Archives For Encouragement

Why We Don’t Celebrate Santa

December 15, 2014

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If you know me at all you know that most would consider me a radical. But, really, is there any other way to describe a Christ follower? I tend  to reference this scripture a lot but it’s a great one to have memorized.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)

Do not be conformed. In other words, other people should be able to see that you, my dear, stand out from the rest. That there is something that sets you apart. Because you are set apart. Continue Reading…

Yeah, so the term Highly Sensitive Person {HSP} is making the rounds on Facebook nowadays. Because, you know, we all need another label.

And this one? I wear with pride. Cause it is me to a T.

Here is a link to the description of what a Highly Sensitive Person is.

My husband is really sweet and tells me I have Disney princess eyes. Sounds really romantic, doesn’t it? I’m thinking it’s more because my eyes become like saucers when I’m in an undesirable environment. Large crowds? My heart will begin galloping at Kentucky Derby speed. My eyes dart around looking for any form of empty space to retreat to. While my husband is pressing in, going toward the crowd pulling six youngin’s with him. All the while doing his best Fezzik impression.


Andre the Giant in The Princess Bride. Continue Reading…

Friendships When You Struggle

November 24, 2014

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This past year, which I am now naming “The Struggle,” was survivable because of the love and support of a thoughtful handful of friends. There were so many times that I would cry before them or over the phone. When I would lay my broken heart before them. They were there and they stayed there. They didn’t turn away because this was too heavy for them. So this is where I want to thank them. Though a small blog post hardly does them justice. Continue Reading…

Learning to Communicate

November 7, 2014

Learning to Communicate -{photo compliments of the gifted Pranee Loffer of Beauty for Ashes Photography}

This past year, since our move from the Carolina’s to Nashville, it has been a painful transition. As I said in my last post, I thought this was going to be easy. I thought for sure I was strong enough to go wherever God wanted to lead us. I mean, my goodness, I was open to becoming overseas missionaries. Wow, my heart was in the right place, but

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. (Proverbs 28:26 ESV)

If you read last year’s posts you can see how fast the listing/selling/moving process went. And it was crazy because my husband had asked me if I would be up to moving to Nashville and I immediately said yes. We didn’t sit down and talk about it. There really was no discussion, no pros and cons list was made. In my heart I wanted to lovingly submit to my husband. I wanted to encourage him in his work and if moving to Nashville was how I was going to communicate my love to him then that’s what I was going to do. I never once thought about how this would impact our relationship. Continue Reading…

My friends, I’ve been in hiding. I’ve been hiding because I was afraid of the words that I’d share. I was afraid that I couldn’t be that uplifting Christian woman that encourages you.

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I had everything planned out. I was going to travel the world. I was going to speak Life to others. I was going to give everything up for Him. I became a follower of Christ at 18 years of age. The world was before me. And then it wasn’t. I thought that sacrificing myself for others to hear His word meant traveling and speaking out. I didn’t realize it meant giving myself within four walls to six tiny little bodies and to one faithful man.

Being a mother is the greatest sacrifice. To put yourself below others is ridiculously humbling. I thought I could be Katie Davis. I thought I could give everything up. That this world had no grip on me.

You guys, I can’t even move one state over.

This has been the most difficult year of my life. I have realized I’m not as strong as I thought I was. And speaking with other mothers…I’m not alone. Continue Reading…