Lessons Maddie has taught me

Twelve years ago yesterday, I held the most precious, wide eyed, soft skinned little baby my eyes had ever beheld! The next day, after the labor pains and still exhausted, my lessons began. The hard knocks of parenting were leveled at me. I got my first taste of judgement and learned the hard truth that…

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Another Look at Proverbs Thirty One

From the time I was pronounced as a bride, I have been admonished to live up to the character of this woman. Not that that is a bad thing, but it can be quite intimidating and daunting a task, even for a woman that feels guilty for resting. One of the most peaceful words of…

Choosing Discipline

Okay, so maybe it wasn't the smartest thing to do - cycle almost 5 miles in the heat of the day, especially after suffering with side pain, heartburn, and indigestion for over a week. But, at some point I decided that I had to do something for myself, for my health, for my mental well…

Barren

Barren. That word stings whether you are unable to have one or unable to have more. There is something that feels unnatural about that. Barren. You picture cracked dirt and lifeless ground. And it resembles what it feels like - a curse. I was the girl who dreamed big! Big aspirations, big plans, big families!…

One Stone

"What are you doing here?! You are conceited with a wicked heart!" I can imagine the glare in the older brother's eyes as he stared down at the boy before him approaching the battle lines. I can also imagine the fair headed boy, looking up with wide-eyed wonder at that accusation. "Dad sent me here…

Humans for sale

Humans for Sale Today as I lay down trying to ignore this aching kidney pain, I'm not ignoring the plight of millions worldwide. We may not know them by name, or even recognize their faces but we could be one of them... In the wrong place at the wrong time at the hands of the…

Not just an American Girl®

I have literally been stressed this Christmas. I don't usually stress about trivial things so being hugely stressed over one toy on the list is mildly ridiculous. But I am. What is this toy? An American Girl doll. My mommy heart wants my baby to be happy. I want to see eyes sparkle and feel…

Body image issues

Body image issues I recently heard that a small group won't let a divorced woman lead them in a study about marriage. Why? She has repented and been redeemed, not to mention, faced the foe she is encouraging them to fight and resist! Why? She has learned the hard way about what it is to…