Friday, November 29, 2013


It might be Black Friday madness for some, but today, I'm celebrating! The transition from Blogger to Wordpress is complete.

The new

Still a few bugs to work out, but mosey on over and connect with me there!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Before Jesus left His disciples in John 14, He assured them of His intentions and His return. He didn't want them to worry about His absence so he encouraged them with what He had in store.

I know I'm not Jesus. I don't have the credentials to promise a heavenly mansion, but I'm confident in Christ over the earthly direction we're going.

Surprising update: I will be interviewed on Cynthia McCutcheon's "My Journey Of Faith" radio. The live broadcast will air tomorrow at 2:30 pm EST. I'd love for you to show your support and tune in.

In the meantime, designing in Wordpress has me a little stumped but I'm plowing through (need your continued prayers!)

If you remember a few posts back, a prayerful plea went out for vision casters. Actually, I love Holley Gerth's description better...a Dream Team! I have a dream (and no, this is not inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. - smile). It's a simple dream.: encourage women. Point them to Christ in the tough trenches of life. I need those willing to capture the vision and dream big with me!

Are you willing? If so, let me know through email.


Monday, August 12, 2013


The family visits of my past never quite ended with peace and laughter. Mostly stress, chaos and turmoil ruled the discussions and a tension headache ended my goodbyes. To my blessed surprise the other day on vacation, I sat joyously around three generations reminiscing over the details of stories long forgotten. I felt love.

Families aren’t always a joy to be around when being around them hasn’t always been a joy. But God has a way of redeeming the lost memories and bringing closure to the past hurts caused by sibling rivalries, parental neglect, family disappointments, estrangements or even loss caused by a death in the family. My encouragement: don’t give up on Him, because He hasn’t given up on the family connection.

He “sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land” (Psalm 68:6-NKJV). Be open to His process of healing and restoration. It took the next generation to connect me to my past. I pray God’s faithfulness connects you to yours and it causes joy to rewrite the stories long forgotten in you.


Monday, August 5, 2013


Who doesn’t dream of her wedding day? And with an entire industry devoted to making those dreams come true in the details, it’s no wonder a girl dreams big. From garter to garnish, designer dresses to decadent desserts, caterers, jewelers, banquet hall staff, clergy, event and wedding planners alike make it their life’s mission to ensure “happily ever after” gets packaged with the “I Do!”

But once the gifts have been opened, the honeymoon bags unpacked and life settles into its normal pace, many women find dream weddings don’t guarantee a perfect marriage. What do you do when every year becomes less blissful and more painful? What do you do when the option of marital counseling falls on deaf ears? What do you do when the man you promised your heart to doesn’t want anything to do with his “I Do” promise? What do you do with the anguish, the isolation, the neglect and the increasingly loveless existence?

Where is your comfort, brokenhearted wife?

I don’t claim to have all the answers. I do know who does. That’s not a trite response, but a covenant promise from the Lover of your soul.

A few years back, Dan and I hit the darkest point ever in our marriage. A slow accumulation of past baggage, life’s mounting disappointments and how we communicated our true feelings kept tensions thick. Deep down, he feared losing his best friend; I feared losing my way back into our marriage. Love had nothing to do with our situation; unresolved hurts did.

We needed help. We cried out for help. We sought help. Help was NOT easy. Never is. Even if it means you get help for yourself, get it. You are of no value TO yourself when you find no value IN yourself.

Surround yourself with accountability. When we isolate, we vacillate. We second guess God’s irrefutable words for insults, slights and slams to our character. When He says we were “fearfully and wonderfully made,” that does NOT mean we are “good-for-nothing” women. We need to remember God speaks truth over us and He uses trusted vessels such as counselors, clergy, friends and loved ones to carry out His noble cause. It’s when we feel less-than surrounded in our own home we need to cling to this promise...

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present
help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Set your affection aright. Nadia (name change) just epitomizes godly character. Though her husband is diagnosed with a degenerative, neurological disease which causes him to become verbally abusive at times, this 80+ year old sweetheart continues to bless and pray for his salvation. When it becomes particularly difficult, she sets her gaze upon Jesus who loves her. It doesn’t stop the tears from flowing, but she finds comfort in Christ for her broken heart. It is that same comfort which gives her the unconditional love she needs to love her man without conditions.

I pray, like He did for Zion, that “the Lord will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing…Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults” (Isaiah 51: 3, 7).