Gaining a Beautiful Perspective From Your Storm

The sky was painted with the most gorgeous pinks, oranges, yellows, and blues. I couldn’t resist taking a photograph of how they highlighted the Blue Ridge Mountains. Even my 3 year old piped up from the back seat, “Mom! Take a picture! Take a picture of the sunset!” It was a work of art we didn’t want to forget. “Do … Read More

When You’re Afraid of All The Things You Can’t See

“Daddy, I’m afraid of all the things I can’t see in the dark,” My 3 year old said to my husband tonight. And isn’t that what weighs on all of our hearts? Isn’t that the truest prayer we could pray to our Daddy God…our Abba Father? Sooner or later, we have to decide to trust God for who He says … Read More

The Difference Between Confession and Repentance

I heard a message this morning at church that gave me an a-ha moment. It gave words to what I’ve been understanding in my soul for a few years now about processing and living in true transformation through Christ. There is a difference between confession and repentance. You can say with your lips to the Lord all day long, “I’m … Read More

What God Thinks is Greater than What I think

I love hearing people’s thoughts. God created us with remarkable minds and has given us the ability to process what we notice and experience in this world thought by thought. More than that, though, He has revealed to us what He thinks through His Holy Word. So what I value more than what a person thinks is what He thinks. … Read More

It Won’t Always Be Like This, Dear One

Some days you just need reminders of hope more than others. In the darkest, deepest, most barren seasons, the slightest glimmer of hope can melt the coldest sensations of wandering, lost-ness, and despair. Hope comes like a snow peppered songbird proclaiming that spring is on the way. This voice of encouragement soars like a bird returning from its migratory season … Read More

The Art of Writing a Letter

I’ve written all sorts of letters throughout my life.  Letters to my parents from camp, postcards with short letters to my grandparents from vacations, entries in my diaries, cards filled with letters of encouragement to those having a bad day or suffering in a particular way, emails with updates on life with pen pals and old friends, letters of complaint … Read More

How To Be More Interesting

I feel like I was a slacker in the reading department during 2013.  In hindsight, I realize I started off rip-roaring through a lengthy biography on Daniel Boone, an awesome memoir by one of my former professors called, “Booked,” a Johnny Cash book, and a Dickens’ classic I had started a few months earlier. As a slow reader, I set … Read More

Noise Canceling Headphones for the New Year

I’m surrounded by voices inside and outside of my head.  You are too.  Sometimes it gets so noisy, the roars of discord  make me want to just give up.  I bet you’ve felt that way too. These voices just about drown a person who is attempting to doggy paddle to shore, because they can’t seem to get there for the … Read More

People Just Don’t Get It. But Immanuel Does.

Ever have one of those flustered days, weeks, months, years, or even what seems to be a life time of harried moments strung together by frayed nerves?  Maybe it’s just me, but when I get in a tizzy, it often feels like no one “gets” why. Sometimes it’s unreasonable to expect people to be sensitive because they have no idea … Read More

The Kindness of a Stranger

You know what’s been on my mind lately? The kindness of strangers that I’ve experienced in my life. I can think of so many instances where people I had never formed a relationship with reached out with something that blessed me from the simplest to the most profound manner. The “Pay-It-Forward”/ “Random Acts of Kindness” movements that I’ve seen several … Read More