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  A beautiful older teen girl recently referred to Middle School as “the Devil’s playground”. And although her statement was meant for insight and truth, those very words instantly grew long claws with jagged edges and sharp spears that scraped the very flesh of my heart, leaving it raw and bloody. It got me. The Devil’s Playground. And she went on to say that middle school is where you learn about EVERYTHING. Others nodded in agreement with that collective moan. Oh God. I just dropped my child off at the devil’s playground…...

 I have had the privilege and honor of receiving some amazing books to review, and this one is no exception. As a matter of fact, I think this one is my absolute favorite, probably because it speaks so much to my heart. Kate Conner’s “Enough” gripped my attention from the very beginning and I was in awe of her insight and her seasoned wisdom about teenage girls. If you or anyone you know has a daughter entering into this season of life (pre-teens as well), then you need to stop what you’re doing and go now to buy this book. You...

Beauty blooms in hard places… Life’s messes Create barricades that can suffocate the hope Right out of us. If we let it. Stuck. We can’t seem to find any color in the depths of grey. But. If we search long enough And open our eyes to see… It’s there waiting in all its glory. Re-trace back through your path Of your life’s journey Through the hard places… Dig deep through the rocks. Do you see it? In all its splendor? Beauty blooms in new found: Strength Wisdom Grace Faith Healing Love Growth Transformation Reflect and reclaim...

Twisted, Tangled, Tied and Trapped This season of summer is supposed to be filled with joy and the ever-elusive sunshine that radiates gladness and glory of all that the free flowing air can find. And yet, this season I have been winding myself around a slowly dissolving well of constant doing and giving and serving… which has left my tank drained of nourishing water from which to drink in and get my fill. It happens. Although I thrive on giving and serving and doing, the very act has somehow led me to this place of dried up twisted,...

For you, Kim. Sifting through the layers of dark tormenting rubble that covers me. My body mangled into something I cannot see. There are no cracks of light, pure black. I soak in the darkness, drenched into my very pours, as the weight crushes my lungs and I gasp for air. Where is this source that illuminates the healing within? I know it exists somewhere out there, but I can’t seem to reach for it. The shrapnel pierces my skin and tears at my flesh leaving me paralyzed. I am trapped beneath the suffocating wreckage of what is now...

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...

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