When Circumstances Overwhelm Us

I have friends in Houston, Texas, and surrounding towns—you may also—who are experiencing the rains and winds of Hurricane Harvey's lingering effects. For all that can be predicted, they know they have to wait and then live through what actually comes. And that's hard. At the same time, all other challenging matters of life haven't…

Prayer for New Beginnings

Is a new beginning in front of you? New beginnings occur daily. We start a new job or gain more responsibilities, move in to a new apartment or house, move to a new city, start dating someone or become single again, get married, or have a baby. If you're a mom, a big part of…

To Know You Are Loved Deeply

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are moms! I hope you experience a giant glimpse of how cherished you are by those you love! Whether you're a mom or not, it's a blessing to have days when we taste the beautiful love that God has for us. God knows how you and I…

The Power of a Smile

Picture this. Your child or husband glances your way or walks in the door—and smiles just at you. It's a moment, fleeting yet formative. We love our family most, so it makes sense that their smiles are of greatest value to us. So, this means that our smile is of greatest value to them. It's…

Perspective for Your Right-Now Season

“They grow up so fast.”  Whenever someone said this to me, I paused for a second, thinking, I should probably appreciate her well-intended words.  But silently I reacted, Right now, it’s not going fast enough.  Days can be long.  Hard seasons feel endless. Mothers on the other side of our current season look in their rear…

In Hard Times, Surprised by Peace

As I turned the calendar page to December, I packed for a quick trip to see my Mom in South Carolina. Christmas decorating, shopping, and baking would need to wait until I returned to Houston. My birthday would fall within our visit, so I was particularly grateful for the timing of this trip. My sweet…

Surrender Is A Strength

Becoming A Peaceful Mom is available on Amazon!  I'll save you a minute ~ Just tap here to purchase.  Today I'm sharing a little piece from the book—and a day in my life—with you . . . One afternoon I was overwhelmed by my inadequacies, discouraged by my seeming failures as a mom, and exhausted…