Emotional Abuse, Faith, Grace, Guilt, Hope, marriage, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

Why I Am Pro-Divorce

Divorce will always break my heart...just as it breaks my Father’s heart.

Faith, friendship, Grace, Pain and suffering, Uncategorized

Giving Hope in the Midst of Pain

“You just need to pray more.” I remember hearing those words as my life was falling apart. I could barely muster enough strength to get through the day. The tears fell freely, like a fierce thunderstorm that sweeps in unexpectedly. My mind was cloudy, my thinking irrational, my words incoherent. And my faith? It was… Continue reading Giving Hope in the Midst of Pain

Emotional Abuse, Forgiveness, Grace, marriage, Pain and suffering

Baggage Check

After walking through a very difficult week, it was the final straw. “That’s it,” Roy began. “Take care of it now.” His tone took me by surprise. We’d had a really good day, and I was trying to take care of the issue he was confronting me with now. His words hit me hard as… Continue reading Baggage Check

cancer, Faith, fatherless, grief, marriage, Pain and suffering

For Better or Worse…

For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, ‘till death do we part… When we took those vows a little over six months ago, we never dreamed “or worse” would describe the first stage of our marriage. But it has. These last months have been filled with heartache and pain,… Continue reading For Better or Worse…

Faith, Forgiveness, Hope, Pain and suffering

When You Don’t Get a Hollywood Ending: Three Lessons from the Movie I Can Only Imagine

I’ll never forget the first time I heard I Can Only Imagine. Our church’s youth group had just returned from a Texas youth event where a new band had sung their debut song. It so impacted our youth and workers that they came back and played the song for us. Now, the story behind the… Continue reading When You Don’t Get a Hollywood Ending: Three Lessons from the Movie I Can Only Imagine

Faith, Grace, Hope, Pain and suffering, parenting, Uncategorized

Today, I Choose

My heart has been shattered into a million tiny fragments over and over the last few weeks. I’ve watched so much pain in this community, in my own home. I’ve shed thousands of tears, unable to control my own emotions. I’ve rallied all of my strength to fight for my child, to do what’s best… Continue reading Today, I Choose

Faith, Hope, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

Weird

So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.  So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know… Continue reading Weird

Hope, Pain and suffering

A New Perspective

The last year has been hard…really, really hard. Exactly one year ago, I received a call that my ex-husband had passed away suddenly. Telling my children that their dad was dead ranks right up there with the most difficult moments of my life. Watching them grieve and mourn. Sending them off to bury their dad.… Continue reading A New Perspective

Grace, parenting

A Moment of Clarity

I had an epiphany Sunday morning. I stood in church, my heart overcome with a desire to worship. It felt so right, so perfect to be in God’s house, my hands lifted high. The songs were more than words on my lips; they were from the overflow of my heart. It was the first time… Continue reading A Moment of Clarity

Grace, Hope, parenting

Reflections on Single Parenting

September 1, 2017. The day is coming quickly, the day I will stand before God and pledge my love and my life to the one God has chosen for me. It’s also the day I turn in the title “single mom,” a title I have worn for well over eight years. I have to admit… Continue reading Reflections on Single Parenting