(Severe) Sepsis and (Soulful) Sentiments

“Jesus, if this is my time, I’m ready. You’ve blessed me with years beyond cancer and expected death. You’ve given me family that loves me, friends that care about me, and experiences of travel that have been so dear to my heart. I do not have regrets, and I feel that I have done the…

A Smidgen of a Hopeful ‘Maybe’

Many of you have seen my recent video where I share about my friend Kara. She sent me a package of left shoes, and in the second box stuffed some purses, self care items, and books she was finished with. It touched me so deeply and made me feel loved and cared for. The thing…

Book Review: Your Last 24

Your Last 24 by Kendall Keeler is one of those books that can be read in two hours, processed in two months, yet personal incorporation would take two years! The first book in his Legacy Journal Series, it is a timeless treasure you want to keep a few physical copies of on hand to share….

From the Ground Up

I was challenged in February to think creatively about my personal journey and capture that in a selfie. I’m not a very abstract thinker but a few days before the deadline, I walked out my front door and right in front of me was the most starkly green, out of place, ugly weed I’ve ever…

Can Family & Friends Suffer from Secondary Trauma?

Secondary traumatic stress is a risk when we support and engage wholeheartedly with a trauma survivor. More recently, secondary traumatic stress has come to the front as an issue separate from burnout, and it should be addressed. While burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding…

Bringing Hebrews 1-2 to Life in 20 days

In studying Hebrews 1 and 2 most recently I sought ways to make these passages “come to life”. Our small group was about to begin covering the book of Hebrews and I sought a new approach to scripture that would be applicable, fun, and still incorporate the truths of God’s word in our everyday busy…

Circumcision: One of my ABSOLUTE favorite Bible Stories

I was so excited when our small group decided to work through the book of Joshua. While I have appreciation for the straightforward direction of New Testament letters, there is nothing that puts a sparkle in my eye quite like a good story. There is so much that can be gleaned from stories, and stories…

Pro-Parenting: Amputee Style

Well, it is official: we are licensed professional parents!  After several grueling months of paperwork, home studies, inspections, writing ten page autobiographies, trainings, and a water test (yes, really!), we received our license in the mail that we are approved Foster/Resource parents and are on the list to receive our first placement child. For some…

Got Peace?

In our hectic lives today peace is often labeled as something that comes to us or that is granted to us.  Like a fragile glass ornament that we have to condition our lives and atmosphere around in order to see manifested.  But is that biblical?  Is that true?  Peace is manifested to us through the…

Just being me…leads to breakthrough?

You haven’t heard as much from me on my blog lately.  I have been on a personal journey.  I’m growing in a new way and it is so exciting!  You see, throughout my blogging history I always maintain a few filters before posting an article.  There are goals and ways I wish to convey myself…