• Forgiveness is a Choice We Must Make

    “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you”–Matthew 6:14 (NIV). As legend goes, a now-famous feud began with a dispute over the ownership of a hog. The feud escalated and lives were lost on both sides. The battle between the Hatfields and McCoys continued for 12 […]

  • The 4 things I needed to tell my mom

    Dear Mom, I just need you to know how much I really love you. Our relationship is far from perfect and we’ve had our share of ups and down but you’ve always been there for me (sometimes in your totally overprotective way) but none the less you have shaped me, loved me and nurtured me for […]

  • Learning to forgive

    I’ve experienced a lot of hurt from others, and God still wants me to forgive them… From the pain, I found that forgiveness can be a daunting word to think about or even sometimes say when I know there are people I need to forgive for peace to live in the same house as me. […]

  • Practicing forgiveness

    There are countless lessons that one learns in their lifetime. Some lessons happen in an instant and some are progressive, taking months or years to be learned, often increasing in difficulty and depth. But there are some that can never truly be mastered, at least not in our own strength, because they are not connected […]

  • Emotional abuse: The invisible train wreck

    In hindsight, I never felt my relationship with my husband of twenty-two years was abusive. One would certainly think it would be so easily detected; so easily felt. I would have never believed it could have been part of my life. The abuse had crept into my life effortlessly and I subconsciously learned to survive […]

  • Confessions of a Female Pharisee

    How I overcame prejudices to love unconditionally Years ago when I was ‘perfect’, I would listen to women’s struggles and prayer requests, tilt my head and judge them to hell and back. Abortions, sexual sins, wayward children . . . Clearly they were not walking a true Christian walk. Right? I grew up in church […]

  • Facing an unexpected storm…

    I sat on the end of my bed holding my hands over my face and began to weep uncontrollably. I felt so all alone, torn, confused, ashamed, bitter… Because of my poor choices and sinful, selfish desires, my entire world had come crashing down. My marriage was falling apart right before my eyes and I […]

  • Give thanks in all things.

    Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 How can we have a grateful heart when we feel like we’ve failed, let others down, feel hopeless, and hurt? Well, I think we’ve all found ourselves experiencing a life’s devastating situation or not close […]

  • Marriage without loopholes

    Kick him to the curb. Move on. You deserve better. You’ve got the escape clause, get out now while you can. File for divorce. That’s what Matthew 19:9 says, right? If your spouse commits adultery, you’ve got a get out of marriage free card. It’s the loophole scripture, right? When learning your spouse has committed […]

  • Dead old lady…

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)   I love traveling but I’m not one to enjoy packing and I really dislike unpacking, (I’ve been known to leave a half-unpacked suitcase on the floor for well over a […]