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

Have you set any goals for 2014?


It’s that time again…..the New Year. Time for “resolutions”. It’s the time when people think of fresh starts, making changes and planning how they would like their life to be.  We start off with great intentions and lofty plans for the year.  We just know that this year will be different.  This year we will do what we set out to do. How long does that usually last?   How many actually follow through? If you’re like me, you probably know {Read More}

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}

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}

W.A.I.T.—Why Am I Talking?

Have you ever said something and later wished that you hadn’t?  Or maybe just talked too much? In coaching we’re taught that we should not be talking more than about 20% of the time.  It’s not about giving advice and our opinions.  It’s about helping people to discern what God would have them to do and drawing it out of them. There’s a nice little acronym to help us remember that:  W.A.I.T.  —  Why Am I Talking? I thought about {Read More}

Detailed plans made the difference

I admit, I’ve been energized by my children being back in school.  Before you think that I just want them out of here, that’s not really the case at all.  I do miss them when they are gone and actually really miss our home school years—I wouldn’t trade those years for anything and often wish we were still learning together each day. You’ve probably heard the sayings, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” or “If you aim for nothing, {Read More}

Where are you going and how do you get there?

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “I don’t much care where –” “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Where are you going in life and how do you get there?  Do you know?  Have you thought about that?  Do you have specific goals? What is it that you are trying to accomplish?  This {Read More}

Your Calling Journey

Do you know what your calling in life is? Could you state it right now from memory in just a phrase or sentence? Many people think that their “calling” is a one-time event in which they will be given a special life assignment by God and then should be able to run right out and immediately do it. It’s seen as a task—often one, specific role or task. Another common misconception is that there is one specific route to your {Read More}


What do you do for self-care? —taking time for yourself, something that energizes you, maybe relaxes you or helps you to feel more centered and balanced, renews you spiritually……. If you had to rate your “self-care” on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best, what would you give it? We have 7 children. One’s away at college, so there are only 6 at home, but between the running/busy schedule and Mt. Washmore, ummm, I mean laundry, it can {Read More}

The hardest thing (part 4)

I told our story about making the hard decision to leave the mission field in the previous 3 posts (part 1,  part 2, and part 3). So…………… let’s take this focus off of me and look at how God can use these types of experiences. I don’t ever want it to come across as telling my story just so people “hear my story”. I always want the focus to be on God and how He uses each experience and how {Read More}

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