So what if I am beautiful?

Can you begin to hate a word? Like cringe every time you see it or hear it? Has that ever happened to you? Because it had happened to me. See, I had begun to hate a word. I hated what this word had come to define in culture. What the world had taught women about [...]

Making peace with the Proverbs 31 woman

I have always had a love/hate relationship with the Proverbs 31 woman. I had a desire to be this Biblical gold standard, but then at other times, it seemed to be another standard I could just never live up to. I mean, really. Come on. She finds wool and flax, and spins it (v 13); [...]

For those who seek Him

Stories. We all use stories to make a point. Stories are a more interesting way to get a message across to people. A way to help others understand a concept that may be a little hard for others to grasp. Stories keep audiences engaged. Everyone loves a good story. Well, most everyone. “Why do you [...]

The Messy Middle

There is a place I dread visiting these days. For anyone navigating this stage of parenting, you must know this place. It is hidden behind a door in our home. I know who is there. Problem is...I never know what is there. Meaning, I never know what mess I will find. Are those clothes on [...]

What I know now

"Are you an albino?" "I was wondering that, too. You know...because of the hair and big lips." Those questions? Those comments? They were made about me. All while trying to get through an already awkward middle school gym class. Those comments told me these things: You don’t fit in. You look different. You don’t belong. [...]

Take me as I am

Those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. John 6:37 When I was a teen, I hated country music. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. It was not the era of Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Keith Urban. Instead their was Joe Diffie, Dwight Yoakam, [...]

Before the world tells her different

Sassy, Stubborn. Bull-headed. Words I often use to describe my daughter. The words I use to describe the battle of wills endured here at home. After the "No, I won't," and "Yes, you wills." After the demands to do this and not that. To wear boots in July. Flip-flops in winter. The demands to have [...]

Individually molded to be different

We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Isaiah 64:8 My son loves to cook. He enjoys buying new cookbooks, and learning how to use new kitchen gadgets, and is drawn to any nifty "cooking kit." Gingerbread men were no exception this past Christmas, and he tackled [...]

My Father Told Me So

How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful! Song of Songs 1:5 "Mommy, what's wrong with your hair? You look like a poodle." I had been coveting a short haircut for many years, always scared that the curls which adorned my head would make that impossible. That those curls would make me resemble a 30 [...]

Do You Need A Reminder?

"Why are these notes still on the mirror?" "Not sure, Hayley, Maybe he thought you needed to be reminded of these things again today. Do you need a reminder?" Of course, who knew that the person needing the reminder would be me. A couple nights earlier, (a dark and wet night, I will add), as [...]