July 2015

Five Soul Fillers

In the early days of motherhood, I didn’t think much about the gas tank of my soul. I gave a lot and then wondered why I felt empty all the time. After reading Jessica Turner’s The Fringe Hours, my eyes were opened to the great need to gauge my soul’s tank. Giving too much without taking the time to refuel leaves me tired, frustrated, and sometimes just plain ugly. For [Read more...]

I Gave My Name Away

Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory. (Isaiah 43:6-7) I stood in the registration line with a handful of eager women, waiting to receive my conference notebook and name tag. This was one of those “I am a writer” moments–my first writers’ conference! Over 700 women converged on [Read more...]

Dear Long Term Planner

Dear long term planner, Life has been a breeze so far.  Recent college grad, engaged, life has fallen into place smoothly.  You have been blessed with strong women surrounding you; all care deeply for you and mentor you.  Much of what they have said has been recorded for a future day, it doesn’t seem to apply now.  To date, you cannot recall a prayer request that wasn’t answered [Read more...]

5 Favorite Podcasts

I like to do at least 2 things at once. It’s a sickness. I am aware. I fold and iron laundry while watching Downton. I call out multiplication facts while I cook dinner. I read a book on the elliptical (but not the treadmill because I’m graceful like that). I flip through magazines while I dry my hair (thank you, Jessica Turner!). For folks like me, the podcast is [Read more...]

Proverbs for Kids: Walk this Way

Walk this Way is part of an ongoing open letter to my children. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 When you were a sweet, itty-bitty baby, you went where I went. Whether wrapped in a soft blanket in my arms, or strapped securely in the stroller, you were with me. [Read more...]

The Holy Delay

By the time I turned 18, I had my 5-year plan figured out. Graduate high school. Enroll at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Marry David. Graduate Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. Get a job. Buy a house. Have a baby. Bam! Five years mapped out from beginning to end. I be-bopped along that pathway with a few little bumps here and there. Statistics almost marred my 4.0. [Read more...]

Save This Link

The interweb can be a wonderful thing. It is information at your fingertips! My husband is the king of utilizing its power to grow his library of useless facts. Once his curiosity is peaked,  he is off to engage with Wiki and Google to chase information like Alice down the hole. His most recent searches involved yellow jackets, Marcia Gay Harden (thank you, Kimmy Schmidt!), and baby rabbits. I, [Read more...]

How the Minion Movie Made Me Feel Like a Bad Mother

“Have you seen the new Minion movie?” It started off as an innocent question and led to this whole inner struggle with my value as a mother. I was chatting it up with a kid at church, making small talk about summer and school starting soon. I asked him if he a had seen the new Minion movie. I took the girls on Friday so I thought we might be able to talk about it. It was an attempt at [Read more...]

The Battle for Your Heart

Dear Tired and Lonely Self, You are in the middle of one of the hardest periods in life–raising two small children. You work all day, then you come home to work some more. It is often a single-parent gig as hobbies take your husband away on evenings and weekends. You won’t admit it to yourself, but you are becoming bitter and angry. You are on the battlefield and you don’t even [Read more...]

High Five

I almost didn’t write this. It has been an exhausting week in my world and I didn’t think I had the energy to think of five good things. I have hobbled around on a broken toe, worked extra days, gotten up early to meet deadlines, and yelled at my husband after leading a small group where we discussed not being a pushy broad. Then it hit me: weeks like this are exactly when I need to [Read more...]