Dating, Hope

Dena’s Rules for Dating

  Hearts. Pink and red. Cupid. Mushy cards. Flowers. Candy. Love and romance. Everything around us screams Valentine’s Day right now. I’m not sure what feelings this holiday evokes for you. Maybe you are relishing the excitement of a new relationship. Maybe you are in the silent days of waiting for someone special, waiting your… Continue reading Dena’s Rules for Dating

About Dena, Hope, parenting

We’ll Figure It Out

I was born an organized, detail-oriented, planner. Literally. My mom was unconscious for five days after I was born. By the time my mom and I were stable enough to come home, the nurses had me on a strict schedule. I would take a bottle and go to bed at 10:00 pm, and I would… Continue reading We’ll Figure It Out

Just for Laughs, parenting

Parenting Is NOT for Wimps

Sometimes parenting is really hard. This week has been one of those difficult weeks with my kids. My kids are great, and I know I am incredibly blessed. But, with everything we’ve been through, it’s understandable that we have our struggles. Struggles with faith. Struggles with the past. Struggles with the future. Struggles with growing… Continue reading Parenting Is NOT for Wimps

Dating, parenting, sexual purity

Life as a Model

When Cassie was about two years old, everyone was gathered around the dinner table. As I sat the food on the table, Cassie looked at me and innocently said, “Mom, you did d--n good.” I’m sure the shock on my face must have been priceless. I looked quizzically at her dad, his face as confused… Continue reading Life as a Model

About Dena, Faith, fatherless, Ministry Vision

Crazy God-Given Dreams

There’s a movie called, “The Gods Must Be Crazy.” I can’t say I have ever watched the movie, but there are times I feel that way about my God. Have you ever really looked at the things God asked people to do? He told Noah to build a huge boat because He was going to… Continue reading Crazy God-Given Dreams

Faith, Grace, Guilt, parenting

You Have Permission

Being a parent is hard. Being a single parent is extremely hard. Single Mom or single Dad. Never married. Divorced. Widowed. One child. Two children. Eight children. No matter the reason you are a single parent, the struggles are real. The struggles are often overwhelming. The struggles are often similar. When you are divorced and… Continue reading You Have Permission

Faith, Grace, Hope, Pain and suffering, parenting

Uncle!!!!

I’m crying UNCLE on 2016! Can I just say I’m over it? It seems I enter every year with great expectations, waiting for God to totally blow my mind with good things. So far, I’m still waiting… Let’s review the last six months. My oldest had surgery in December. A very painful surgery. My kids… Continue reading Uncle!!!!

fatherless

To the Fatherless Child on Father’s Day

A decade ago, I was a happy pastor’s wife staying home to raise my three children. We were the picture of the perfect family. Then, my perfect life was ripped to shreds. Lies. Infidelity. Betrayal. Immeasurable pain. And suddenly, I was a single mom struggling to raise my three precious children on my own. Without… Continue reading To the Fatherless Child on Father’s Day

Faith, Grace, Uncategorized

Honor Your Father

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Ephesians… Continue reading Honor Your Father

Faith, Hope, Pain and suffering, Spiritual Growth

Questions, Questions

“Mom,” she began, tears running down her cheeks, “I just don’t understand. Why? Why did God have to take my daddy so soon?” My heart broke as I took her in my arms. The tears streamed down my own cheeks. Few things are worse than seeing your children hurt. And, when you don’t have answers… Continue reading Questions, Questions