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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...

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...

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...

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