{ABIDE Day 5} Encourage Others

And so, here we are ... the end of our five-day journey to ABIDE. I hope you have been encouraged and motivated to start this year with intention and focus on building your relationship with the Lord through these posts. In case you missed any of the previous posts, here they are: Acknowledge Him First Bring Your Burdens to Him Intentionally Slow Down Develop a Rhythm of Gratitude And today, we wrap up with this one ... Encourage Others Seems sort of counterintuitive, doesn't ... [Read More]

A Reminder for the Days when Life Is Hard

Recently after yet another "lively discussion" with my girl, I sat on the couch and cried. Because life is hard. It just is. And I somehow convince myself that means I am doing something wrong. Because surely if I were doing it right, there wouldn't be so much struggle and frustration. So there I sat with all my tears and doubts and fears and I remembered some words my friend Stacey wrote a few years ago ... I’ve pretty much fallen short in every category. I am tired and not really ... [Read More]

The 5 Most Important Things I Do Every Day

Laundry. Checking on aging grandparents. Dishes. Making the beds. Taking my girl to whatever she has going on. Wiping the bathroom counter. Fixing a meal. Chatting about the day's activities with my husband. Feeding the dog. And the list goes on and on. My everyday, every day tasks are probably pretty similar to yours. So much of life is about doing the same things over and over. Every day we do the everyday stuff. We check mail and pay bills. We wash dishes and sort laundry. We connect with ... [Read More]

10 Verses from the Psalms for the Dark Days

It's stormy here in North Alabama. Even the screen on my weather app is gray. I don't know about you, but on days like this, I just want to curl up with a warm blanket and a good book. Sometimes, though, the dark days come even when the sun is shining bright.  Life brings storms that catch us off guard and we struggle to navigate through the unexpected and difficult. I have several friends right now who are facing dark days. Over the past week I've had conversations with women who are dealing ... [Read More]

Let Hope In: The Book Everyone Needs to Read

Bold statement, huh? I know. But truly, Pete Wilson's latest book, Let Hope In, is one of the most truth-filled, grace-filled, books I have ever read. I wrote a little bit about it on Hope for the Weary Mom last month ... but I have so much more to share.  In case you are wondering if you should read this book, ask yourself these questions: Do shame and regret regularly influence my thoughts about myself and my life? Do I struggle with surrendering my plans to the Lord? Am I focusing more on ... [Read More]

You Are NOT on Your Own!

Here we are at day four of our journey to living well.  I hope you have been encouraged.  I have loved reading your comments here on the blog and on Facebook.  Today we're discussing the third truth about living well.  We've already covered the reality we can't do it all and we can learn to be content.  This last one is encouraging to me ... and I hope it is to you as well. I don't know about you but sometimes I really start to believe I'm alone.  I don't see the truth of how others are ... [Read More]