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…

Dealing with Roadblocks

Last Saturday my friend Libby and I hopped in the car and headed to her church. Boxes of my books were in the backseat, and I was looking forward to speaking and sharing Becoming A Peaceful Mom. She was eager to gather with the others who helped organize the event to finish last-minute details. Excitement and…

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…

When We Struggle To Trust God

When my boys were 1 and 2, I read my first parenting book, And Then I Had Kids by Susan Yates. Her message held encouragement, challenge, tenderness, and a refreshing perspective that I desperately needed with 2 bustling boys. I never dreamed that years later I would ask this woman whom I admire to write an endorsement…

Getting Meaning From a Meltdown

Monday I had a little meltdown. It started as a whisper, "What am I doing?" Within seconds as I looked around my workspace, my suppressed feelings of inadequacy and overwhelm emerged as tears—and another whisper, "God, I don't know how to do all this." After a good cry and a more thorough cry-out to God,…

From Worry to Trust

I am SO glad I worried about that! Have you ever thought that? Me either. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” (Corrie ten Boom) Worry wears us down and wastes time. When I give in to worry, I'm oblivious to sweet moments of the day and I accomplish little. The…

Passionate Pursuit {day 25}: Getting Answers

I.DON'T.KNOW.WHAT.TO.DO.... We whisper, whimper, cry or scream these words from time to time. Exasperated, discouraged, afraid, fretting, worn down, or stressed out. We're not supposed to have all the answers - or even a lot of the them. Every answer we need, God has. We're not gonna know the best thing to do - in…