How to Overcome the Fear of Starting Over

It’s been nearly two years since I’ve written anything for someone to read. A lot has happened both good and not so good. I felt that I needed to take a break, to regain my life off the screen so to speak. It’s hard to split yourself, your time fully to two things. Penning these words has been hard, each one pokes the fear…

Happily Ever After Does NOT Exist

The story of two people falling in love, overcoming all odds to find happiness and live happily ever after is a MYTH, a legend, a well known story but false and inaccurate. The assumption is made that the happy couple live out the rest of their days in constant happiness, at least that’s what they say. Every “good” story ends with “and they lived...

WHY I DON'T SAY AMEN WHEN I PRAY

Etiquette and tradition mean very little to me. Just because it’s ‘always’ been done a certain way doesn’t mean it should be done that way. Just because ‘they’ are doing it doesn’t mean that I should. I guess you could say I’m a rebel. I’m NOT about...

We've Been Called

There are many things in this world trying to convince you of importance. They call to you, they infiltrate your homes and seek to inform your identity. Naïvely we skirt around them, flirt with the idea of them all the while letting...

The Best Marriage Advice

When it comes to marriage there are thousands of survival guides out there. Self help books with 6 steps you can take to a better marriage. When you get engaged people are quick to offer advice, their own thoughts...

The Secret to Slowing Life Down

I was told in high school that days are long but years are short. It didn’t register then I had limited context with which to plug it intobut now I see the truth in those words. Some days feel like eternitythey stretch...

Abundantly Blessed

We as children of God have been abundantly blessed by His grace and presence in our lives. It’s hard to see though. As Christians we get so caught up in what we are to do, how we are to live and how others perceive us...

Does God Think I'm Good?

If you would have asked me this a couple years ago my answer would have been a resounding yes. I would have had a complete list of reasons why I was good in God’s eyes. My resume would have been full of...

The Beauty in the Mundane

 go about my days cheaply as they have become mundane and monotonous. What purpose do dishes and clothes, little hands and bills have in the greater story at play? Mundane has set in as life becomes routine, predictable and deprived of any special meaning...

Why Marriage Is So Hard

I always thought I was a loving person until I got married. Everyone told me what a nice a person I was, how great of a girl I was. In eighth grade at the end of one of my basketball practices, Mr. Jones, my coach, went around and told everyone what strength he saw...

Why Hope is Never Lost

I am at that place again where I feel forgotten, where words combat words, where unknowns stretch out forever, where life seems hopeless. It’s a revolving door; life is made of hills and valleys. But mountain top experiences are long forgotten when the cold of dark places takes over. Hope seems easily lost...

How to Get the Spark Back When Mundane Takes Over

Marriage can become mundane. It seems to fade into the background as you move along. It becomes routine as you complacently go about life. Your life with your spouse soon appears dull, unadventurous, tedious, lifeless, and on the verge of becoming annoying. The spark that once ignited the relationship seems to have been extinguished by some...

The Secret to Dealing With The Unknown

It’s been a repeating stage in my life, where I find myself surrounded by unknowns, not sure WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. That moment when you realize just how little control you have and how much you have to trust, that God is who He says He is, that it will all be ok...

The Gospel According to a Teacher

I live in a world of little hands and little minds. I'm an elementary teacher. It is definitely one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs that has taught me so much. I’m going to tell you about two very different days in the life of a teacher....

Why I Gave Up Perfection For Lent

I grew up in a Lutheran Church.  A blue eyed little girl excited to sing loud the Hymns, to listen to the stories and to prove my worth and goodness. Every year, I looked forward to the time of Lent with longing anticipation. It was a time every year where I felt purposeful. A time that...