A Pause in the Story Sometimes Requires a New Author

15 years old and Desperate Alone Isolated Broken Depressed Worthless …and then the story changed. When I was ready to give up, God was there with open arms.  He took me in and started to write my life through a whole new lens.  He has dragged me, pushed me, guided me, and held me everyContinue reading “A Pause in the Story Sometimes Requires a New Author”

Time to Get Some Glasses

    If I don’t have my contacts or my glasses on I am almost blind.  I am nearsighted and have perfect vision when things are up close, but from across a small room, I wouldn’t be able to recognize my own husband and kids.  Most of the time this isn’t a problem because I amContinue reading “Time to Get Some Glasses”

Surrender to Live

A few years back I was in my classroom teaching a group of energetic 6th graders, when little did I know, my teaching would encounter a startling interruption.  The sun was shining outside and it was a beautiful day, not too hot and not too cold.  It was the perfect day to prop open theContinue reading “Surrender to Live”

You’re Wrong

I am a Christian and in my opinion you are wrong. Have I made anyone uncomfortable yet?  If I said this statement to you in person, your jaw might drop.  As you read this your shock might tempt you to unsubscribe, unfollow, and even unfriend me (both online and in person).  For my non-Christian friendsContinue reading “You’re Wrong”

What If Lightning Strikes?

The thought of being struck by lightning is enough for us to pay attention and take precautions to avoid the lightning strike.  People typically don’t go outside in a lightning storm.  People also don’t go swimming when lightning is in the area.  These precautions make sense, but once we take every precaution we can, weContinue reading “What If Lightning Strikes?”

When You Focus on the Missing Piece You Miss the Point

I think my love for puzzles comes from my childhood memories of putting them together with my grandma.  She would sit for hours with a puzzle and put it together and I found so much joy in joining her.  I loved the thrill of debating about whether to put the border together first, or justContinue reading “When You Focus on the Missing Piece You Miss the Point”

A Sneaky Taste and a Blessing Deferred 

I love to bake sugar cookies with the kids, lather them in frosting and sprinkles and then enjoy them with the family.  This has been a tradition of baking that began with my mom and has been passed on to my kids.  After the initial taste testing there are always plenty of cookies to lastContinue reading “A Sneaky Taste and a Blessing Deferred “

Basking in the Sun of the Sabbath

    Picture this.  Eyes closed, laying on the cool sand, while the waves sweep gently in and out on the shore in the distance.  The day is warm, not hot, and there is a cool breeze that gently brushes across your face, balancing the feel of the sun as it soaks you to your core. Continue reading “Basking in the Sun of the Sabbath”

Waiting in Line, Full of Emotions

    I confess that I once waited in line to ride a roller coaster at an amusement park for close to three hours.  It was the newest ride in the park and the main reason I purchased a ticket that day. I had been anticipating this new sit-down, feet dangling, loopty-loop thrill ride since theContinue reading “Waiting in Line, Full of Emotions”

Living in Fear, Living for Me

I have felt left out. I have been rejected. I have had my trust betrayed. I have been hurt. I have been afraid of being rejected. I have made life about me. Every single statement I just made is true and each of those statements makes me fearful of reaching out in relationships to others..Continue reading “Living in Fear, Living for Me”