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…

When We Encourage Our Child

My children never said, "Mom, I need you to encourage me." In fact, there were times when I did encourage a child, and he would say, "You're just saying that because you're my mom." Well, I was saying it because I'm his mom. And I meant every word. "I have sent him to you for…

My Book Release Is Today!

Becoming A Peaceful Mom releases today! First, I praise God and mark his faithfulness with awe. This book is only possible by his grace. Only God. All God. I’m filled with passion to share the message that I believe He placed on my heart and developed in me over the years. My heart is in the pages of this…

You Make A Difference

“Mommy, what’s that?” Our 6-year-old son watched as someone carved a roast on a TV commercial. He hadn’t been introduced to this meat yet. I smiled, There’s so much he hasn’t seen yet in his young life. Years later, my husband and I were planting a new church. A young woman in her twenties attended…

Love That Inspires

Recently, I had the pleasure to hear Bob Goff speak. He wrote Love Does, a really good book. He challenged us to live out Jesus's second commandment: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Mark 12.31) We can love so many ways, sharing God's love through us to another: Text, tweet, email, call or speak…

Peeking in Prayer, Glimpsing Glory

Images of all sorts provide memory of the days surrounding Terrell's heart attack. Thankfully, powerful evidences of God going before us all along the way eclipse the scary images. One beautiful picture imprints my heart. Before our kids left the hospital for the night, we gathered around Terrell to pray for him. Kneeling and standing,…

Seeing the Sweetness of Submission

"I'm okay.  You stayed last night.  I want you to go home tonight.  Trust me; it's okay.  You need some sleep." Neither of us slept the night before. Submission. I have worked on this our whole marriage. Well, actually, long before that. But tonight, I cried out to God, "There is no way I'm leaving…