"Count your many blessings name them one by one..." There are so many blessings to count if I will only look for them. A few years ago I heard that Oprah, of all people, started each day by writing out three things she was thankful for, so I began to do it myself. It's amazing… Continue reading Blessings
Is it worth it? I ask myself this question all the time. I have three boys, asking THE question is a must. It takes a lot of energy to keep up with three boys ages 7, 5, and 2. I ask it about parenting strategies. Was it worth it to spank him? Was it worth… Continue reading FMF: Worth
Future... This is a surprisingly hard prompt from Five Minute Friday (FMF). I seriously try to ignore the future many times. I would love to see my three boys grown, married to strong God followers, raising their children to walk with God, too. That's the far future that I aim for each day. Trying to… Continue reading Five Minute Friday: Future
Have you ever spoken or chanted a set of words to get yourself through a challenging or frightening situation? Just last week I responded, “I think I can” when someone asked me if I was going to make it through the rest of the school year; and “I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13) are words that help me take a deep breath and keep marching forward....
Shelby closed her eyes and stepped off the platform into the air. She swallowed the scream in her throat and clenched her teeth. Nothing happened. The soft whir of her pulley was all she could hear. Shelby opened one eye and saw the trees zipping by on either side of her. As the wind gently… Continue reading FMF: Safe
CONTROL Shelby leaned forward trying to see over the edge of the platform. Why had she let Marcus talk her into trying one of these crazy zip line things. The view from the top made her stomach turn and she stepped back quickly. "What am I doing up here?" she whispered. "You're trying something new!… Continue reading Fiction Friday: Control
REFINE All that comes to mind when I hear the word "refine" is the verse about how God refines us like gold in the fire to burn away all the excess to get us to our best (Zechariah 13:9). I spend many, many years in that fire. Sometimes I would simply pray that I wouldn't… Continue reading FMF: Refine