October 2015

Fighting Fear with Truth

I had the obligatory baseline mammogram earlier this month. I am still waiting for the results. It involved getting some records from my last mammo so I have to wait a little longer than usual. The waiting is hard, even though I have no reason to suspect bad news. If we women are honest, fear plays with our emotions when we saddle up to that big machine. We worry the next suspicious mammogram [Read more...]

5 Steps to Help You Take God With You When You Leave the Table

I am so proud and blessed to be a part of The Glorious Table. If you have not previously visited, today is the day! While you are there, be sure to sign up to receive posts in your inbox. Each day, lovely writers share lovely words meant to encourage you and cover you with grace. Today, I share mine. The morning is quiet and the coffee is hot. I sit in my favorite chair with my worn leather Bible [Read more...]

You Are Worthy of Big Love

Today we get to peek inside Annisa Swanson’s book, Faith, Fat, and Other F-words. She writes a letter of encouragement to love well and be loved well in return. It could be personalized to each one of us. Welcome, Annisa! I posed a question to a circle of friends, “If you could go back and tell your 17-year-old-self, one thing, what would it be?” The responses vary from the somewhat [Read more...]

#FridayFive Smiles

One of my favorite #FridayFive writing prompts is Five Smiles. It causes me to be intentional about looking for the bright spots during the week. Life is so hectic, it is easy to save thanksgiving for the third Thursday in November. Friday Five Smiles is a platform for giving thanks all through the year. Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Psalm [Read more...]

Too Proud to Pray

I stood by my bed, the folded laundry for my family of five stacked high in front of me. Three laundry baskets of wrinkled clothes sat waiting by my feet. This was a particularly busy season in life; the housework had moved down on the priority list. My husband, in an act of chivalry, offered some advice. “If you need help, just ask and we can all pitch in.” Don’t you just love that kind of [Read more...]

Proverbs for Kids: First Things First

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 Our mornings run fast and furious. I have a little song I sing during the hour it takes us to get from bed to the bus stop. Get up, kids. Get up! Get up now or you will go to school in your pajamas! Pick your clothes [Read more...]

The Perks of Being 38

Birthdays, like New Year’s Day, are a prime time to assess one’s life. I process life with pen and paper. So, for my 38th birthday, I decided to make a list of things I have going for me. It is a good practice to be thankful on my birthday. Today’s #FridayFive is a birthday edition! I Have My Knees. I work in geriatric rehab. I am painfully aware of the fragility of one’s [Read more...]

Teetering Between Anxiety and Adventure

This is a sentimental time of year for me. One year ago, on the morning of my 37th birthday, I wrote my very first blog post. I didn’t publish it. I just held it in storage as I worked my way through blogging tutorials trying to figure out the technical side of things. One year ago, I decided to be a writer. Or call myself a writer. Or write. I can’t quite figure out the semantics of [Read more...]

Know Your Worth

I would like to introduce you to my friend, Brianna. We met around a table in Austin. In our very first conversation, Brianna opened up easily with passion and tears. She is serious about sharing the justice, love, and mercy found in the Gospel. Her heart is so big it leaks out of her eyes. I love that about her. Thank you for sharing your big heart with us, Brianna!  Mature. Develop. Adjust. [Read more...]

I Have a Repeating Problem

Hello, my name is Kelly and I have a repeating problem. It started about 10 years ago. I didn’t realize it was a problem until recently. Maybe you have this problem, too. Consider these rhetorical questions: Do you find yourself giving the same instructions to your children over and over? Does it seem your voice is mute to anyone under the age of 18 until you raise it to a window-rattling [Read more...]