Sacred Space

By some people’s standards my parents were considered “strict” when I was growing up. My twin brother and I were no strangers to getting into trouble as a kid, but most of my spankings were for 2 reasons:  my smart mouth (which still gets me into trouble today) and misbehaving in church (which I’m not…

What Winning Looks Like

She didn’t roam around the store or try to take off with 15 pair of socks or shred all the price tags into tiny pieces on the floor…

Keeping the Fire Burning

Even though my girls were outside playing today in the warmer temps, just a few days ago the mercury dipped down to the 20s and we had a dusting of snow on the ground.  In the south, a “snow day” is a very big deal.  We don’t get them often and the snow rarely stays…

The Modern Day Proverbs 31 Woman

When I was growing up, every Mother’s Day the preacher would pull out a sermon on Proverbs 31 to remind us all how a “real woman” were supposed to act and be.  I don’t recall similar sermons on Father’s Day about how men should behave…but let me keep moving. I’m going to make a confession…

Mommas: You Are Not Failing.

Last week I found myself feeling sad.  It was a combination of things.  The death of a boy in a nearby county due to a school shooting, Hurricane Matthew on a war path heading toward our state, our current political quagmire, an article in the news about a special needs boy that broke my heart….I…

The Quirky Kid’s Guide to Eternity

As most of you know, my oldest daughter is profoundly Autistic and I often share lessons we learn from our journey as her parents.  Something I do not talk about very often, however, is that my only son, my 15-year-old firstborn, has Asperger Syndrome.  Although there are some similarities with their conditions from time to…

How to Defeat the Enemy

I recently wrote a post called “How to Recognize Spiritual Attack”.  If you suspect you’ve been singled out by the enemy or have a bullseye on your back, then I hope you will take the time to read it.  This post is the promised Part 2 follow-up. Many christians are not strangers to spiritual attacks. …

How to Recognize Spiritual Attack

Life is full of ups and downs and highs and lows.  There are days when everything goes right and then there are days that make us ask, “What is going on here?” I think sometimes the question isn’t about what is happening HERE, but more about what is happening around us.   I believe that there…

Storms that Bring Blessing

I was at a friend’s house this week for a visit and she showed me some damage that had been done to her house by a recent storm.  Some of the brickwork was busted around her porch, as well as posts needed to be replaced.  In addition, they were going to need a new roof. …

It is Still Raining

Last fall our area experienced what was called a 100 year flood.  It rained for days and days.  My kids looked out the windows often and reported incredulously, “It. Is. STILL. Raining!” It was really unbelievable how much water was dumped on parts of our state in a very short period of time, causing a…

When Life Gets Crazy

Crazy.  That’s what we do at our house.  We do it pretty well.  We’re gifted at crazy.  We even have a dog that I’m convinced has a split personality.  I recently told the story of getting a 2nd degree burn in my kitchen.  What I didn’t tell was that a spaghetti squash exploded on me. …

Don’t Judge Me

I have a couple littles at my house that are crazy about bacon.  It’s an unnatural love for pork that I find somewhat disturbing, but nonetheless, it is what it is.  Recently I cooked a plate of bacon for breakfast and one of my littles, who gets up before the rest of the house, “called…