Category Archives: life lessons

Dreams need cheerleaders {a God sized dreams post}

She was my grandmother’s best friend for their entire adult lives.

And Monday God called her home.

Too soon.  I am sad for her family.  For her grandbabies.  For her husband.  For my grandmother. For her clients. and, I’m sad for me.

Kaye Cook Mentor, Coach, Friend

Kaye Cook
Mentor, Coach, Friend

Kaye always made sure to tell me she was proud of me.  Even when I made poor choices and the trajectory of my life was altered forever.  She is the one who looked in my eyes and told me there were only good things in store for me.

A few years ago, when I almost died from pulmonary emboli, I found myself wading through the “what did God leave me here for” type questions that often accompany such an experience.  Kaye met me at a diner and over coffee we talked for hours about my God sized dreams.  She was the first one {and for a long time the only one} I spoke those dreams to out loud.  She encouraged me, gave me things to think about and left me feeling like I could tackle these bigger-than-me dreams God had laid on my heart.

Kaye lived out some of my dreams.  She made a very successful career out of coaching and public speaking/teaching.

She always told me she was proud of me.

Rest in peace, sweet Kaye. And thank you for believing in my dreams.


Friends, never underestimate the power of believing in someone.  You never know the impact your encouraging words and listening ear are having on their heart.


When manna isn’t a miracle anymore

Discontent can eat a hole in your soul. For me, it started with a strong desire to replace our couch. Now, in my defense, our couch is twelve years old and a hand-me-down.  {and for the record I don’t think there is anything wrong with buying new furniture}. Lately, its age and the wear andContinue Reading

Short Fuse

  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But doContinue Reading

Trust when the way seems unclear

This coming Monday I start a new job. A full time 9-5 J-O-B. It is the right thing for my family and I have peace about the decision. God hasn’t shown me the {full} why of it all quite yet. I like to know the “why”, y’all. It is hard for a recovering Type-A likeContinue Reading

{day 12}Walk in Faith

Sweet Pea is taking her first tentative steps. She much prefers furniture walking– holding on to the couch, a chair or even my leg– to letting go and walking on her own.  When she realizes she is standing without support, she sits down.  As believers, we can become furniture walkers too. We say and thinkContinue Reading

Falling into place

Crisp, cool air. Leaves on the trees hint brilliance and the stroke of the Artist’s hand. Flavors and aromas, cinnamon and pumpkin, entice my soul. Fall is my favorite time of year. There is something about the air, the scenery, the smell and taste of autumn that propels me forward from the dog days ofContinue Reading

Ebb and Flow of Life

This has been one of those weeks that simulated a roller coaster for my emotions.  Up, down, upside down, shoot back up. I’m not a roller coaster type of gal.  All of that can leave this mama exhausted in every way possible. Our weekend was full.  Of learning, of fellowship, of family fun. The speakerContinue Reading

Looking down the tracks

Have you ever been in a rush to catch a train? Push your ticket through, run up the escalator, race out of breath only to reach the platform in time to see the train disappearing down the track.   Parenting, as of late, feels much like this to me. Jason and Miss S. are 18Continue Reading

Flesh and Blood and Tears

It was a burnt bridge.  Charred by the chasm of bitterness, hatred and anger that had simmered for years. “Good” reasons to maintain my unforgiving heart. I had been let down, hurt, abused, disappointed, neglected, abandoned and wounded by this person.  This person that was supposed to protect me from all those things. My dad.Continue Reading

Desires of the heart

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 I used to read this verse in a much different way than I do now.  I used to think that the more I read my Bible, the more that I memorized Scripture, the more I prayed, the moreContinue Reading