calm, Christmas, simple

How to Keep Things Simple This Christmas

Christmas is on the horizon and at this point, you’re either calm or you’re frazzled. You can choose calm. Last Friday I wanted to decorate for Christmas, but I was exhausted. In order to stay calm, I planned on taking things a step at a time. First I needed to “un-decorate” and put away my… Read More How to Keep Things Simple This Christmas

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

baking, Encouragement for Women, family, gifts, new self, sufficient

Confessions of a Faker-Baker

I’m a faker-baker. You too? I buy cake mixes in colorful packages, add oil, eggs, and poof, oven-ready batter. Cookies? Same thing. I’m usually buying what the dough-boy is selling. I used to feel inadequate for my lack of skills in the from-scratch department. It felt like a cheater, like that woman in the commercial… Read More Confessions of a Faker-Baker

encouragement, healing, Joy, laughter, medicine

Free Medicine and a Visit with Mary

In need of healing today? A merry heart does good like medicine. God’s natural goodness for healing up those hurts and making life sweeter. The second part of the verse says a broken spirit dries the bones. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking dried up bones aren’t in God’s plans for us. So… Read More Free Medicine and a Visit with Mary

christian living, faith, Joy

When It’s Hard to Find Joy

Ever lost something just walking from one room to the next? Glasses, keys, phone. Frustrating isn’t it? I know the feeling. We are not losing our minds, we’re crowding them-with obligations and agendas fighting for brain gigs. Then there’s joy. Unlike keys, we can’t hang joy on a hook by the front door. As believers,… Read More When It’s Hard to Find Joy

anxiety, burdens, cares, christian living, encouragement, financial issues, God, hope, Joy, surrender

Peace Beyond a Biscuit

What thoughts deluge your mind in the quiet of night and stillness of morning? For years, my daily routine brought stress and anxiety. I’d stay up late, hoping exhaustion would override the to-do, didn’t-do, should’ve done lists waiting to flood my thoughts as my head hit the pillow. Upon waking, another rush. It wasn’t necessarily… Read More Peace Beyond a Biscuit