The Birth of Hope

The A newborn baby inspires hope. The earthy, metallic smell of birth mixes with the sweetness of Johnson & Johnson’s baby lotion. It reaches your heart through your nose. A smile tickles your lips just as you start to talk in a silly voice that you wouldn’t dare use in an adult conversation. Babies are a phenomenon of hope and expectation. My sister recently gave birth to her [Read more...]

Five Hopes for a Promising New Year

The last few weeks of the year I am drawn to reflection and projection. I look back on all the last twelve months held and dream big about the next twelve. Before I start making lists of all I will do, I want to consider all that I hope for the new year. Five Hopes for a Promising New Year Hope for Big Faith I believe God. I really do. I believe He can do big things, things that absolutely blow [Read more...]

Before Mom’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

I am so pleased to introduce you to Lauren Flake of Love of Dixie. Lauren and I met through the For the Love Launch Team. We’ve maintained an e-relationship over the months. She is one of my girls. She challenges and encourages me week after week. And she is such a good writer, pouring words from her heart. Dear Lauren, age 22, You are graduating from college, idealistic and naive, and [Read more...]

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...]

Let Go of Stinking Excuses

Everyone dreams. Sit down in the quiet with a cup of coffee and allow your mind to wander. Where does God take you? What dream has He put in your heart? A little over a year ago, I took some time to dream. Guided by Pathway to  Purpose by Katherine Brazelton, I allowed myself to dream God-sized dreams. I dreamed of writing. I dreamed of discipling women. I dreamed of extending my reach beyond my [Read more...]

Why Do Good People Die?

Sometimes I don’t understand God. I met a precious lady at a writers’ conference in July. She was beautiful with bright eyes that said, “I know Jesus.” I asked her about her writing. She shared about a book she started when she recovered from cancer six years ago. I affirmed her with high eyebrows and a bright smile. That is a great story. My face melted into concern when she shared the [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...]

A Prayer for Broken Passion

I have been thinking about passion the last few days. I meet so many passionate people as I make my way through the Old Testament. Hannah spilled her passion on the floor of the temple in the form of tears as she prays for a little one. David danced passionately down the streets of Jerusalem as he brought the Ark of the Covenant home. Naked, no less. Hosea had a passion for Gomer because God [Read more...]

Jesus Take the Big Wheel

Today’s Letter to Me is from my friend, Amanda Rosler. We met through Jen Hatmaker’s For The Love Launch Team. She is such an encourager! She blogs at Abiding Trust where she both encourages and challenges her readers to live with a deep trust in God. Please welcome, Amanda! Dear 6-year-old self, Amanda Rosler, age 6 You see this picture? In your 6-year-old world, everything seems to [Read more...]