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Did God Choose The Wrong Mom?

Do you ever wonder if God chose the wrong mom for your children? Have you had that aching feeling inside that just maybe someone else could do a better job? I have to confess, many times during my journey of being a parent I have let those feelings and thoughts permeate my mind. I had wondered why on earth God would designate me when failure seemed to be written all over my parenting style. After all, this was the one...

Will You Let Easter Pass With Just A Glance?

As I approached the week before Easter, I heard myself rationalizing why I could let it pass with little fanfare. I figured I have a strong faith where God is in my heart all year, not just this week. Surely God would understand if I didn’t focus on “Holy Week.” After all, I was already focusing on the work I was doing for him. BUT, I was so wrong to think I could let Easter pass with just a glance....

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Hoping that you find joy in your day, love in your heart, and Jesus as the most valuable present, you unwrap this holiday season. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. Isaiah 9:6-7a  Maybe...

When Holiday Traditions Hurt

Maybe you are a little bit like me, and planning for the holidays and creating lasting traditions is just who you are. You love the sweet rituals that the holidays bring but what happens when you find yourself in a place where the holiday traditions hurt? Maybe circumstances have made the traditions impossible, or someone is missing from the celebrations. Traditions once loved can now feel unbearable to carry on. Back in 2008, my heart ached at every step of...

Can We Skip Christmas?

  Thanksgiving is behind us, and Christmas will be here before we know it. I am already exhausted just thinking about it. Is anyone caught in that place where you are wondering – “Can we please just skip Christmas?” As I sit here organizing my long Christmas to-do list, gifts to buy and people to see, I am wondering how on earth I can add more to my already overtaxed schedule. As I get down to the 99th item, I...

Navigating The Holidays With Mental Illness

The holidays are here! For some, this brings feelings of excitement and anticipation of wonderful gatherings full of joy, family, friendship, and love. I say if that is you – embrace it and enjoy every second of it! What if you have a family member that struggles with mental illness? You may be entering this holiday season with caution. The question burning in your head may be, “Will we find any joy this season?” Then again just maybe you are...

Blessings In The Midst Of My Child’s Mental Illness

I know many of you are thinking how on earth can a “Mom” put the word “blessing” and “mental illness” in the same sentence. I thought that too, until it had become apparent that I had changed for the better through this experience with my child’s mental health challenges. Let me make it clear; I am by no means saying, “mental illness is a blessing.” It would be so unfair and incorrect to make such a bold statement.  However, in...