3 Valuable Lessons From Mom

Sixty-plus years of marriage is worth something when it comes to marriage wisdom. Although I could write a book (or two) about all I’ve learned from my parent’s marriage, I’m choosing these 3 major ones that I learned from my momma. At my father’s funeral last year, the way my father loved my mom was brought up a lot…and believe me, their grandkids and great-grandkids noticed that beautiful relationship- what a glorious example! R-E-S-P-E-C-T: I didn’t hear her bash him, discuss his weaknesses, tear him down or tear him up. If there was an issue going on between the two of them, she didn’t advertise it and she certainly didn’t share it with us kids. She was consistently showing him the kind of respect that made her...

Overwhelmed with defeat

Sometimes, you get overwhelmed, you feel far from truth, like your emotions are in control and they are bent on sending you over an emotional-melt-down-cliff. You know you are meant to be truth-centered, but sometimes, those “feelings” seem to take the wheel. It seems as if nothing makes sense and a lot seems out of control. For a moment, you feel like a complete failure. For a moment you feel utter defeat. The lies and whispers of the enemy dance in your head, only it maybe it isn’t the enemy…maybe its the truth…you don’t measure up, no one care, who do you think you are anyway… Take a deep breath. This is normal. Though for a moment it can seem as if all sense has left your brain and you feel like the biggest failure,...

When “I” show up – it can be rather yucky.

Ever been in the midst of a “happy” time only to find that your nasty self shows up? This weekend my guard was down, I was tired, I was preoccupied and I wasn’t the most Godly wife. I could blame it on the fact that my new grandson has sucked my brain out of my head (in a good way), or I could validate my words and actions by my lack of sleep. I could even explain it away with my spilling over plate(s) I’m currently juggling. Or, I could just tell the truth. I’m selfish, I got angry. Truth said. Why do we think its easier to justify, get all puffed up and point our fingers to some one else, anyone else, when in reality, it needs to land with a thump, right on our own chest. I’m not responsible for other people’s attitudes...

Spoken for

You want to fit in, belong, be a part of something, be associated with something. There are a lot of voices telling you who you are, what you need and who you need to be. From the time you were little, you were pegged for something – you were smart, skinny, short, fast, talkative…or maybe you heard words that tore you apart. Words that were meant to destroy and belittle. Maybe as time went on those words never seemed to penetrate those deep wounds. Maybe you’ve been called names, pegged for things you couldn’t help. Maybe you felt like it was your lot in life to absorb the cruel words and actions of others. You aren’t sure where you fit in…cause there is failure and fear. You don’t seem to measure up to anything or...

When life is in limbo

Some days and even seasons in our life seem to put us into a holding pattern- we get sick and miss a few days because we are in bed, recovering, there are roadblocks in the pathway to plans we had, something gets put on hold, on the back burner, something doesn’t work out, the money doesn’t come through, people cancel on us, the door is shut… There are many situations that can suddenly takeover, they  leave us preoccupied…we just aren’t our usual self. If you are in a season of rest or restlessness, don’t panic and do not despair. Although it may seem difficult to press through the day, all is not lost, your world hasn’t just ended. Lord willing, tomorrow morning, the sun will rise again – even if you aren’t...

Our Inmost Being

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your words are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14. Two years ago, as I was walking into my daughter’s labor and delivery room I was overwhelmed by the sound of one thing: Little Ezra’s heart beat. Though he was still snuggled safely within his momma’s womb, he was letting us know he was there. Beyond her still very pregnant belly – the sound of his heart, the sound of life, echoed throughout the room. Sixteen hours later, we still heard that wonderfully, consistent sound. Labor had been long and intense. Finally, very determined, Kristen bore down and Ezra entered the world. A first...

THERE’S A PURPOSE AND PLAN FOR YOU!

God so graciously gave you unique, wonderful, usable gifts and talents that were meant to bring Him glory. He placed you in this place, in this particular time for His purposes. He allowed you to endure specific trials and tribulations, temptations and triumphs so that you could speak into the lives of others. He deposited His Holy Spirit inside of you so that you could be filled with His Spirit, might and power. You not only have a place within the Body of Christ, the Body of Christ needs you to fulfill your part. There are women who need what you have to offer. Right now, there is a woman praying for help, someone who understands, a mentor, a friend, an ear to listen. Right now, in your community, in your neighborhood, in your back yard…there’s a...

May friendship, encouragement and grace abound!