Suffering and Beauty

mr and mrs mallard

The last month or so has been hard. Oklahoma. Boston. Texas. Gavin. Zach. There were more instances of individuals sharing their stories with me than normal. My days have been peppered with stories of folks hurting and in pain, both publicly and in private. Life is so full of pain and sadness. I catch mere glimpses of […]

How to Fight Like a Mother

how to fight like a mother

There’s a lot riding on our job as mothers. Each of us, gifted with different abilities and strengths; each of us, faced with unique personalities and challenges; each of us, no matter the circumstances, is called to get up and fight the good fight each morning. It might be managing a child’s disability and the […]

How We Wield Our Words

words mightier than a sword

How we wield our words has a huge impact on those around us. As they say, words are mightier than a sword. The Bible is full of cautions about how we use our tongue. One that I quote often at my house is this: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but […]

Living Debt Free

blue sky

For years, our family lived on the edge of financial ruin. We lived month-to-month, paycheck-to-paycheck. We were always frugal, but we lived beyond our means nonetheless. Since my husband was self-employed, all it took was an injury or a slough of bad weather to put us off our game. I lived with the fear and […]

Songs for Remembering the Truth

Hot Cross Buns

Download some music to get your heart and mind focused on the beauty of Easter. It’s easy to get distracted by the cares of this world. I get discouraged. I start thinking about the dumb things I see in the world around me. The dumb things I do. The dumb things others do. I find […]

Thieves: Pain, Fear, or Worry

Snow flowers

I was robbed this week. Not in the physical sense. At least not this week. But, I was robbed. My sore hip decided to scream loud and clear that it needed more attention than just a diet. The pain, while not debilitating, was certainly distracting. And the fears and worry that accompanied it? All the […]

Just Do the Best You Can

Grant

When I was younger, life seemed rather straightforward. You grow up, you go to college, you find a job, you get married, you have kids, you live happily ever after. As a woman I see that this is more or less life, but there are lots of hills, valleys, and bumps in the road. As a […]

Do You Have Intercessors?

big sky

Last week I had a minor emergency. The details aren’t important. The jist is that I was stressed, paralyzed with worry over certain circumstances. I knew that I didn’t want to stay in that place of muddled confusion and anxiety. The days are too precious to waste. After reading my Bible and praying to God, […]