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…

The Greatest Inspiration to Obedience

Love is the greatest inspiration to obedience. I look over my life and see plenty of disobedience - toward my parents and then also toward God. I loved my parents and I knew they loved me. I love God and know he loves me. So, why did I disobey as a child and why do…

Motivated By Love

You're so patient with me, God. I've thought this countless times over the years. Each humbling experience leads me to one overwhelming realization: You really do love me a lot.  Have you ever had that feeling? We're speechless because we don't deserve this love, yet we're so glad and relieved and grateful and in awe... "...for God…

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…

A Tall Glass of Grace

Do you ever beat yourself up emotionally? I do. Even before I get out of the bed in the morning sometimes. I wake up and "it" comes to mind. That thing I did or said - again. "Guilty" pours over me like a film. The heaviness of being disappointed in me is almost suffocating. Lingering…

Unexplainable Love

We found our way to the airport gate.  Anticipation building, Terrell and I watch for our daughter, who's living on another continent, to come around the corner.  I've grown to understand my mother's words:  Distance makes the time apart feel longer. As I glimpsed her face, emotion overtook me.  I jumped up and down and…