Category: Devotionals

What’s that Smell?!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Last Sunday, we spent the morning like any other. I made breakfast and got the kids ready for church. I ironed clothes, fixed hair and actually put on some makeup. We weren’t even running late. It was basically a Sunday morning miracle. Our drive to church takes us about twenty- five minutes on two lane…

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To the Momma in the Silent Years

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Somewhere, there is a momma in the silent years quietly wiping down a high chair. Breakfast is over and her baby is babbling on a blanket as she takes a minute to clean up applesauce and tiny puffs that have spilled across the floor. She will spend so much of her day pouring out love…

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A Response to the Unwritten Letter

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Dear friend, Your heart is safe here with me. It is a brave thing to admit that you aren’t as okay as you claim to be most days. It is okay to concede that maybe you need a little help. I know that most days you can keep your fears under control. Those whispers of…

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What You Won’t Find on Google

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

There are some things that you just cannot Google. I mean, I suppose that you could enter whatever search terms that you wanted, but there are certain things that even “Dr. Google,” and “Peace of Mind Google,” and “Am I Normal Google” cannot answer. I joked with my husband for quite a while about writing…

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The Truth About Ruining Your Kids

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The first diaper that I ever changed was my son’s. I didn’t have any younger siblings or family members. I hadn’t spent my teenage years babysitting. The opportunity had just never presented itself. What a shame – I know. I did open a package of newborn diapers about a week before I went into labor.…

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What Women Need to Say Out Loud Daily

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

“I am not responsible for everyone else’s happiness.” Her sippy cup landed on the floor. We were in the middle of a complete tantrum. “I want juice!” I tried to rationally explain to her that we didn’t have any juice and that we don’t throw a fit when we don’t get our way. There was…

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The Church that Decided the Wounded were Welcome

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I saw an old war movie once. In it, there was a scene that depicted a make-shift hospital. Wounded and injured soldiers were aided into the medic tent as bombs and gunfire could be heard raining in the background. I have never been to war, but I have seen many movies with similar scenes. I…

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An Unpopular View: What I Hope You Will Become

Monday, May 19th, 2014

You turned three today. You are a perfect picture of carefree beauty. Life bubbles up from inside of you and spills over your edges. You are a compassionate heart, a considerate spirit, a breath of life and freedom. Years from now, as you look back on these words, my prayer is that you would not…

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You Call Me Out Upon the Water

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

We aren’t the spontaneous type. With two preschoolers, we try to stay ahead of whatever chaos is eminent. This requires planning – planning to go to the grocery store, planning to go run common errands, planning when we will eat and nap and play. Life doesn’t always work out the way we plan…. But we…

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For Those Who are Hurting

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

On a cold December night a few years ago, I made myself a cup of hot chocolate and grabbed my favorite blanket. The news had reported perfect viewing conditions for a meteor shower, and for whatever reason, I didn’t want to miss this one. We live on the edge of a small town in NW…

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In the Morning… When I Rise

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“Mooooooooma!” A wild-haired, sleepy-eyed, nearly 3 year old calls to me from her room. “Mooooma! I’m awake! Come get me!” “Shhhh, baby girl! I’m coming! Bubby is still asleep!” “Momma! I’m awake too!” a groggy second voice echoes down the hallway. “Well, Bubby was still asleep.”  I mutter under my breath. Light floods in from…

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Broken Mirrors

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Every morning, (well, the mornings that I actually put on makeup) I use a handheld mirror to look at myself up close. This is usually my last step. I’ve put on the foundation and color and plucked and curled and touched-up, and when I think I’ve gotten everything just as it should be, I pick…

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For the Days When I Have Lost My Cape…

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The other day, I took on a huge reorganization project. I had just gotten to the part where everything was torn apart and a crazy wreck, (You know, the part just before everything starts to look a little better) when I realized that the laundry was waist deep, the dishes were strewn across the kitchen…

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Sandbox Lessons

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

With the arrival of Spring came new sand for our backyard play area. My kids have spent what seems like every waking hour out there scooping and shoveling and digging. This afternoon, we invited our friends over to play with us. The group quickly abandoned the idea of the sand pile and came back inside.…

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Why I’m a Mess & That’s Okay

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

I was on my way into the grocery store the other day (my life seems to revolve around very little other than shopping for food, making food and cleaning food off of dishes and people.) And I walked past a little vending machine with a small Christian magazine inside. On the cover was a photo…

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