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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...

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....

  Blessings… Another misunderstood anomaly. Most can easily identify the ones that illuminate goodness and light… They are everywhere, really. You don’t need too much effort to find them. They stand out, in smiles and good deeds and healthy children. Through wedding days and babies born and graduations. Even the smallest blessings are the biggest at times… those precious moments of revelation, or beautiful words of encouragement or simply a gorgeous radiant sun soaked day. Unexpected hugs, deals, friends…that appear right...

  My dear beloved friend attempted suicide last weekend… I held her in my arms as she cried over and over again, “I want to die Chrissy… I want to DIE.” Over and over again. Over and over again. I had happened upon her second attempt. My arms wrapped around this precious broken soul, and I just couldn’t hold her tight enough. I couldn’t take the pain away. I couldn’t carry her to a better place… Oh how I wish I could. Instead 911 was called and she was taken to the ER, and admitted. My dear precious friend. Broke. I...

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post sharing our Halloween experience when Cade was in Kindergarten.  We were just talking about that day, and  he remembers every detail, especially the ‘why’ to the reason of what we did.   I love that Cassidy remembers as well.  With our Halloween school party  a day away, I wonder about this boy still.  I asked Cade if we should bring an extra costume, but Cade said this boy wouldn’t be interested because he is getting into trouble and ‘wearing his pants below his butt’. ...

I had 30 minutes between here and there… Time to fit “me time” in.   Walk.   I grab my cd player to listen while I tread the trail. But within minutes I turn it off. I need silence.   As I follow the path through the gap in the woods I listen.   The animals scurrying under the brush Jolting my frazzled nerves The sun beckons to glare through the trees swaying in the wind, hitting my face just right. I feel its warmth. I stretch my neck tilting my head high enough to soak it in.   Light… Peace… His Presence.   As I travel...

I have been stuffing that old nasty rag in my mouth lately… Ya know the one? The one that is drenched in those toxic vapors that radiate all kinds of discouragement and defeat. It tastes awful. I hate when things don’t go my way. But life is a lot about things that simply don’t go our way. Dreams crushed. Finances strained. Relationships torn. Diseases diagnosed. Not getting that job. Kids failing school. Marriages falling apart. Infertility. Losing your child in a flash freak flood. Pick your poison. Life doesn’t go our way- often. So...

I wrote this post over two years ago, and I came across it and realized this principle is ongoing for us all.  I believe one of the greatest challenges and deepest joys comes from the fine art of gratitude… Even when you’re suffering. During the years that my daughter was sick, we learned together that gratitude is both a cherished and powerful part of living.  We still live in this truth today.  Read an old story, and take in fresh encouragement. 27 hours.  That’s how long my daughter had been whining and moaning about...

In our family, we set out on a mission to build character and instill faith in our children.  When the kids were little, it was all about keeping them fed and safe from harm.  We were immersed in changing diapers, and teaching them how to eat and speak and walk.  The functioning is at it’s peak during those critical years of development, as we bundle our little ones to protect them from the cold and rock them to sleep- the basic fundamentals are laid before us. But as the years roll along, our children need a different set of...

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