Grief is a stone I keep in my pocket It was rough and jagged when I found it, And I can’t count the times I’ve scraped my knuckles While carelessly digging around for something else. But I took it out today—just for a look— And marveled at how easily I could run my … Continue reading Be Still, My Soul
Our families and our hearts can be strengthened by allowing ourselves to start letting go.
There was a time when I even questioned getting married and having kids at all--I was leaning toward it being a bad idea. No one who was married seemed happy through my teenager eyes. But then I saw the beautiful example a peculiar family; they were like nothing I'd ever seen. They loved, and laughed, and played and seemed genuinely happy. I wanted to know why.
The trail wound steeply up the mountain before me. Large rocks created a natural staircase, but I wanted an escalator. Rain the night before had created numerous slippery mud holes on the rare stretch where the trail flattened out. Late summer blossoms dressed the meadows while rocky peaks, adorned in stunning green forests, rose majestically … Continue reading Eightmile Lake
It's "a simple truth: you will get hurt. Life will throw you for a loop and give you whiplash. It will cut you, bruise you, break you. That’s just how it is."
"Here’s another truth: you will heal. Your cuts will close up. Your bruises will fade. Even your broken heart will mend. That’s just how it is. But you won’t be the same as you were before. You’ll be even better."
Growing up, the greatest desire of my heart was to be married and have a large family. My husband and I couldn't wait to begin our family! Things didn’t work out like we hoped they would. We struggled for years with infertility. After months, then years of disappointment, I could so relate to Rachel in … Continue reading Give Me Children, or Else I Die!
Yesterday we hiked higher than we’ve ever hiked before. My little girl did not want to be there. It was too early. Her legs were tired from riding her bike the day before. It was steep, and the path was narrow. Looking down scared her. She tripped a few times, and she was frustrated with … Continue reading Conquer Your Day!
It never fails. Whenever I step into the shower, begin cooking dinner, or turn the ignition on my car, my cell phone rings. It is comical how my dad always seems to call at the most inconvenient, busiest time of the day. But when I think about my sweet dad and his penchant for phone … Continue reading Fathers
Upon reading those words, peace seemed to flow down into me, and hope awakened as those words pierced my heart with their undeniable truth. I knew at that moment God was speaking to me through those words. The door of my heart was flung open once again, and light and hope came flooding in.
Normally, as I water my garden each morning, I just use a hose and spray everything down until it is good and soaked. It is time effective, and I can check a task off my list. This morning, however, I made a fertilizer-water mix and watered each plant by hand. I noticed a few of … Continue reading Lessons in the Garden