Pink Does Not Define Me.


Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It seemed my world then turned pink.  It was before breast cancer awareness month; therefore the stores were packed with all things pink. This is NOT who I am though!!  I have had breast cancer but I am NOT this disease. This is who I am. I AM a child of God.  My faith is what gave me strength to get up and face the hardest days of my life.  I sought God’s protection against all the side effects.  I asked forgiveness when the loss of my hair seemed more important than being spared my life.  I shouted for God’s glory when I came out on the other side of treatment fairly unscathed. I AM … [Read more...]

How to Become a Real Life World Changer: It Starts With YOU!


A few weeks ago, my 10-year-old daughter and I were in the kitchen emptying the dishwasher and getting dinner ready and talking about what we would be doing that evening. Out of the blue she says, “Mom, you’re changing the world!” I was stunned. It really took me back and I wasn’t sure what to say. My immediate reaction was to laugh it off because really how am I, an everyday housewife and mother of four changing the world. I don’t even have time to change the sheets on the beds as often as I’d like. So, I asked her, “What do you mean I’m changing the world?” My daughter’s immediate response was to tell me about two of my friends and … [Read more...]

“Normal” is Just a Setting on the Dryer


“Normal is just a setting on the dryer” That is my new favorite saying. I am not sure what season of life you are currently in, but if you are any where near my age, you remember your twenties very clearly.  What do you remember? For me, I almost laugh at how incredibly wrong I was about so many things, the main thing being perfection. Yes.  I once thought perfection was attainable. Once upon a time, I strived for a certain house, a certain car, and/or a certain flashy piece of jewelry.  I worked at a job that I thought would take me places (it didn’t), worked for a boss that I thought actually cared (he didn’t) and I put our … [Read more...]

Have Christians Become Too Comfortable?


My bed is so comfortable. A few years ago my husband and I invested in a memory-foam mattress that conforms to my body and I love it. Combined with a nice warm down quilt and my snuggly pillow, it becomes the worst kind of temptation to stay in bed much longer than I should. Most Americans live a fairly comfortable life. We have air-conditioned homes and cars, phones that keep us connected to information at all times and every other modern convenience at our fingertips. We don’t have to hunt for our dinner or scrub our laundry on rocks. But for those of us that are followers of Christ, have we become too comfortable? Are we too … [Read more...]

How Can I Bless His Name with the Same Mouth that Curses Others?


She gave me a dirty look and treated me like I was beneath her. I hadn't done anything but tell her I didn't know how to help her. I was new at the job and she was impatient. As she walked away I found myself calling her a name that I shouldn't even let cross my lips but I was angry. No, she didn't hear it but another person standing by did. And there I was--exposed. Embarrassed. Wrong. I did it one worse... I shrugged it off and said nothing else to take it back. It wasn't until later that the weight of what I did hit me. It was when I was talking to God. I was busted, exposed, and embarrassed. I truly believe He sent me to … [Read more...]

Praying for Wisdom: Chilled Caprese Pasta Salad


“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”― Miles Kington Ah, such wise words!  I love this quote and use it often when speaking with my children.  To me, it sums up the difference between knowledge  and wisdom like few other quotes can. If a magic genie ever appeared to me, I would not ask for coffee or chocolate (shocking, but true).  Instead, I would request wisdom.  Maybe it’s because I have teens who ask me tough questions or maybe it’s because I have made the mistake of speaking before thinking one too many times - who knows?  In my 40’s, I am finally learning to pray before I open … [Read more...]

“MWAH” Will Never Be a Real Kiss


If you spend any time in social media networks, you might find this situation familiar. I belong to a Facebook group.   The group is composed of a number of moms who share common ground.   The posts that surface in the group should also reflect that common ground.   But there is a problem. Inevitably, someone posts a hot topic--too hot, in fact, to be posted into an online venue with no context.   And someone else is offended.   In fact, the someone else is livid, and in a heated exchange of rapidly-moving fingers--several sets of them as others decide to join in--there is a virtual 15 rounds before an administrator must step in.   What … [Read more...]