He didn’t “deserve” it either…

"Does it really even pay to be nice?" This is how the conversation started with a fellow, empathetic friend of mine. Going over the many times we have felt like doormats in the last few months. You know what doormats are, right? They get stepped on. That's what we had felt like. We had given [...]

Letting words speak encouragement

Critics. We all have them. Some more than others. For some, it seems that no matter what you do, what choice you make, how you speak...someone is always on the fringes, just waiting and looking for a chink in your armor. It is enough to make a person crack under the pressure. To turn and [...]

For He Has Taught Me More

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. James 1:17 "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!" I hear the screams in the wee hours of the morning. The screams that have woken me from a state of sleep I seemed to have just [...]

For He is Pleased with Me

Recently as part of an exercise for training I have to do as a volunteer, I had to ask a few people about my strengths and weaknesses. While I wasn't surprised by the responses (That is good, right?), I also learned that many of these strengths are also my greatest weaknesses. Because while I am [...]

A “Real” Love Story

I'm a sucker for a sappy love story. Like the kind that brings a person to tears. The heartbreaking, chaotic, consuming kind of love that is portrayed on the big screen, or in the pages of a bestseller. The kind I spent most of my vacation reading. As my husband sat next to me, letting [...]

We Will Get Through This…Together

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:5 It never ceases to amaze me how the very promises I make to God, to my family, and to myself are so [...]