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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...

  Oh the mighty ant. I am in awe of its power to carry a load that far exceeds its weight.  It’s fascinating to think of how they appear to effortlessly pick up huge loads and travel with such ease. Can you imagine? We humans do the same, actually. Our burdens aren’t sticks or leaves or dead insects though. Our weight is heavy with life circumstances, crisis, sickness, abuse, neglect, death, divorce, and everything in between. Think about it… I bet you could name ten beloved people in your life that carry weight far beyond...

I am so deeply honored and overjoyed to share my devotional series with one of my most treasured friends!  Her blog is truly one that inspires me like no other.  She is a unique writer with a gift that touches my heart every time she shares a piece of her world and her perspective on life.  I am always moved by her perfectly placed thoughts and intentional themes.  If you haven’t met Karmen from Chairs from the curb yet, you MUST.  I am thrilled to introduce you to such a creative and talented soul. I went to see the movie “Moms...

How do you view the world?  How do you see others?  I believe we all have our own unique windows…  and the frame is formed through each experience and encounter we have with one another.  Some are battered and broken, some sealed with strength and might, other’s have transformed through time and wisdom and healing, while more are still being taken apart and mended back together once again to change their view.  My window? It hasn’t changed.  Yes, it has been broken and battered, shaken and cracked, tainted and...

This is a follow up post from my recent piece titled, “You Don’t Remember”. Please read that first. These months were the hardest months I would ever have to survive as a mother. Since the moment Cassidy was born, she had one medical crisis after another. My greatest fear with having another baby was Cassidy getting sick as much as she had while I was nursing and tending to my newborn. I was terrified to face it all, wondering how on earth I would manage. I could barely make it through these terrifying months with just Cass,...

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