• Character,  Ministry,  Uncategorized

    Unbearable

    “God will never put you through more than you can handle.” If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. These are words that glide off the vast majority of Christian tongues whenever calamity strikes. They are meant to encourage, and are spoken in all sincerity… The problem is… it’s just not true. I’m about to shatter some “holy grail” of Christian philosophy for a lot of people, but the scripture people are referring to actually says this: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;…

  • Character

    When Hormones Hijack Your Emotions

    Quickbooks 2015. A brand new install, sleek and powerful and ready for a new school year. Honestly, it couldn’t get much better than this. The grand features and brightly colored graphs were magnificently thrilling. It was just beautiful…. So beautiful in fact, that tears started streaming down my face in a steady, prolific flow. It’s a wild ride, I’m telling you.   Recently, because of a medication, on regular intervals and without fail, I have these profuse tearful reactions. It is not because I am an overly sentimental person or prone to be teary. It’s not because there is anything that would truly be moving to me. It doesn’t matter…

  • Character,  Miscarriage

    Where Fear & Faith Switch

    I heard someone say recently, that no matter how brave people seem, every person has a fear. It may be heights, or death, or the IRS, or losing your job, or drowning… My greatest fear? Growing up it was a superficial one. I was afraid of being buried alive. For years, I insisted to those around me that upon my death, all organs were to be extracted from my body so I could not wake up in the grave. And then, just in case, I wanted someone to assemble an air horn above the grave, with a cord tied to my hand, so I could yank it and alert the…

  • Character

    She Wears Pink Glasses

    Mixed up in a pile of drawings from my grade school years, is a crayon portrait of my mother, and a list of facts about her. “My Mom wears draw string jeans. She likes turtle necks. She wears pink glasses.” I’m not sure what my little brain was thinking, or why I chose to talk about her clothes, but turtlenecks and pink glasses were not the reason I was drawing a picture of her. I drew my Mom because she was my hero. She was the one that painted pictures on shirts for me, and did my hair every morning, obliging me with my choice of spunky and colorful hair…

  • Character,  Ministry,  Prayer

    Are You Ready for Church?

    Comb your hair, straighten your tie and pull your suit jacket on. Strap on your heels, dust your hair with a final cloud of hairspray and take one last look in the mirror. Grab your purses, your Bibles, your keys and head out the door. You’re ready for church. But are you ready for church? It’s easy to forget the entire purpose of coming to the house of God. Our motive shouldn’t be fueled by an empty obligation to fulfilling the social protocol for being a Christian. We don’t go to church simply because that is “what we’re supposed to do.” The purpose of coming to church is to set…

  • Character,  Money Management,  Single Girl

    Sorry Wal-Mart

    I actually used to be quite cynical about Valentine’s Day. To be fair though, it is a single girl’s DUTY to be cynical on Valentine’s Day. Who else is going to gag over all the girls swooning over lavish gifts and laugh at the men sweating bullets over their presentations? It’s kind of the unspoken rule when you are single, to be grossed out on Valentine’s Day. Plain and simple. But deep down… well… I’m about to shed a little light on all that gagging… It’s a survival mechanism. When you walk through the store as a single girl and the aisles are packed full of giant teddy bears, the…

  • Character

    The Ugly Truth about Hurt

    As much as I hate to admit it, I was lying in bed last night, trying to fall asleep, when those scenes began unfolding again. My mind swirled with the unsolved mysteries of motive. It wasn’t the biggest deal in the world but it just kept nagging me. I wanted to tell that person a few things; diplomatically set the record straight. I wanted to make sure they and whoever they influenced with their unbridled actions got the true story. But, believe it or not, I’m actually brighter than that. Chasing redemption for hurt feelings, no matter how well you have planned your execution, is a slippery slope. I knew the…

  • Life as a Wife

    It’s Still Summer

    Well, after a long blog hiatus while we were settling into new territory, I am back. 🙂 Not only back, but refreshed, encouraged, and uplifted by the Lord.  I have many things I want to write about, but for tonight it will just be a “life update.” After our short adventure in Missouri, Mark and I journeyed on to our original destination in Arkansas and it has been a tremendous change of course for us. After months of what seemed to be an endless string of disappointments, we found ourselves sitting in the parking lot of a well-known country church near Texas. Mark was confident about this move, but I…

  • Character

    I Am Not A Proverbs 31 Woman

    This morning I read Proverbs 31. It’s kind of crazy, but I realized that I actually tend to avoid anything branded with “Proverbs 31.” A book that includes it in the title… I’ll pass. A blog named after it. No thank you. A radio broadcast with gooey encouragement about cleaning up Cheerios. Power off. It’s certainly not because I am averse to disciplining my life after the model set before us in scripture. It’s not because I don’t desire to be like her. It’s not because I have anything against her pattern. It’s because the term has become so misused and abused that it simply does not measure up to…

  • Healthier Living

    Trim Healthy Mama on the Learning Curve

    Today makes one full week on “Trim Healthy Mama”.  I’m still working my way through the book, but, since I am reviewing it, I thought I would share a few of my experiences about being on the “learning curve.”  I have been implementing the concept and have definitely already seen some encouraging results.  In one week, I have lost 4 lbs. and 5 inches, so I’m a pretty happy lady. 🙂 (I will add that these were MUTANT pounds that would not be budged in any manner previously!) And if you still aren’t impressed with those numbers, (though I do not advocate this!) they were in spite of several instances…