“You make known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence…” Psalm 16:11

The 12 Dates Challenge

date night challenge

We have 7 children.  Last weekend I jokingly put on Facebook that we were on a “date” because we had no children with us–even if we were only on our way to buy toilet paper because our littlest guy had put all of ours into the toilet.  But hey, “no kids = date” when you have 7 of them!  At least, that’s how it can feel sometimes. Can you relate?  Do you feel that your fun dates have become non-existent {Read More}

What could you accomplish in 2-3 months?


What could you accomplish if you focused on your personal or spiritual growth  or on transforming some area of your life for 2 months?  What if you spent 3 months focusing on yourself? How would life be different?  What would it look like?  Who would you be because of the change? Would you wake up each day ready to enjoy each moment with confidence, peace of mind, and joy in your heart?    What would it mean to you if {Read More}

Are You A Home – Maker?

home sweet home

Are you a home – maker?   Don’t confuse that with homemaker.   I am talking about any woman who builds her home. Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down”. To be a woman who builds her home, you don’t have to be a homemaker– as we define that term in our culture.  You may have a career, work outside of your home part-time or full-time, or be  a {Read More}

Tips for Setting Goals

setting goals

Focus on the Destination Don’t make it complicated. All you need is the deadline and the destination. For now, just focus on where you’re going (the goal).  How you’ll get there (the action steps) come later. Start with One Goal Trying to work on 3 or 4 things at once takes a lot of time and energy. It’s better to start with your expectations a little lower and increase them than to place the bar too high and set yourself {Read More}

Repairing the walls and closing the gaps

While reading my Bible the other morning, I was reminded of a principle that applies to us today as we make changes in our lives. In chapter 4 of the book of Nehemiah, it tells how they faced opposition when the walls were repaired and the gaps were filled: So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the {Read More}

1,000 Memories


When grieving the loss of a loved one, it is very helpful to become the historian and celebrate their life by writing about it.  One way to do this is by compiling a list of 1,000 memories.  There’s nothing magical about the number 1,000, but by the time you get to 1,000, you will probably have a fairly complete picture of the person and all of the key things that are significant for you to remember. This can be as {Read More}

Wife of the year


Wouldn’t we all love to wear the title:  Wife of the Year. Be honest with yourself.  If your husband were to describe you, would he use those words? Does your husband know that he is your number one priority?  Your number one human relationship?  —–over your children, parents, best friend, or even a brother or sister.  Ouch.  Reflecting on that can really step on your toes. I will admit that I am not always wife of the year (even though {Read More}

Maximizing your everyday moments

I had the wonderful privilege and blessing of spending 4 days last week in Nashville for the American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC) World Conference.  One of the workshops I attended was led by Dr. Greg Smalley and it focused on enhancing your relationships through the everyday interactions you already have.  I’d like to share those principles, so this material is based on his teaching. We’re all so busy and it’s hard to find the time or energy to really {Read More}

The puzzle of life


This is an excerpt of the book I am writing and the material I am working on for a conference I am developing.  I’d love to share it with you. Are you a puzzle person? Have you ever worked a jigsaw puzzle? If so, how did it feel when you first opened the box and saw all of the pieces? Was it exciting? Overwhelming? Did you feel as if you would never be able to figure it out and wonder {Read More}

The Ideal Marriage

Do you have an ideal marriage? What do you base your answer on? What does the ideal marriage look like to you?  What do you envision? How would you describe it? What roles would each spouse fill? What needs would be met? How much time would be spent together?  How would that time be spent? What would communication look like? What about intimacy? One of the problems we often fall into when we think “ideal anything” is that we go {Read More}

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