• Life's Storms

    Rest = Renewal

    He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. Psalm 23:2-3 (NLT) It had been a hectic week. You know the kind. The kind where there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. The week had my patience running low and my mind exhausted trying to keep up with everything I needed to remember to do. Plainly stated … I was overwhelmed. I hadn’t let myself take a break. The kind of break where I walk away from the computer, the phone, the noise, and go to a place where I can just be. Ahh, yes! Psalm 23 reminds me that rest is part…

  • Masterpiece

    The Love Behind the Celebration of Life

    For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 (NLT) There’s a piece of my heart that holds special memories of birthdays past. My mother was the Queen of cakes.  She would design and bake a cake to fit the theme of my life each year —  a ballerina cake with pink and purple streamers and a guitar cake with licorice strings to name just two. She loved making them and making my birthdays memorable. I have since grown up, and my mother has passed away, but the tradition of making birthdays special in our family continues. Homemade cakes, however, have been replaced with store bought ones, but the love…

  • Life's Storms,  Prayer

    The Unknown and What If’s

    Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12 (NLT) Are you facing a challenge right now? Does worry have a hold on your thoughts? Are the unknown and what if’s of life weighing you down? May I say I’ve been there, too, and oh me,  I’m there once again. Life’s certainly full of its challenges, right? The good news for me is this — each time I step into this world of the “Unknown” and “What if’s”, I find myself becoming a little stronger. As I look back over my life, I can see how my faith has grown over the years because of my trials. Romans 12:12 above is a good…

  • Masterpiece

    His Masterpiece

    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions for masterpiece is “a work done with extraordinary skill; especially: a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.” Most of the famous masterpieces we know, i.e. Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel, to name just two, were not completed overnight. Years and years of work went into them. I recently viewed a video on Smithsonian.com which showed how Michelangelo used a creative technique to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It was not done…

  • Life's Storms

    Dancing in the Rain

    Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass … It’s about learning to dance in the rain – Vivian Greene It’s inevitable. Storms will come and go in our lives. Some may be gentle rain showers that fall quickly, while others may be fierce hurricanes that stall over our lives producing flood waters that rise until our hearts feel like they’re drowning — leaving us feeling defeated and completely exhausted. But, what if we could learn to dance in the rain? Would that make a difference? Instead of complaining about our storm, what if we found one positive thing we were gaining because of it — one thing that was making us stronger, wiser, better? The “cancer” storm blew…

  • Father's Day

    The Missing Piece in My Heart

    Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Nehemiah 8:10) Father’s Day has always been a day of sadness and mystery for me. I lost contact with my dad when I was very young. Every Father’s day I think about this man. What are his likes, dislikes? What traits do I have of his? Does he think about me? Does his heart have a hole, too? Growing up, I wanted to fill this hole in my heart. Little did I realize back then, the only thing that could fill the hole was God. People couldn’t fill it. Money and things couldn’t fill it. God is the only one who has been…

  • Writing

    Making a Difference in the Broken Places

    For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13 (NLT) Do you have a dream or a desire to do something that will make a difference in someone’s life? Where does that desire comes from? Philippians 2:13 says it’s God working in us. He’s  the one who gives us the desire and the ability to do what honors Him. My desire … to publish a book of devotionals for young girls who need hope in the hard places of their life. I just got back from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference this past week where I learned a…

  • Mother's Day

    My Rose, My Mother

    Mother’s Day The day we honor the beautiful women in our lives we call, “Mom.” I had the sweet blessing of having a mother who taught me about the important things in life, like having faith, believing in prayer, and never giving up. She was a single mom for ten years . Looking back, I can’t imagine how scary those years must have been for her — young, with a baby, and working odd jobs to make ends meet.  All I knew throughout those years was that I was loved. She was remarkable. Thirteen years ago we shared our last hug, right before she entered heaven’s doors. Today I wish to remember…

  • Open Adoption

    Love Multiplied

    A young mom leaves the hospital — her arms empty and her heart in pieces. She’s made the hardest decision of her life — to place her precious baby with a loving family through open adoption. Today is Birthmother’s Day. A day to remember and honor those courageous women who have chosen life for their babies … and not just life, but a special life through an open adoption plan. With this plan, correspondence, photos, and visits are shared throughout the years, and her child gets to grow up knowing how much he/she is loved and cherished. Open adoption is an amazing gift– A couple yearning for a baby get to experience the MIRACLE of becoming a mom and a dad AND LOVE is MULTIPLIED *So many MORE people get to love this…

  • Prayer

    National Day of Prayer – May 3, 2018

    “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Psalm 107:28-30 (NLT)   May 3, 2018:  I can’t think of a better day than today to write my first blog post — National Day of Prayer. Prayer is what has gotten me through so many days — seasons — of my life. I frankly don’t know what I’d do without it. I’ve come face-to-face with the power of prayer and feel so blessed to have the awesome privilege of talking with my Heavenly…