Tag Archives: struggles

[To Be Seen]

For two years she has wanted simply to be seen. For much longer than that, really, but especially since the move away from all she’d known. From all her children had known. From  being known. (Because back then and there she had been seen and known through years of friendships that felt like favorite shirts and Sunday after Sunday surrounded by the same church family and living in close proximity to actual by blood family.) So if she ever felt unknown and unseen back then and there, it felt nothing like after the move.… read more

Hope Heals is out TODAY :: #hopehealsbook


Amid the swirling fears of the unknown and the losses stacked higher than the victories, a question kept bubbling up to the surface of my mind: Will you trust Me still? And I decided that no matter what lay ahead for us, we could not let anything obscure our view of the God who inexplicably gave us everything, even in the taking away.

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Thanksgiving is my favorite {a 52 weeks of gratitude post}

It’s a bit embarrassing that I’ve gotten behind (again) on my 52 weeks of gratitude posts. If I’m counting correctly, this is my sixteenth post, but it’s been nineteen weeks since I began. Ugh! And THIS month of all the months to slack up on gratitude.… read more

what to tell the kids (and yourself) about Paris and ISIS

Right or wrong, we generally try hard to protect our kids from watching the news. They know there is evil in the world, but I guess we just want to protect them from the details for now. Yesterday during a football game, a news bit came on that left Elijah asking what happened in Paris.… read more

39 is just fine: {a 52 weeks of gratitude post}


I’m 39 now. And it’s ok. It’s good. 39 is just fine…

and I’m convinced that 40 will be just fine as well. Exciting, even, because who knows what is yet to come?

Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life– gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.

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when things don’t go the way you’d like || in the wait


Without going into much detail because, believe me you’d rather I not, I had outpatient surgery early last week. Not a huge deal, but was something I’d been waiting to happen for a while to relieve some discomfort. The procedure had already been rescheduled once, so to say I was eager to get it done and behind me is a big old understatement.… read more

gratitude challenge: {seven} a beautiful offering


The book A Beautiful Offering, written by Angela Thomas, is one that I first read three to five years ago and I keep coming back to it. It’s one of those with tired, dog-eared pages and all the underlining.

{via amazon.com}

In A Beautiful Offering, Angela works through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.… read more

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