Take Time to Give Words That Matter

A friend sent this card to me several months ago.  She's a mom with 3 little children, but she took time to share some kind words. (not to mention find a stamp and then actually get the card to the post office). Why do I still have it?  Her words spoke encouragement. "Therefore encourage one another…

Dealing With Regret

Recently, a friend shared how burdened she is with regret in a particular relationship. She worried that a friend would forever be wounded by how she treated her and doubted whether she could ever forgive herself.  Have you ever felt like that?  I think most of us have. Today I thought I'd share an adaptation…

The Power of Being Thankful to God

Not too long ago, I felt stuck. Sometimes it's an emotional stuck—I don't feel like I'm growing forward or I can't seem to move forward regarding my view about a relationship, a change, a circumstance, or a decision. Other times it's mental or physical—I can't seem to decide what step to take or to take the…

Beautiful You

When I go to a wedding, my favorite moment is when the groom sees his bride before she walks up the aisle to him. Sometimes his eyes brim with tears, or he works to manage emotions bursting inside him, or he takes a deep breath that seems to convey his overwhelm by this gift that…

Where Has God Brought You, Today?

I stood among 700 women I'd never met, smiling on the outside and second-guessing on the inside whether I should be here. Then the ballroom lights dimmed, the worship band began, and as if on cue after the first verse, tears streamed down my face. I wasn't sad but overcome with gratitude to God. I…

All Of Life Is Not Right Now

  It was February. My involvements were comfortably manageable (which wasn't often the case), and I liked the rhythm of my week. Then one morning when I was praying, this thought came, "Step out of everything." Wait, what?! "Step out of everything." A baffled reaction whirled in me over the next few days—This doesn't make…

Things I Learned After I Said Yes

I have no idea how to do that!  Where will I find the time?  Uncomfortableness and overwhelm hovered in my heart. At the same time, a stronger pull captivated my attention. Only months had passed since our move from Texas to South Carolina, and the days were full. . . Have you ever noticed how…