I was shocked when I pulled up this blog and realized how long it's been since I last wrote something here. I never intended to take such a long break. There were many times, early on, when I thought of something I wanted to post about here, but I just didn't have the energy. And… Continue reading Here’s to Knowing Yourself, and to New Beginnings
Note: I'm still sharing posts from the archives while I work on my book and take time to enjoy summer. This post originally appeared March 30, 2016. I'm sharing it today because as summer winds down and we head into the back-to-school season (some of us, anyway), we can't have too many reminders about… Continue reading The Meaning of Grace
Note: I'm still sharing Golden Oldies from the archives while I take time off to enjoy the summer and write my next book. Here's one from last September. It feels relevent, and not just because of the picture (aside: I saw Wonder Woman a couple of weeks ago and I have to confess that I… Continue reading Chosen
Note: I'm still doling out posts from the archives while I enjoy my summer break. This post originally appeared March 24, 2016. As I write this note and prepare to load this post into the publishing queue, it's the Monday following my latest book launch and this message is one I really needed today.… Continue reading When You’re Ready to Throw In the Towel
Up until just a few days ago, I thought my One Word 365 word for 2017 was all settled. I’d begun thinking and praying about it back in October, and by the time Thanksgiving arrived I had decided that my word would be Faithfulness. This is definitely an area that I need to work on.… Continue reading My One Word for 2017
Sometimes -- more often than I like to admit -- I struggle with obsessive thinking. When those obsessive thoughts get stuck on a negative loop, it puts me on a downward spiral into anxiety and depression. I've learned that when this happens, I need to take those thoughts captive and redirect my focus through prayer… Continue reading Link Roundup: Struggling Doesn’t Mean Your Faith is Broken
I've never fit too well into any one mould. I'm a walking jumble of contradictions. I'm intelligent, but also spacey and forgetful. I love people and new experiences, but I'm also a homebody who craves and cherishes time to myself. I'm a Christ-follower who lives and walks in the light but who has also always… Continue reading Breaking the Mould
It takes effort to rest in the Lord. It takes mindfulness to hold onto His peace. Rest and peace are there in these stressful, anxious times, but we have to consciously reach for them and fight to hold on. We do this through prayer, through making time to just be in God's presence, and by keeping our minds steeped in the truth of His word. It also takes trust and letting go. Letting go of our own efforts to control the situation. Trusting that HE is in control and everything will work out the way it's supposed to, and that no matter what the outcome, He'll be with you, strengthening and sustaining you, holding you and carrying you.
First, I feel like I should 'fess up about something to y'all: I'm not a fan of the Message Bible. Maybe it's the writer/editor in me, but usually when I see it quoted it makes me cringe. It's just SO wordy, you guys, and I feel like God's a lot more eloquent than that, and… Continue reading Unforced rhythms of grace need to be forced a little sometimes.
One thing I always hated about having a corporate job was performance evaluations. Not that I didn't appreciate the feedback, or the subsequent raise, but the whole process was nerve-wracking, and also served to remind me that I was valued for what I did (and how well I did it), not for who I was. Since I've… Continue reading Still Leaning: A Mid-Year Review, and Looking Forward