I don’t know if I stereotype everyone I come in contact with, but just today I found myself stereotyping MEN. As I was sitting there having lunch with my two youngest children I overheard a conversation by a man who was basically saying some very disturbing and degrading stuff about a women while on the phone. I just sat there stunned hoping my children did not hear the whole conversation especially the part that was most disturbing. I had to sit there for a moment and filter ... View the Post
Courage for Today
Courage for Today is my word for 2015. Every year I pick a word to help cast a vision over my year. All of the following devotionals below are devotionals written in 2015 and courage is interwoven into them all.
I think one of the hardest things for me to come to terms with is the possibility that I have disappointed God. For me it s something I have been wrestling with all my life. Fear has brought me to points where I do not respond in faith simply because I am afraid I will make the wrong decision and disappoint God in some way. Then there are those moments I know I have disappointed God. It's not something I am proud of, and I feel like it was very clear when my actions were a disappointment to ... View the Post
So often we see the big picture and we hardly ever see the small moments leading up to that big picture. I’ve written before about counting the costs and knowing that every big moment has been preceded by a lot of small moments. But taking that a little bit further we need to understand that not only are our daily disciplines small & significant, but so are our words. So often we look at the disappointments and offenses in our life, I am beginning to think these big moments of pain ... View the Post
Whenever I am working on, or trying something new I often have doubts that go through my head and I often wonder if it’s “going to work” or if it is “good enough.” When I first began writing there was this process of wondering if I was a good enough writer, is this what I am even supposed to be doing, or is anyone going to even read what I write. Another one of my worries: is this time I am investing into this project even worth it. My husband is really good ... View the Post
In every offense I am pretty sure anyone can come up with a reason to justify why they are angry. I know I have offended a lot of people. One of the hardest things about an offense is they often result in multiple offenses that involve both parties. Most of the time an offense is truly only resolved completely (where reconciliation is involved) when someone is brave enough to speak up about the offense, take ownership of their role in the offense, and forgiveness is found by both ... View the Post
In our house we have entered into a new season where all of my children are now in the double digits. So basically we have a house full of teens (pre-teens and a teenager.) In this new season I am experiencing this whole new world that now includes….socks! Yep, socks. Everywhere there are socks. Socks on the floors. Socks on the couch. Socks buried in the couch. Socks in the kitchen. (Yuck!) Socks in the hallway. Socks on the coffee table. Socks are basically found in ... View the Post