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

Clutter in our lives


I’m going to….. With a new year, we sometimes get these big ideas that “I’m finally going to ______”. Often, one of those things we decide to do is organize our life or one of our living spaces. We see it even in the stores. They capitalize on everyone’s fresh start and big ideas (whether they follow through or not) for the year. Go into any store and you’ll see displays of totes and other organizing tools. I’m decluttering. Well, {Read More}

“Lovers of themselves”


I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. The topic’s a little painful, but something God’s really been working on me about.  Our culture today is self-absorbed.  “Lovers of themselves”.  All about “me”. I’ve been trying to do a little self-reflection and really align my life with God’s plan for me in this area. I’ll admit that I catch myself doing what I’m writing about as much as anyone else. Ok, well, maybe not as much as some…. But, {Read More}

stages of spiritual maturity…where are you?


As a coach and pastor’s wife, I really enjoy working with women who want to live intentionally and align their life with God’s desires for them.  One of the most exciting things is to watch them grow spiritually and deepen their faith.  It’s sometimes easy to begin that relationship with Christ, but it can be really hard to “live it out” on a day-to-day basis — especially when hard times come. One of the things that I love about coaching {Read More}

My big dream

sunflowers and red barn

My big dream (and prayer) is to have a small, farm-like setting with a red barn for my coaching and ministry center. Ok, who am I kidding….I’m going to have a miniature donkey and my daughter wants a pig, and then I’m sure I’ll probably want another animal or two, so it will be a full-blown farm. (There are actually proven therapeutic benefits from petting animals, so John should really be all for my farm and donkey idea…. right?  Of {Read More}

They called him David

twins miracle

David I realized what I had just heard, and for a brief moment, the world around me stood still.  At least, that’s what it felt like. My oldest son, Isaac, is a college student majoring in both English and Theater.  We went to his campus last week, about 4 hours away, to see his play.  He had the lead role and we were really excited to see it.  As I sat down in my seat to watch, I glanced at {Read More}

Green Beans and Grief

missing mom breast cancer ribbon

Today I had green beans — and that’s all it took. I immediately thought of Mom.  They tasted a lot like hers did. Triggers.     Grief seems to be full of them.  They can come out of nowhere and ambush you.  Sometimes it’s the most unsuspecting things– like green beans. Mom was a good cook.  I loved her green beans.  She would always make a huge pot full.  Southern style with potatoes and bacon in them.  I could eat {Read More}

What makes your heart sing?

heart sing

Have you ever stopped to reflect on what gives you true joy in life and makes your heart sing? We’re all unique, so our answers to that question will also be unique. When you were a child, what kinds of things made you happy?  What about now?  What brings a smile to your face and makes you feel relaxed and at peace with the world and yourself?  You know what I’m talking about.  I’m sure something comes to mind.  Your {Read More}

It’s ok not to be perfect


Confession time:   I usually strive for excellence or for things to be perfect in many areas of my life. Who can relate? ( We’ve probably all been there at one time or another.) We can be so driven that we set the bar too high.  We often hold ourselves to higher standards than we even hold for others. It might not even be realistic but we still strive for that high expectation anyway. It doesn’t have to be that way {Read More}

Do your relationships drain or inspire you?

people inspire or drain

It really is true.  Some people inspire us, while others completely drain us.  Have you ever noticed that? Our happiness, success and failure in life are greatly influenced by the people whom we spend our time with.  We’re typically happier and more successful when we’re around other happy and successful people. Do you have people in your life who really drain you?  Maybe every time you’re  around them you walk away and it just feels like a negative experience.  The {Read More}

In the works

coming soon

Some coaching groups, support groups, Bible studies, book studies and classes in the works:   1. Grief Share — 13-week grief recovery support group (DVD, small group discussion and workbook used) 2. Holding On To Hope — 8 week Bible study on the book of Job using this book. (The authors, who experienced the loss of 2 of their children as infants, are the hosts of the Grief Share DVD sessions.) 3. You’ll Get Through This – Hope and Help {Read More}

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