the unattainable Super Mom status!  Take it in, and lets all have her mantra today!! ****************************************************************************************************************** We all love super heroes, right? The super strength, the super speed, the ability to always get the bad guy and overcome evil, the downright awesomeness that...

Today I introduce you to one of the loves of my life, Sammy. If you were to meet her, you would quickly recognize her compassionate smile and her stunning ability to look glamorous in her thrift store finds. You would see a beautiful young woman, with a light that glimmers of love, but you will also see the shadows of simmering pain. You would sense sweetness about her and feel the tension of her grip on trying to hold her life together, amidst the mess that it is. Sammy was born to a father that would soon abandon her, and a mother who...

I hate having to see a new doctor. Filling out all the forms and going through Cassidy’s history is quite cumbersome to say the least. I’d rather not do it at all, but I am used to documenting the unusual amount of history this girl holds in her 11 years of life. When meeting a new doctor, I have become quite eloquent and poised at sharing her long and sorted past of grueling medical issues and procedures and diagnoses. I am able now, with the distance of a few years, to spill it out in a pace that is practical and to the point. I...

This is my TToT mission:  Finding new thankful hearts!  Why not reach out and compel others to share their own list of Thankfuls?  Each week, as my beloved friend Lizzi calls us to heed the power in gratitude, I will carry the message outside of my blog.  It will be my ongoing goal to encourage others to claim what is good and worthy of praise in their lives.  I think Lizzi would be pleased with this goal.  Yes, Lizzi?     I believe Phil 4:8 says it best: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is...

I wrote this piece almost a year ago to the day… and I need to revisit it often, to remember-replenish-restore-re-ignite the “Grace Light” within… Perhaps you need this too. ****************************************************************************************************************** Psalm 139:13-16  13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body     and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!     Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I...

  There isn’t enough of me… To give all that I need to give. There isn’t enough of me… To fulfill my purpose as a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a ministry leader, a friend, a writer, and a giver of love. There isn’t enough of me… To do all the things my heart so desires. There isn’t enough of me… To pursuit my dreams burning deeply in my soul. There isn’t enough of me… To nurse the wounded, carry the suffering, serve the lost, and encourage the faltering. There isn’t enough of...

*This summer I will be re-purposing some of my favorite posts. There are some messages that need repeating.  I do hope this brings meaning to your life, whether this is your first or second time reading these words.* I was lying in bed the other night in pain.  My ear was burning and twitching, my breasts burst with that familiar sharp surge and my joint in my foot was once again caught against the bone as I literally felt the fragments pierce my tendons.  I felt the various pains rise and fall over and over again, while my mind followed...

Ten Things of Thankful: Women’s Edition I have had the privilege of knowing countless women throughout my life. Not just in passing while superficially connecting through a fleeting event or circumstance, but truly experiencing who they are through deep conversations that revel in truth and trust. I am constantly amazed with the blessings from each relationship that has developed along my journey, as every single woman has had a lasting impact on my life, my heart, my perspective. I marvel at their strength and tenacity, their insight...

When I saw the link up topic for today, with Lisa and Rabia, my heart immediately tightened, with a twinge of angst. It amazes me that over thirty years have gone by, since I was 16 years old, and yet? There is this vulnerable and vast gaping hole that still swells open and stirs my soul with memories and emotions that seem to wake from their dormant place in time. Although I have since transformed and grown into someone I always longed to be, I must confess that this age? Is still a part of me… History sews together the fabric of who...

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