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Love Has Come

I remember the first time I knew I was pregnant. I remember that first moment I knew that life was being shared with mine. I remember that first knowing that my breath was breathing and exhaling for another. My heartbeat was different…not just the rhythm but the reason it was beating suddenly felt different. The idea that I was carrying a being with purpose. I began to think differently. I began to eat differently. I… … Continue reading

Waiting on the Lord is Like My Daughter’s Loose Tooth

Do you remember your first loose tooth? Wiggly, staring, pressing your tongue to push it outward in hopes it would fall out. Eating apples in hopes it would show up attached somewhere on the core. Waiting. Staring. Waiting some more.. It’s quite a monumental event. Losing teeth, growing up it is a right of passage – baby teeth move out while grown up teeth move in. I remember I would freak out every time I’d… … Continue reading

Just Move

A few weeks ago I celebrated an important anniversary.  I celebrate it every year and remember what the Lord did because it was the turning point in my life- a crossroad. 19 years ago my life changed. 19 years ago my life began.  19 years ago in a matter of a 7 day period, I left everything I had ever known and moved 3000 miles away from my little home town to a new place. I left family,… … Continue reading

When It’s Not How You Planned It

“This is not how I planned it” Have you ever said that about your life? Have you ever said that about the direction that something you anticipated going in changed? You had a different idea in mind. Life played out differently than you had dreamt. Life played out differently than you had hoped. That situation played out differently than you prayed for. I was talking with someone this week who sheepishly admitted that this wasn’t… … Continue reading

How to Make Your Mind a Better Place

“Bad tapes”.   That is the phrase a good friend used to describe when people have unhealthy thought patterns repetitiously swirling around in their head.   Remember mixed tapes from when we were kids? Okay, all my 80’s and 90’s friends know what I’m talking about. All of my iPod generation friends are going “mixed tapes – does that have something to do with Scotch tape?”  No, forget it, I’m dating myself and its embarrassing.  … … Continue reading

Sometimes There Are No Words

Sometimes there is just nothing to say. There are some things that happen in life that words won’t heal. There are some things that take our breath away that only silence can breathe life back into our lungs. They are the things of life that are beyond someone giving a kind word, a positive hopeful thought, a story of so and so who went through this and that and made it through, a good sermon,… … Continue reading

Do You Actually Know What Forgiveness Is?

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 My husband and I sat down the other day to read the Bible to our kids before bedtime. He opened our time together by saying “Hey kids, you want to know something really weird and difficult that God asks us to do? He asks us to ‘love our enemies’ – isn’t that weird? Do you feel like loving your enemies… … Continue reading

Does God Really Have a Plan for My Struggles?

We were sitting through another doctors appointment, waiting for another test, another answer, and yet we were still in the same place. Well meaning, she said: “God has a plan for your life” I smiled…and cringed a little too. Have you heard that phrase a million times before? Have you heard it when you are in the middle of a battle that seems endless and you feel like saying, “STOP IT!” “God has a plan… … Continue reading