calling, imperfection, love your neighbor, purpose, value

Overcoming the Imperfection Obsession

While on a recent visit to our local ice cream shop, I said something cringe-worthy. My grandson and I waited in line and when we finally reached the counter, I turned to him and blurted out: “I’m not having ice cream today so I can get thin enough to have ice cream.” As soon as… Read More Overcoming the Imperfection Obsession

burdens, learning, sorrow

When We Think We Know It All, We Know Nothing

I did something new this week. I went back to school. Evidently my brain was due for a workout since, “I used to know this….” has been the catch-phrase of the week. It’s no secret one of my favorite quotes is by a wise man, CS Lewis. He said: “You are never to old to… Read More When We Think We Know It All, We Know Nothing

Encouragement for Women, gift, gifts, loss

When Days Don’t Feel Like Gifts

My keychain says each day is a gift from God. While I know that’s true, some days just don’t feel like a gift all tied up in ribbons and bows. You know what I mean? Those hard days. The ones when we ask… Why, God? When, God? How, God? The Father gives good gifts, and… Read More When Days Don’t Feel Like Gifts

calling, Encouragement for Women, serving, Time

Is There a Better Way to Tell Time?

No-Show. I’ve been guilty of it too, so no finger-pointing from this girl. We know how it goes. The I’ll try to make it results in I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. We have good intentions initially, but when go-time comes around, are we showing? Are we going? Try. It means to make an effort to… Read More Is There a Better Way to Tell Time?

emotions, Encouragement for Women, focus

Do We Allow Emotions to Get the Best of Us?

Can we  be real? We collectively spend an exorbitant amount of time struggling with feelings and emotions. One day we’re good, we’re getting it done. The next day we’re a blubbering mess. We don’t plan it that way and it often takes us by surprise. We say things like, “Where did that come from?” and… Read More Do We Allow Emotions to Get the Best of Us?

Encouragement for Women, Happy New Year

Why I Didn’t Get in the Car on New Year’s Day

I’m not one for cliches, are you? Of course we will wish each other a Happy New Year. It’s what we do. But I’m not one for evaluating the past and making promises for the future. Ones I can’t keep. Those resolutions never stick and who wants to set themselves up for failure? However… It… Read More Why I Didn’t Get in the Car on New Year’s Day

Christmas, Encouragement for Women

How to Find Joy in the Empty This Year

  They say my nest is empty. I never truly understood what it meant until now. It slipped in quietly while I wasn’t looking and it magnifies at Christmastime. There’s something about children in the house that adds a special dose of delight and wonder (and craziness) to the season like nothing else can. Decorating… Read More How to Find Joy in the Empty This Year