40 Things I’ve Learned in 40 Years

      This time seven years ago, I wrote a post entitled 33 Things I've Learned in 33 Years. Today, I turned 40 and decided to update what I listed then (in purple) and add seven more life lessons (although I'm sure I could think of more)! Polka dots and hot pink make me smile. (and ruffled sleeves and ankle boots) There are few sounds that bring as much joy as a baby belly laughing. (especially when it's your grandbaby) Marriage is hard work, but oh so worth it. (and gets sweeter with time) There is a huge difference between a job, a career and a calling. (and the magic happens when you can combine all three) When people say “enjoy these moments because they grow up so fast” they are not exaggerating one bit.  Kids literally grow up in the … [Read more...]

Transformed

I have chosen a word to live by each new year for several years. It is always a profound experience because most of the time the word I choose ends up having a completely different meaning to me by the end of the year than intended when I chose it. Last year, my one word was EMBRACE. I had started the year off with the intention of embracing whatever God had in store for me, not knowing or ever imagining the magnitude and depth of the valleys that I would need to embrace. Embracing felt like colliding into a brick wall repeatedly but having that word in the back of my mind helped me at least attempt to maintain focus on Jesus through it all. I started praying about my one word several weeks ago. I was spending a lot of time in prayer about other things as well as our family was being … [Read more...]

Healing My Gut and My Heart

I've battled chronic illness for many years. Heck, it's the reason this little ole' neglected blog exists in the first place. In 2008, I was searching for answers, trying to understand diagnoses that didn't feel quite right and looking to connect to others even though I was often confined to my bed. Since then, I've had good years and not so good years and I've been struggling yet again since last October. I was diagnosed with inflammatory colitis after weeks of severe GI issues in November. Since then, I've endured four stomach bugs, shingles and a raging UTI. To say I'm sick of being sick would be a gross understatement. I've tried modern medicine for all these years but a few weeks ago, as I prayed about how to proceed, I kept coming across articles about "gut" health. Did you know … [Read more...]

A Stroke of Grace

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 "I don't know how you've lived with this in your head for eleven days. It's completely occluding blood flow on the left side of your brain. You must have a hell of a headache". Those were the neurosurgeon's words to me at 6:45am on October 25, 2016.He said I had a CVST, a rare form of stroke. He also explained that if it started bleeding again, I would have to be transferred to the University of Florida (five hours away) for very delicate surgery but that they prefer not to … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 30

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 25

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Foster Parent Prayers May 23

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 18

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 17

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Foster Parent Prayers May 16

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