Stone Paths or Piles? What Am I Leaving Behind?

Stone Paths or Piles? What Am I Leaving Behind?

Boy Scout founder, Robert Baden Powell said, “No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.” I wondered what I am leaving behind as I go through life? What is my legacy? I know we don’t talk about it, but there is a 100% morality rat... Read More »

Broken Teacups

Broken Teacups

If you are a person who struggles with perfectionism, you are in good company. As a Christian, the perfect standard of Christ is held up most often. I take on the challenge often forgetting that if there was any chance I could be perfect I would not need a Savior. I forget why I accepted Him in the first place—my brokenness. This is why I want to focus briefly on imperfection as a reminder of th... Read More »

On My Worst Day

On My Worst Day

In this season of hustle, bustle, and holiday stress, it is easy to lose your cool. This got me thinking about my worst days. On my worst day, I am short with fellow shoppers, drivers, and sales clerks. I can’t find a kind word to give even in return. On my worst day, I don’t have the energy to clean up after myself or anyone else. I can’t be bothered to anticipate another’s needs. On ... Read More »

To “D” or Not to “D”, That is the Question

To “D” or Not to “D”, That is the Question

When walking with women devastated by marital betrayal, the question of whether to divorce inevitably comes up in the groups. Outside of the groups, I am often asked, “What percentage of marriages does Hope After Betrayal Ministries save?” So the weight of these questions is not lost on me. In fact, it is too great for me to carry. I know the will and heart of God would be that every marriage ... Read More »

A Good Reminder

A Good Reminder

When I am frustrated by seeming injustice, inequality, or even inactivity when I want to see action, I remember this verse. It helps me to pause and reflect on the truth that there is One far greater in charge of all that happens here on earth. This reminder brings peace as I look back at the times I felt the Lord was slow to provide an answer or blind to some injustice. After time passes, often i... Read More »

Godly Grief

Godly Grief

Godly grief may seem like an oxymoron at first. Doesn’t being a daughter or son of the Almighty God give you a pass on pain? After all, we learn in Romans 8:28 that all things work for our good and in 8:27, we are more than conquerors and we are promised in John 10:10 Christ came to give us an abundant life. I knew a lot of verses that promised blessings too. I used to think I had a right to pea... Read More »

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

When it comes to Independence Day, most people think of picnics and fireworks, yet having grown up in a military family, this day has a deeper meaning. When I was young, my father was away for almost a year serving in Vietnam as an Air Force Navigator. My grandfather earned a purple heart during WWII when he was wounded on Omaha Beach, my father-in-law served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, and my li... Read More »

Spring

Spring

I love spring. Even when I lived in So. California and there was no shortage of sun, the light of spring seemed different. Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I look forward to the explosion of pink and white petals which seems to come out of nowhere. When those first fruit trees burst forth their floral announcement of spring, something comes alive in me. Something called Hope. There have b... Read More »

Out From the Cold

Out From the Cold

This is the time of year for lights, packages, and a frenzied pursuit of the “Merry” that is Christ-mas. Even in the Christian community we buy in to the “make it special” mind set with the end-less holiday pageants, singing trees, and “Jesus is the reason for the season” bumper stickers. We do as the world, but we add a Christian spin to it. Is Jesus really the reason we shop, light, ... Read More »

Degreasing

Degreasing

There is a sticky substance that once it gets into my heart and mind, seems to grow. If left un-checked, soon I’m drowning. I had to deal with this black goop a lot after my husband’s disclosure regarding his sexual sin. That was 15 years ago. Much like cleaning up an oil spill, it took a lot of time and the careful removing of every dark and sticky thought. The substance is self-loathing. Whe... Read More »

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