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

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

Faith, Hope, Pain and suffering, promises, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

Picking Up the Pieces

Four years ago I wrote this piece following the devastation of May 20, 2013. This week as I contemplated my post for the week, I began to reflect on this post, the true beginning of my writing ministry. I felt compelled to revisit it today. The devastation of that May day is no longer evident… Continue reading Picking Up the Pieces

Faith, Grace, Hope, Spiritual Growth, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

The Story of Our Scars

As a nurse, one of my primary duties is assessing patients. I need to know their current condition so I can catch subtle deviations, deviations that might indicate an impending deterioration. I also need to know the medical history. Previous problems can provide important clues to what is happening with a patient. I gather the… Continue reading The Story of Our Scars

Dating, Faith, friendship, Grace, Hope, promises

To Be Loved Like Christ Loves

Before you read the words below, I want to give you a little background. One year ago, I chose to go on an official date with a friend I’d known most of my life. I chose to open my heart, my mind, to the possibility this friendship might turn into something more. I chose to… Continue reading To Be Loved Like Christ Loves

Faith, Grace, Hope, promises

But God Says…

Labels. We all wear labels. Some labels are good; some not so good. Some have a negative impact on the way we view ourselves, on the way we think others see us. Others give us the confidence to walk forward, believing we are worthy of the good things in life. Some tell us we have… Continue reading But God Says…

Faith, grief, parenting

Shattered Hearts

The Facebook memories popped up today, memories from four years ago. My daughter just ran through the house chasing her brother. She was carrying a baseball bat, and she yelled, “I’ve got a bat and I’m not afraid to use it!” Perhaps this game has gotten a little out of control! My mind flashed back… Continue reading Shattered Hearts