• the eyes are the window to the soul

    Bringing Joy to the Brokenhearted

    It was his eyes that made me do it.   The soft smile on his face did nothing to mask the deep loneliness in his eyes—the type of loneliness that comes from experiencing the death of a beloved spouse.   “Would you be interested in joining our family for dinner…

  • Nurturing authentic friendships with the help of God

    Nurturing Authentic Friendships With The Help Of God

    Relationships matter to God. Our relationship with Him, as well as our relationship with others, truly matter to Him. With His help, we can nurture relationships with the richest of feelings. When was the last time you experienced the hand of God in the mist of your relationships with family,…

  • out of the darkness and into the light

    Cowardly Clyde: Coming Out Of The Darkness And Into The Light

    LIVING IN DARKNESS Cowardly Clyde was a cowardly horse who was terrified to enter the dark woods. Ultimately, he gained confidence and courage and was able to enter the woods and pull out the dreadful monster that loomed there—a monster that dissipated into nothingness when exposed to the light. We,…

  • last ounce of courage

    The Fight For Freedom Deserves Our Last Ounce Of Courage

    The evening began with bowls of warm chili and trembling, nervous tummies.   True, my children had spent the past few weeks in great anticipation of this Chili Dinner and Talent Show, but now that their turn to perform was quickly approaching, they were having second thoughts.   “What have we gotten ourselves into?”…

  • Authentic connection

    Authentic Connection: We Are All Brothers And Sisters

    A few nights ago, my neighbor, who attends a different church, is nearly 80-years-old and almost blind, made her way across the street after dark with oxygen in hand to knock on my door and ask me how I was doing. We sat in my living room for an hour…

  • the ultimate guide to strength hope and peace

    The Ultimate Guide to Strength, Hope, and Peace

    “Mom, why are all the flags around town at half staff today?” my daughter asked, gazing out the car window. It’s a question I hear on a regular basis these days, and one that, quite frankly, I’m tired of hearing. I’ve grown weary of sharing with my children all the…

  • 5-out-of-the-box-ways-to-connect-with-god

    5 Out-Of-The-Box Ways To Connect With God

    **A big thank you to this week’s guest blogger, Jazmin, for sharing this powerful piece about being intentional in our relationship with God. Her ideas inspired me to try something new. I hope that you, too, will be inspired by her words.** Connect With God Relationships will fail if we…