Feels Like a Quittin’ Day…

Some days feel like quittin’ days. Some days cause you to look around your world and wonder, “What am I doing wrong? How am I such a mess? Why do I keep failing, and where is that peace that seems so readily available to everyone else?” Chaos is calling. Kids are fighting. You have lost…

Beauty From Ashes

I’ve had something on my heart since yesterday morning after listening to a very brave woman share the story about how her life was affected when she lost her son to suicide not so very long ago. She closed her video with a plea for people to “stay.” She wished she could help those suffering…

What are You Holding?

This morning I sat in a pew and listened to my husband give a message to our church family entitled, “What are You Holding?” As he stood there physically holding a power point clicker in one hand and metaphorically holding the attention of the congregation in the other, he challenged those listening to look at…

The Presents of God

Some people hate surprises, don’t likeĀ parties, and could definitely live without the battle that ensues when trying to free the package their grandma just gave them from its layers of tape and wrapping paper, but most EVERYBODY loves presents! If the person giving you the present knows you and knows what you like, then the…

One Simple Paragraph

Sometimes when I have nothing profound to say, or simply no energy to produce a heart felt, thought provoking piece of writing that challenges and encourages its readers, I still find myself with restless fingers that long to tap, tap, tap on my computer keyboard. No lesson is begging to be revealed. No wisdom is…

The Sticker Chart

If you have a child, you either have experienced the joys of potty training, or will soon do so. I’ve heard of many different methods used by many different people for the purposes of potty training, but none as popular as the famous sticker chart. You know how it works. A potty on the toilet…

Not The One For The Job…

Imagine walking into a law firm with a resume in your hand containing a list of all your skills and several part-time jobs that you held while working towards your degree. You finally received your diploma and knew that it was time to jump right into the work force. It was time to follow your…

Good Friday?

If you really think about what took place so long ago at Calvary, it’s a curious thing that we have taken up the habit of calling the day of Jesus’ crucifixion “good.” Of course all kinds of good came from that historic day. Literally, the hope of humanity was fulfilled on the day Jesus lay…

Don’t Make a Mountain…

Have you ever stood at the beginning of a week and upon seeing all of the busyness that lies therein, you feelĀ about one anxious thought short of a panic attack? I’m facing one of those weeks right now. Chore on top of chore on top of responsibility on top of responsibility on top of errand…

Revisions

When you are writing, (whether it be a blog, story, poem, book, sermon, song, or any number of other things that you can create when putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard) and you finally set the last period firmly in place, you can look back over what you have accomplished, and you will…

Enter the Messmaker (Part 2) It’s All in Your Head

I have conformation! A sighting has been made! In fact, millions of sightings! Did I just say millions!? Yes, millions! Millions of Messy people… I mean REALLY messy people, roam the great United States. Millions of people exist who know exactly, or at least relatively closely, what I am going through. I am not the…

Enter the Messmaker (Part 1) A Journey Beginning

Warning: the contents of the following blog may be disturbing, and should not be read by anyone who cannot handle sinks full of dirty dishes, piles of unfolded and unwashed laundry, or if you are a mother who will feel the need to chide your grown child after reading these words. Furthermore, this blog has…