How To Give When We Feel Empty

I don’t have anything else to give. I'm tired of trying. I’m done. Do you have anyone in your life who is just hard to love sometimes?  We try. We pray. We seek advice or perspective from others. We try again . ,. and sometimes we get tired of trying. God knows we are going…

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…

A Daddy-Daughter Story

"I hope I'm doing okay at what God still has me here for... I pray a lot... but there's not much else I can do." Rocking on the back porch looking out at the marsh, Dad softly voiced his heart as mine quietly responded with admiration and sadness. Later, I scribbled his words to paper, adding:…

Undeserved Love

The other day I was looking through my "Save It" box, a storage bin packed with our kids' homemade cards and art expressing love. Perusing these brought smiles, audible Awww's, and a full love tank for this momma. Then out of nowhere, I just got overwhelmed. Streams of regret flowed down my face as not-so-sweet…

Passionate Pursuit {day 29}: A Tall Glass of Grace

Do you ever beat yourself up emotionally? I do. Sometimes even before I get out of the bed in the morning. I wake up and “it” comes to mind. That thing I did or said – again. My friend Joanne Ellison invited me to guest blog at Drawing Near to God today.  I hope you'll join…

Living FREE

I regret not spending more time.... I've been handling her disrespect the wrong way. I wish I could undo the damage I've done. The things I said... still play over and over in my mind. Regret. A familiar fork-in-the-road of everyday life. One road leads to captivity. Holding on to our regret... it begins to…

Conquering Anxiety

Find freedom from anxiety. Approach the throne of Grace. "The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians…