What’s Your Love Equation?

  Recently I was waiting in the return line at our local Costco. That line during the holiday season is a test of patience and determination. I survived, feeling the workers should toss confetti at me for my significant accomplishment. However, something much more special happened. As my kids and I were waiting, a toddler who had just learned to walk came out of nowhere and wrapped her arms around my daughter’s legs like she was a long-lost friend. We … Read More

Teaching Your Children Thankfulness

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  Do you have those instances in your life that just stick out? You can see them so clearly? One of those of mine is from a doctor’s visit when I was a little girl. I had to go to the doctors and as I left my doctor gave me a tennis ball. He was an avid player and always had a crate of balls in his office. I was so excited. I remember as soon as my mom and … Read More

When You’re Longing For Change

    I’m not a winter person. I’m not even a fall or spring person. Summer is my jam, and if it were up to me, I would live in an area without wintry weather. However, I live in Michigan. The winters here are cold, gray, and filled with snow that never seems to melt. And we saw the sun only a whopping two days in January this year.   Michigan winters are heavy on my soul, and I’m counting … Read More

Random Acts of Kindness

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    If we all stopped and thought for a minute, I am sure we would all be able to come up with a story to share about a Random Act of Kindness that was either done for us or someone we know. Whether it was the time an unknown someone paid your restaurant bill, the person in front of you at the drive-thru paid for your coffee, or you looked outside and saw that your sidewalk had been shoveled, … Read More

Love Keeps No Records of Wrongs

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I am honored to be participating in the 31 Days of Marriage Guest Series with Jordan Harrell. Please check out the other posts and even sign up for her 31 Days of Prayer for your marriage!!!     I don’t think anything can truly prepare you for the first year of marriage. That year is like a rite of passage we all must go through until we fully experience the true beauty of marriage. No amount of pre-marital counseling or … Read More

Joy for All People

  One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is get up early, snuggle under a cozy fleece blanket with coffee cup in hand, and gaze at our Christmas tree as it dimly lights the room. In Michigan, more often than not the ground outside the window is covered in white, glistening snow. The peace and joy I feel as I sit there, looking at my tree in the quiet of the morning, warms my heart.   … Read More

Waiting for a Zip Line

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  When my husband and I were newly married 12 years ago, we purchased a starter home that we planned to live in for five to seven years. It was meant to get us through until we were ready to build our dream home. The one that my husband had imagied designing and building since he was a young boy. We are now more than half a decade beyond that original timeline, our family has grown to six people, and … Read More

What Does The Bible Say About Being Thankful

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Why me, Lord? Why is this happening to me? Why do I have to be going through this circumstance? What is my future going to look like? How am I supposed to give you thanks when I am in so much pain? How am I to praise your name when I feel so alone? Giving thanks and praise to God in the midst of hurt, pain, and suffering is hard work – Hard. However, it is precisely what the Bible … Read More

3 Truths God Taught Me In a Decade of Mothering

  I have been a mother for a decade, yet this fact still does not seem real to me. It feels like just months ago I was holding my first baby in my arms. In reality, I became a first-time mom ten years ago, and less than six years later, I was a mom of four. Over the past decade, as my oldest has grown into a beautiful young lady, I have grown both as a woman and as a … Read More