Lightning Bugs, Black Snakes, and Sparklers

Every Fourth of July my grandpa, grandma, parents and I would travel to Lebanon, Missouri, to my great-grandmother’s house.  This was my grandpa’s parents’ house, where all my Independence Days were celebrated until my early 20's. My grandmother’s house was the third house on the second block on South Adams Street.  The house shared an…

Forgiveness

We all joke about our guardian angels - how they shake their head's at things we do.  Sometimes we joke that they must have been drunk while we were going through a time in our lives.  In all honestly, we may have been drunk, not them... Our actions at times, do not necessarily show our…

Courageous Grace

I cried the entire way to work. My mascara was running all over my face when I arrived at work.  I am so overwhelmed with my circumstances.  I know my troubles are small and insignificant when compared to that of many.  But, I am not going to lie – I am freaking out just a…

The Best Relationships

“Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable with our inner, middle, and outer heart friends will lead to the friendships we’ve always dreamed of because they will be real.  And real relationships are the best relationships.” – Natalie Chambers Snapp When I signed up for a Freedom group at church I was terrified.  I even told my…

Processes and Purposes…

“Faith isn’t a correct answer but a courageous process through which God transforms us.” – Kate Powell I was minding my own business a few nights ago, when one of my friends sent me a message asking me for the link to my blog.   She told me she was going to peruse my blog, do…

Hey! What’s going on?!

As 2019 gets into full swing, I have too.  I have a few goals I want to accomplish this year, let’s go over them, shall we? Personal Goals Grow my relationship with God Save!!! Listen actively More *me* time Professional Goals Certifications galore! Creative Goals *This one is a big one for me, as I…

New Year Resolutions…

Once a year, the New Year comes.  Before this happens, I take time to reflect on the year that has passed, and think about what I want to accomplish in the upcoming new one. This year, I reflected and I planned.  A little of each.  I usually have such an excitement bubbling up for what…

Faults

  "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." Peter 4:8 I have been having a tough time lately, especially after this weekend.  As you grow, you realize people in your life aren't perfect, and they too have faults.  They don't expect perfection from you, so why do we…

God Gives Us What We Need…

When I was less than a year old, my biological father left. He and my mom divorced, because my mom is the strongest woman I know. She knew that for either of us to have a chance at life - a good, healthy, and loving life, we needed to be away from him. I saw…

Halloween

Yesterday was Halloween.  I was in my office at work and I thought about all of the Halloween's past.  I know, I know, cliché-esque I know.  Christmas past, Halloween past.  Whatever, go with me. My mom was a single mother, a very young single mother.  Not like a lot of the single mom's you see…