Missing Someone at Christmas

Leave it to a cemetery to be the one place I can seek refuge from the scurry and stress of the holiday season. There's a sense of peacefulness here that wafts through the air. The only break in silence is the chirping of birds and a soft buzz of cars passing by. The weather is … Continue reading Missing Someone at Christmas

O’ Death Where is Your Sting (Words from a hopeful mother)

Today is always a bittersweet day for me. Although it’s been 14 years, the pain is as raw today as it was then. Am I supposed to be sad, joyous, sorrowful? My emotions always run rampant on this day. This day use to hang a deep dark cloud over me, ready at any moment to … Continue reading O’ Death Where is Your Sting (Words from a hopeful mother)

Great Are You, Lord: How to praise God through the pain

Have you been called to trust God during a season of sorrow or struggle? Let’s face it, it’s easier to wallow in our pitiful pit of despair rather than to praise God through the pain. Our flesh screams, “What about me!” but our soul whispers, “What about God?”

A Harvest of Joy, Planted With Tears

It never gets easy, celebrating your child's birthday at a cemetery--that never gets easy. Especially, on a milestone birthday like today; Aryanna would be 15 years old.  I remember the day she was born, the nurses rolling her into my room and swiftly disappearing.  I remember looking at this 8lb. 12 oz. tiny human and … Continue reading A Harvest of Joy, Planted With Tears

Joy To The World (A message of Hope to a hurting heart)

Why is it, in seasons of brokenness, God's voice seems louder, his embrace tighter and his presence closer than ever?  There's something about being broken that produces profound intimacy with the Lord. It's often in the pit of despair, where the door to God's glorious grace is unlocked. As we're surrounded by songs of Joy … Continue reading Joy To The World (A message of Hope to a hurting heart)

Handle With Care (What to do when prideful thorns have pricked your heart)

I wanted to continue this month's theme which has been focused on pride. In my last post, When Peace Prevails I shared a personal story of how pride inhibited and entangled me in a moment of anger and frustration; I responded and reacted in a hurtful and unloving way and was unwilling to concede in … Continue reading Handle With Care (What to do when prideful thorns have pricked your heart)

When Peace Prevails (2 Tips on avoiding the perils of pride)

In a moment of unfiltered, uncensored and frankly, unnecessary fury, I allowed hurtful words to shoot from my mouth like daggers headed straight for my target. Once they shot out, I knew it wasn't going to be good – but still, I said them anyways. Like a poison tipped arrow, I watched as they made … Continue reading When Peace Prevails (2 Tips on avoiding the perils of pride)