stories

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...]

Dear Mother, Do You Feel Like You Lost Yourself?

Dear Mother, Where did you go? And how do you find yourself again? Sometimes we lose ourselves somewhere between that first sighting of two pink lines and the car full of kids we now mother. The days of refereeing fights and scrubbing gum off the sofa seem to outnumber the days of harmonious zoo trips and picture-perfect picnics in the backyard. Our lists of responsibilities far outweigh the [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...]

Time-Tested Bible Stories for the Modern-Day Disciple

The first stories in the Bible were (likely) recorded in the second millenium. You don’t need a calculator to figure out that is a lot of years! Yet these ancient Bible stories hold great meaning for the modern-day disciple. The stories in God’s Word can instruct, inspire, heal, and encourage. For today’s #FridayFive, we will look at five issues modern-day disciples face and [Read more...]

Today Is the Day to Believe What I Don’t Believe

“Mama, how many years will it be until 3000?” My middle child was apparently deep in thought in the back seat. I replied, “Nine hundred eighty-four.” Very matter-of-factly she said, “I don’t believe it.” We spent the rest of the car ride doing math in our head and debating the fact that 3,000 minus 2,016 does, in fact, equal 984 years. I was unable to [Read more...]

Mary Remembers: A Story of Light and Hope

Today, as darkness tries to swallow me alive, I find myself reliving the first days of this incredible journey. It is the only place I can find light. Light. Light is how it all began. I remember the light. How it started small and then grew so bright. I had to look away and shield my eyes for fear I would go blind. Once my eyes adjusted, I saw something or someone. I felt instant peace in his [Read more...]

Who Is Brody?

Several years ago, I met a special little boy who, through the years, transformed my understanding of God’s love for me and my adoption into God’s family. Brody Griffin is a dark-eyed, mocha-skinned beauty. His words are few and his challenges are great. Who is Brody? Brody has Fragile X Syndrome, “a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, behavioral and learning [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...]

I Hope You Dance

Today’s Letter to Me is from a fellow For the Love Launch Team member, Andrea Stunz. This lovely lady has such wisdom and grace in her words. She encourages me daily and I am so very thankful for that. She is the keeper of Empty Plate Full Heart (this post is one of my favorites) and I am honored to have her letter to share with you today. Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever [Read more...]

Brandy’s Letter to Me

I would like to introduce you to my brave friend, Brandy Lidbeck of Sip of Brandy. Her Letter to Me comes from a unique place of healing after a tragic childhood of hurt. Thank you for sharing your heart, your healing, and a piece of your broken childhood with us.  To my 10-year-old self, I get it. I get the pain and devastation. I understand the betrayal and despair. The sadness and anger are [Read more...]