Perfect Hair, Pretty Houses, and Other Fading Cares & Concerns

What am I chasing after? What am I running towards? What is constantly on my mind? What do I dwell upon most often? What thoughts occupy my mind the most? Lately, my answers to these questions would not impress anyone. Decorating my home. Buying new tables and rugs and candles and shower curtains. Looking pretty.… Continue reading Perfect Hair, Pretty Houses, and Other Fading Cares & Concerns

Purposeful Parenting: Having a Father’s Heart (Guest Post)

Hi friends. Father's Day is coming up very soon, so I'm honored to share my first guest post with you, written by Chase O'Dell. Chase is a husband, father, preacher, author, and blogger at bridgewayministries.com. In this post, he shares some of his personal journey in being a dad and how having a father's heart… Continue reading Purposeful Parenting: Having a Father’s Heart (Guest Post)

Made To Be Surrounded: On Friendship, Convenience, and Excuses

I used to dream of a house with a wraparound porch, wood floors and old handles on the drawers and doors. It would have a long dining table in a room full of windows, bay windows. It would have lots of natural light. It would have a living room with lots of seating for lots… Continue reading Made To Be Surrounded: On Friendship, Convenience, and Excuses

Still Waiting: When You’re Losing Hope With Every Year

Another year, another reminder that you’re still waiting. Another change of seasons comes and goes. And here you are, feeling defeated, disappointed, heartbroken, again. Every year it gets harder to hope. Because every year, you are hopeful that this time next year will be different. And every year, it never is. When time runs long,… Continue reading Still Waiting: When You’re Losing Hope With Every Year

When I Followed My Trembling Heart

In the summer, you can sometimes feel the daily variance of the weather in your own soul. Florida can capture the heart like that. One particular summer held for me much more than a moodiness tied to the ever-changing skies, however. It held a journey, a pilgrimage, magnetically pulling me in, yet causing my heart to tremble. I'm… Continue reading When I Followed My Trembling Heart

My Struggle with Me [How Imposter Syndrome & Self Hatred Fuel Each Other]

Today I am well dressed, mostly content, munching on a homemade blueberry pop tart. And I feel like the biggest imposter you ever did see. It’s a feeling that stops by for a visit every now and then, more frequently than I’d like, especially in the past few years. It becomes more typical. I now expect to feel… Continue reading My Struggle with Me [How Imposter Syndrome & Self Hatred Fuel Each Other]

The Sweet Seasons, Not Needing God, and How 3 Words Change Everything

There are three words that could forever change the way we live our lives, if we knew that we would hear them at the end of it all, when all's been said and done. These words could propel us into wildly seeking God with all of our hearts in every season of our lives, if… Continue reading The Sweet Seasons, Not Needing God, and How 3 Words Change Everything

The Monday After the Miracle: When Holidays are Hard

I have to be honest. Yesterday, along with the rest of social media, I posted an Easter photo of my husband and I. The reasoning is simple. On holidays, people like to see family photos. That's the way it is. So I posted the photo. What everyone who saw that photo didn't see was the heart… Continue reading The Monday After the Miracle: When Holidays are Hard