Encouragement 

for every woman.

April 17, 2020

On the Other Side of Tragedy and Loss 20 in the Bible Means Redemption People in the faith community may know that number 20 represents redemption in the Bible.  So, the year 2020 is extra redemptive. That sounds beautiful, right? The definition of redemption is “the action of being saved or saving from sin, error, […]

Why Is Playing So important? Play is a mode of life for some and comes naturally for others, but for people like me, it is a discipline. Does that just feel like taking a beautiful piece of citrus and squeezing all of the juice out of it?  Because of the serious nature of my personality, […]

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March 27, 2020

March 20, 2020

How to Be My True Self at Work Not long ago, I found myself overwhelmed, confused and scattered when it came to working. There was always so much to do, at all times, for so many. This started a personal pursuit for understanding true work, finding MY work and making peace with both tedious jobs […]

We were created for relationship. We survive because of relationships. We are made for relationships.  We need others and others need us. In Part 1 of this series, we studied a secure bond between a caregiver and a baby. Even if we did not experience this bond as a child, we can learn as adults […]

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March 13, 2020

March 6, 2020

What Does it Mean to be Your True Self? Who is my True Self? What does it mean to be my True Self? Maybe you have asked the same question. I was confused for many years about this Self that was the real me. It seemed to me that the real me was not quite […]

“I think one way God uses our comfort zones is to understand more of Who He is, and, unfortunately, I think the typical view of God is fluffy clouds, cupcakes and puppies. You know, all the happy stuff. But, as I mentioned in a previous blog, a life with God can be ruffled and risky. It can mean being interrupted and inconvenienced. It can mean taking a chance on someone or even putting your life on the line for another. These things are uncomfortable, and, as Joyce Meyer has said, we need to “get out of the boat.”

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February 28, 2020

February 21, 2020

Focus: Marriage

As I look back on the past 14 years, if I had to choose the most important thing that has led to our marriage success, I would choose submission.  Note, I am defining marriage success as being still married and living in peace and joy with one another.  It doesn’t mean we don’t have areas of improvement.  However, we are a team, one flesh in Christ, and we are improving together.  Now back to submission. Submission to God and one another, in love, has been the single most transformational catalyst in our marriage (no pun intended).  Through the years, God has graciously taught us and shown us His love.  He has taught us both how to love one another with His Love.  You have to understand, love is from God and is God.  Love does not exist outside of God.

“Sometimes thoughts or feelings begin to creep in, comparison begins to strangle that joy.  As I pray through those thoughts, those feelings, I realize that my “abundance” and other’s “abundance” looks different.  I realize that that it is my choice on how I am going to live, how to respond and it’s my choice how to move forward.  It’s ok not to be ok, but it’s not ok to stay that way!”

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February 14, 2020

February 7, 2020

Sister, I need you to hear this- there is a real enemy and real war against you, but I don’t want that to intimidate you.  God has designed women for war from the very beginning, so be encouraged- you don’t need anything more than what you have right now.  God has already given you what […]

“There are no coincidences with God. He can use you – just as you are and just where you are. Even if it’s a really crummy place. Perhaps even more so if it’s a really crummy place. God has never worked in me and through me more than He did during the times I was walking through the darkest valleys of my life. As we navigated the illnesses and deaths of our two boys, God gave me the desire to be open, honest and vulnerable in sharing our story. What started as an intent to share medical updates in an efficient way, turned into a platform for sharing our hearts and what God was doing in our lives. And He used it. He used it mightily. Words penned from my sons’ hospital rooms traveled farther and reached more lives than I ever could have imagined. I sat beside their beds, wondering, “Why him? Why us?” while pleading with God to change our circumstance, but what He did was so much more. A place that held the worst moments of our lives was also the place He used us the most.”

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January 31, 2020

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