I’ve always wondered about celebrating Christmas as the birthday of Christ. We don’t know exactly when he was born. Why would he need a birthday party thrown by human beings who could offer him nothing? Wishing him a “happy” birthday seemed especially over the top – his birth brought him nothing but betrayal and an … Continue reading The Birthday of the King
The holiday season is hard for single mamas. It’s hard on our kids. It creeps up on us and takes us by surprise, a sneaker wave of grief and disappointment washing over the shores of life and threatening to drag us out to sea. Sometimes we can’t put our finger on why all of … Continue reading When Holidays are Hard
Psalm 16 has changed the way I pray for my kids. Every day I pray God’s safety and protection over them – heart, soul, mind, and body. Having teenage drivers does that to a mama. I like to pray scripture, and there it is in black and white in verse 1: “Keep me safe, my … Continue reading Psalm 16 – Praying for our Kids
Not long ago, someone I knew was to be married. I didn’t receive an invitation, and didn’t think much about it, but the mother of the bride called me a couple of weeks before the wedding and asked if I was coming. The invitation had been sent to an old address and eventually returned as … Continue reading Psalm 15 – Heaven’s Guest List
Reposting in honor of Callaway Hope’s 2nd birthday in heaven.
The loss of a child is one of life’s most devastating blows. Sweet Callaway Hope lived 45 minutes in her precious mama’s arms before slipping into the arms of Jesus. The grief is crushing and the heartbreak of facing the future without your child is overwhelming, leaving a hole in your heart that will miss her until you see her again in heaven.
Perhaps life has handed you a crushing blow. A job loss, a health crisis, the death of a loved one, an unwanted divorce. Suddenly you fear tomorrow, barely able to make it through today. It feels like God has abandoned you, that he no longer hears or answers your prayers. You fear the future, unsure of how you will face the loneliness and emptiness that engulfs you today and looms in your tomorrows.
But God – The Lord – is There
In the book of Ezekiel, the people…
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a.k.a. Back to the Shadowlands How is it possible that 6 weeks have flown by since returning from one of the greatest adventures of my life? I want to remember and treasure every moment, but how quickly life pulls us back in to the realities of everyday living. But…something has changed. I’ve come back to … Continue reading Back to Reality
Dear friends, today in the USA we reflect upon the price of freedom. Memorial Day is set aside to preserve the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives for the cause of freedom in this great nation. As many have said, we are the land of the free because … Continue reading Remembering the Fallen
Dear friends, thanks for following my blog. I want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day, but I know from personal experience that wish can carry a lot of baggage. Instead, I am praying this Mother's Day blessing over you: To my friends who are mothers, may God fill your day with peace and … Continue reading A Mother’s Day Blessing
Hi everyone, thanks for following my blog! If you are new, bienvenidos (welcome)! I’ve just returned from a life-changing trip with Azmera (www.azmera.net) to Costa Rica where we facilitated a retreat for kingdom-minded cross-cultural workers. It will take a while to process all that God did in that place, but here are a few recurring … Continue reading First Impressions
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. My son has been through hell and back over the last few years. How and why is his story to tell, but on the eve of the next season of his life, I asked him what has changed … Continue reading Love Matters