Encouragement is your business

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29 When you think of unwholesome talk, what do you think of? Some think of cursing. You know-swear words. Let's be real-I am fond at times of [...]

Giving me a “right” hand

We had put it off for a while. The dentist. The youngest needed a mouth full of work, and with anxiety and sensory needs that kept him from even liking to have his teeth cleaned...we had put it off for months. But we had prepared him for this day. Explained what would occur, how he [...]

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 [...]

Love that simply gives

"I filled it up. There are more left, but I stopped at 316." 316? "Yes. 316 mints." A jar. Filled to the top with 316 mints counted out by my daughter. "You know. For John 3:16-For God so loved the world He gave...and you are giving." Or so I thought. They, however, were never given. [...]

The growing season

For over a year now, I have grown a deep affection for plants. The reasons and circumstances for this are a story in itself, and a subject for a later time...however, I used to absolutely hate them! I could not keep anything alive. When my son and I did manage to plant anything, it either [...]

“Feeding” a different beast

This past summer I spent the entirety of my time off in a period of self-care and healing. Working on and loving who God had created me to be. Part of that was understanding just how much I was loved. Through that process, I spent a lot of time in His Word, writing down a [...]

Let my words be sweet

“Because she is a crybaby. That’s why she is crying.” Where did these words come from you ask? They were uttered from my youngest. The answer from the lips of my son after his sister had asked why tears had filled her mom’s eyes. And, of course, after these words, I began to cry even [...]

It’s lonely out here…

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 "In ministry, I have found that our own thoughts can be quite dangerous. We start second-guessing what we should have done, what should have been said, what could have been changed, or why we did one thing [...]

So that no one walks alone

“I’m bored.” “She’s an idiot. Why does she want to go to the pool so much.” “You are the worst brother ever. You don’t ever want to do anything” “You are stupid. I am sick of sitting by this stupid, stupid pool, stupid head.” When they are not fighting over who gets the hour of [...]

Mom: One beautiful, slimy, mess

I have a confession when it comes to the idea of the “perfect” mom. It has to do with my kitchen. Well, let me be honest, the downstairs portion of my house. The parts of the house that people can see. See, I have this deep hatred of slime-making. For about 4 months this summer [...]