Category: Encouragement

HOW CAN A NAME BE SO POWERFUL?

HOW CAN A NAME BE SO POWERFUL?

An intense dream gripped me early Sunday morning. MY DREAM SCENE I: I should have known by the ominous looking clouds that something horrible was about to happen. Bathing suit clad bodies were packed so tight in the pool I could hardly make out where my three boys were. My head bobbed and weaved in…

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CHERISH THE CHALLENGES

CHERISH THE CHALLENGES

Do you struggle with a lack of contentment? Are you always looking forward to the next phase expecting it to bring the joy that eluded you in this one? I think we could all say yes at some point in our lives. This was especially true for me when my children were babies and toddlers.…

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DO I HAVE TO DO THAT AGAIN?

DO I HAVE TO DO THAT AGAIN?

Consistency. It feels so good to type that word. If only being consistent was as easy as typing it. I say it aloud and feel my heart being pulled. Pulled because while I understand the importance of this simple yet complex word, I struggle to maintain it. I always have. My older brother, Flip, would…

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MANY WATERS

MANY WATERS

Two record breaking hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, occurred within a two-week period and both brought death and destruction. With heavy hearts and awe, we witnessed the mind-blowing power of water. Heroic government officials, first responders, and brave reporters willingly saw it firsthand for our benefit. Thousands of residents had a front row seat as they…

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A SIMPLE SMILE

A SIMPLE SMILE

If you are like me, most lessons are learned the hard way. I recently wrote an article about such a lesson for a wonderful website called Just 18 Summers. It’s entitled, Look What I Did and tells of a time when the Lord chastened me for sending my son away when he needed me. As…

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BEGIN AGAIN

BEGIN AGAIN

With complete amazement, I recently shared on Facebook, “I am thrilled to announce that I just signed with Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency to write my first book. My heart is beyond overwhelmed by God’s great grace.” I can hardly believe it myself! How can this be? “There will come a time when you…

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UPSIDE DOWN AND BACKWARDS

UPSIDE DOWN AND BACKWARDS

As I jotted the last word in my fifteenth journal to God, I grabbed a new one from the bookshelf this week. New journals always inspire and delight my soul. Pages lay empty. Line after line waiting to be filled. Love Himself meets me here and our relationship is deepened. Free to pour from the…

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IN BATTLE

IN BATTLE

  “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight Eisenhower I planned to take Elijah to the EOE specialist today. His appointment was scheduled nearly two weeks ago and since then, I’ve watched and listened as he moaned in pain. Daily reminding him we were one…

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LOOK UP

LOOK UP

Someone I know and love is hurting today. I am sure you can think of such a friend too. Hurting people are all around us aren’t they? She’s a sweet sister in Christ. She’s a mother of rough and tumble boys – just like mine! Her heart is the size of Texas. She gives until…

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FOR THE RECORD

FOR THE RECORD

I often notice and secretly envy those who seem to have it all together – all the time. You know who I’m talking about. For starters there’s the mother who speaks patiently to her children and never seems to raise her voice. The beautiful woman next to you in fitness class who holds a plank…

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