The Abundant Life: P2

The Abundant Life: P2

I keep expressing that good things can come out of bad things. Perhaps I haven't expressed this on my blog. I'm uncertain. Nevertheless, it's about time that I proved it. It's no secret that I've really been struggling during this pandemic.  I never realized how much impact those family gatherings had on my life. During [...]

Sharing and Bearing

Sharing and Bearing

Sharing burdens isn't always easy. There are certain people in my life that I'm willing to share things with in detail, while others I may give a short variation of the same story. Some may even find me very closed off. My walls go up immediately. Trust has a lot to do with how much [...]

Troubles

Troubles

I've been troubled by troubles. Not simply my own. Seeing people that I care for struggle has been difficult for me as well. There's a lot of it out there, and for someone who is very empathic (points to self) life has been draining.  I messaged my friend Ronda about how I was feeling and [...]

Pure Joy

Pure Joy

I really like the sound of pure joy. How about you? Pure joy sounds amazing actually. While looking through my drafts, the following verse spoke to me. However, I wasn’t feeling that pure joy. Infact, I was feeling quite dry, which is ironic considering all of my water metaphors lately.  Yes, dry, burnt out, and [...]

Waves

Waves

Sometimes faith feels like a battle upon the sea. I can succumb to really negative thinking patterns. These are definitely waves to me. If I don't get into a more positive thinking rhythm I can quickly start to sink like a stone as hope fades. Joy soon follows. Scripture tells us to take our thoughts [...]

The Abundant Life: P1

The Abundant Life: P1

I was sitting out under the magnolia tree one night thinking. One of my best friends likes to sit under an apple tree. I've been meaning to offer a warning about the dangers of sitting under fruit trees. Just ask Sir Issac Newton. On the bright side, Sir Newton did learn something. It only took [...]

Contentment

Contentment

Sometimes I'm so surprised by how the Holy Spirit leads. I'll be focused on one thing… looking for something specific, then He'll draw my eyes in a totally different direction. I love it when this happens. I'm also so glad that He does. I would miss so much. In those moments I'm quite inspired and [...]

Grace

Grace

Friday morning I felt lost. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a dire kind of lost, more like a "what am I going to do today?" kind of lost. It's hard when you don't have a schedule. I'm not good at managing myself. I'm so glad that I have Jesus to help me. I'm a mess.  I [...]

Plowing Ahead

Plowing Ahead

We use the term "plowing ahead" to say that we are continuing to do something difficult or unsuccessful without resistance. Or as Paul the Apostle would put it, we press on toward the goal.  What was Paul's goal? It was a deeper relationship with Christ. As I think about plowing ahead two things come to [...]

Fiction and Reality

Fiction and Reality

Fiction and reality collide. Faceless and so busted up inside. -Fireflight/You Decide When I wrote the poem "Honesty" I was looking ahead with less than hopeful thoughts, I was also looking back with mixed feelings. Things definitely didn't go as we'd imagined. Early into our married life hurdles and dashed dreams found us. Andrew’s health problems [...]