journaling

Forty Favorite Things (A 40th Birthday Indulgence)

For my son’s first birthday, I made one of those cute posters of his accomplishments and favorites. It included things like saying da-da, playing ball, and all things trains. Today is my day to make my own birthday “poster.” As a writer/blogger, I have this little space to mark my own progress and promote my favorite things. It’s a bit indulgent, but forty seems like a [Read more...]

How to Find Hope in the Remembering

Some of my most valuable possessions are in a plastic box with a snap top. It sits on a shelf in my garage surrounded by Christmas decorations, out-of-season clothes, and old VHS tapes. As I prepared to clean out the garage last week, I pulled my treasure chest off the shelf. Because it’s stuffed full, the top opened with a pop. There, tumbling out, came three-ring binders, spiral notebooks, [Read more...]

The DR Diaries: The Day I Understood My Smallness {Day 1}

Earlier this month, I traveled to Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic with Christian Medical Ministries of Alabama (CMMA). They partner with our local university (which happens to be my alma mater) to give students an opportunity to connect their area of study with ministry through short-term missions. This was my first medical mission trip and my first time in the Dominican Republic (DR). I [Read more...]

5 Songs to Include in the Christian Writer’s Playlist

I remember the days before Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon Music, where a swipe of the finger pulls up your favorite songs. I even remember the pre-CD days, when I had shoeboxes of my favorite music neatly organized beside my stereo. In my high school days, I kept a blank cassette tape in the jam box. When I song I liked came on the radio, I would rush over and press “record” so I could [Read more...]

She Reads Truth: The Story We All Share

Do you ever find yourself in the pages of a book or on the movie theater screen? The Little Mermaid captivated me in the junior high years. Emerging from childhood into adulthood isn’t a graceful transformation. Ariel knew exactly how I felt. I remember singing “Part of Your World” with such gusto and heart. Wandering free, wish I could be part of your world.  Ariel’s [Read more...]

Reasons We Want to Relive a Day and What to Do About it Today

My kids help me stay up-to-date with what the cool kids have on their playlist these days. One of the songs they introduced me to is twenty one pilots’ “Stressed Out.” It’s a bit of a whiny song for this up-and-coming generation, but one of the lines stuck with me. Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol’ days, When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re [Read more...]

Breakthrough Insights from an Astonishing Answered Prayer

I learned some things about answered prayer from two Hondas and three friends. It started with a 2002 Honda Odyssey. I really wanted my minivan to make it to 300,000 miles. I babied her, took her to my mechanic faithfully, and beamed at the progressing odometer. It’s not so much because I was attached to her, I just don’t like a car payment. When the oil puddles started growing, I [Read more...]

How to Write When Your Words are Broken

What do you do when you host a link up, but you don’t have anything to say? I’ll tell you. You get real thankful that the writing prompt is obstacles. I had some deadlines earlier this week that kept me hopping and some hard writing I needed to do in order to work through some of my own issues. When it came time to sit down and write about obstacles, I drew a blank. Initially, I [Read more...]

Dealing With the Doubt Behind the Discontent

Do you remember what a tumultuous mess you were as a thirteen-year-old girl? With the basic needs of food, shelter, and health met, you still wanted more. You craved relationship and pushed the people you loved away. Everything was going right, but your heart still felt twisted up and wrong. Unsettled. Discontent. Puberty is a beast. My emotions have returned to that of a thirteen-year-old girl. [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...]