January 2016

What You Don’t Expect When You’re Expecting

Five Things New Moms Never Saw Coming Our response to new experiences can break us or make us. As a new mom, you expect great things. You envision sweet cuddles, lullabies in the quiet of the night, and bliss around every corner. While all of these things are a part of it, the hard reality of motherhood is often far from the expectations. I did this new mom thing twelve years ago and then again [Read more...]

To the Mama Who Feels Like No One Listens

My kids don’t listen to me. Moms, you know the scene all too well. You give direction and instruction to your children from birth to graduation. You teach them how to wipe, how to put away their toys, and how to be respectful to adults. Day in and day out, gentle wisdom flows from your mouth like the soft waters of a babbling brook. You look at your precious little ones and not so little [Read more...]

5 Boundaries to Help You Break Busy

How many times have you answered the congenial greeting, “How are you?” with, “Crazy busy!”? Our days are filled with long lists of have to’s, want to’s and need to’s. Busy has become a status symbol proving our value and worth. If we stay busy then we must be important. I feel the stress of living on the hamster wheel of crazy busy. I remember one [Read more...]

3 Things You Can Do Today to Have Grateful Kids Tomorrow

When I think of an ungrateful kid, Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory instantly comes to mind. Her infamous story of bratty rich kid turned bad egg is the ultimate example of how not to raise a grateful kid. Veruca’s dad gave her everything she ever wanted. When Wonka wouldn’t give her a golden goose, she sang, “Don’t care how, I want it now!” [Read more...]

How Do God-Sized Dreams Become Reality?

“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity. “ ~Pierre Auguste Renoir I am an absolute chicken. I am not one to take risks. I don’t wear trendy patterned fabrics. I eat vanilla ice cream. I have no desire to try “dangerous” sports like wakeboarding or skydiving. I like comfortable and certain. There is, however, a dreamer in me who thinks about big, new [Read more...]

The Me I Want to Be and the Me I Am

There is so much talk this time of year about becoming your best self. We set our sights on words like thin, organized, and disciplined. It’s enough to make a soul feel dejected and discouraged. Consider this thought: there are great adjectives that describe you right now. Let’s not get so focused on the person we want to be tomorrow that we miss the beauty of who we are today. For [Read more...]

What is the Secret to Reading My Bible More?

So you decided to read the Bible more—now what? There are a lot of words between the covers of that holy book. Where do you start? The things in there can be so hard to understand. It can be downright intimidating. You may hear others talk about reading the Bible every day and wonder how in the world they pull it off. What is the secret to reading the Bible more? I am one of those daily [Read more...]

5 Questions to Ask When Stuck Between Rest and Perseverance

This week was supposed to be awesome. It is the first full week of the year which means goals and checklists should be in full force. Instead of working on goals, I am simply surviving. A common cold went rogue on me. I have struggled to breathe and stay on my feet. I tend to push through most hardships, my eyes firmly fixed on the finish line. I didn’t have the heart or the energy for [Read more...]

My 10 Favorite Books of 2015

I read 48 books in 2015 and narrowed the list down to my 10 favorite books. After several years of neglecting one of my favorite hobbies, I set a goal to read at least 2 books a month in 2015. I started the year with a list of books. That list grew longer and longer. Several books from that list are going with me into 2016; there just wasn’t enough time for all of the words. I discovered [Read more...]

My Five Goals for the New Year

This is the post that almost didn’t get written. How’s that for starting the New Year off with a bang? It is almost 2016 as I write this. The Crimson Tide is rolling on the TV. There a few giggling sleepover girls in my bed watching Rhett and Link. And I am tasked with putting my 2016 goals in written form before morning. Y’all. I’m tired. I am ending 2015 tired. I stay [Read more...]