Hello friends! I am sketching out the second week of March in my planner somewhat shocked by the quick pace with which 2016 has left the gate. Whew! Two months done. What have those two months held? I began January with fresh eyes and budding hope and a heart full of dreams. With two months past, … Continue reading Acknowledge & Celebrate
This year seems already to be fragile. Balanced on broken bits of the past year and full of hopes for a brighter future. A week of 2016 has slipped by and I have spent a lot of time pondering what this year will be, what it will bring me. And I have let myself dream … Continue reading Courage
Oh, how lucky the world is to have mothers, the women who always know where the thing we lost is, and can somehow do all the things, and are willing to give up time and sleep and peace for their children. The women who give everything to raise up worthy, confident, beautiful people to send … Continue reading Dear Mom:
To meet my friend Hannah is to be enamored and awed. She is a woman of God who shines like the morning sun and lives life to the fullest, finding joy and excitement in every moment. Being around Hannah never leaves a dull moment. Which is a good thing, because I love a good adventure … Continue reading 25 before 25.
I have a habit of living in the hope of the next moment, wishing for all the bright possibilities like a child laying under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, face lit from above and dreaming of what the morning will bring. I also have a habit of fondly remembering with fists held tight - … Continue reading IN SEARCH OF BEAUTY
On a morning that dawned bright and clear, my heart and my mind are anything but bright or clear, the morning echoes the gloom and oppression of each morning preceding it in this stretching week. "You can do this. You can do this. You can do this because you have Jesus," the unending chant whispered … Continue reading Abounding Love: a mess that kinda stays with you
Last year was the hardest I have ever endured. Those who know parts of my story understand the weight of such a simple statement; my twenty-one years have been filled with painful blows and crippling moments, again and again leaving me torn apart and hiding behind a smile. But last year, even that was taken away from … Continue reading Has anyone told you “You can’t do it” lately?
Tonight as I stood in my kitchen, stirring what has become my daily cup of tea, a warm thought dropped right into my head and I couldn't help but to grin at such a lovely idea. I also couldn't help but to share it with the world. So stay with me through my musings; I … Continue reading Tea Lover and New Creation
Have you ever known something so solidly that you could not be convinced of any other truth or felt something so undeniably that you could not believe the world around you didn't understand that mountains should be shaking and the sky should be falling? But then tried desperately to express the jumble that swelled inside … Continue reading Shared Words
Before I left to spend 10 weeks in a place that was completely unfamiliar to me, I had intentions and big dreams. I promised friends and family members and pastors that, yes, of course, I would keep the world updated about the adventures and lessons with which the Lord was sure to fill my summer. … Continue reading Beautiful and Unstoppable