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
MIDDLE Right now "middle" describes my world well. We're in the middle ages especially with my two youngest. Not a baby for one or a little kid for the other, but also not big enough to do all the "cool" stuff. This middle is hard. We're also in the middle with attitudes. There are… Continue reading FMF: Middle
JOY When I think of joy, I think of getting to spend time with my boys. That time at the end of the day when I don't have anything else weighing on my mind and I can really focus just on them. That's joy. I love getting the chance to really listen to them. To… Continue reading FMF: Joy
CRAVE Actually, the first thing I thought when I saw the word "crave" was being pregnant. During each my pregnancies I craved a lot of food: PeiWei, chocolate ice cream, shaved ice, biscuits with fresh berries and whipped cream... But now? Now I crave a clear schedule. I was talking to one of my friends… Continue reading FMF: Crave