When We’re More Focused on Next than Now

I spend a lot of time focused on NEXT rather than NOW. My thoughts are toward the next thing that I need to do: When I finish this, I'll begin that. After I drop her off, I need to run to the grocery store because we're out of bread. While he's with the tutor, I'll finish…

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…

A Mother’s Perspective and Prayer for May

Happy (belated) Mother's Day! Don't you like the way that Mother's Day is in May? I like to think it gives us a second wind to finish this month strong. (just kidding) When our children lived at home, I loved the month of May and I braced myself for May. I loved that the school…

Just Today

Some days I find myself sighing before I get out of the bed, aware of all the stuff that's somehow supposed to happen in this day. The reality is some items for the day, I placed there. Like... ...6 months ago when the receptionist asked if this date works for all 3 children to have…

Passionate Pursuit {day 30}: Where Rest Is More Than Possible

Raising our kids, these words frequently fell from my lips: "I'm just gonna sit here for a minute." (Swing, floor, chair...it didn't matter. Sitting just felt so good!) "I'm not answering that call. I need a minute."  (This was hard because I was torn between talking to another grown-up and not saying or hearing any words for a…

When Things Are a Mess

My house is a mess. Every.single.room. Even the hallways. The stairs are lined with things that need to go up. Every flat surface has stuff on it. I'm ready to be finished. But it takes time. Bringing disorder to order. And it's not the only thing going on right now. But isn't that always the way?…

Too much… or so much?

At times in my life, I've thought, "This is just too much." Too much to deal with. Too much to balance. Because I'd over-committed or over-scheduled, sometimes it was too much. My husband Terrell and I are moving to Houston, Texas this month. We're excited for the new adventure to which God has called us.…