Posts tagged with: Joy

A Momma Story

A Momma Story (with a redemptive ending)   ***What you are about to read is a recap of a day that unfolded several years ago. My kids were really little, my soldier was deployed, and I regularly found myself struggling...

Releasing That Brings Receiving

Releasing That Brings Receiving “What are you most resistant to let go of?” she asked matter-of-factly. My eyes darted to the floor. Immediately, I began to wrestle. The question hung in the air for a bit, and I felt the...

The Right Direction For Hope

The Right Direction For Hope “Don’t get your hopes up.” I’ve heard the warning, felt the pessimism creep into the cracks. There’s a good chance you have, at one point or another, heard it too. For all I know, you...

Restoring Wonder

Restoring Wonder I know. I’m bordering on broken-record-ness. God is good. Repeat. Repeat again. What more can I say, really? Well…I don’t know about you, but I am a forgetful, color-blind woman. I need the reminding. I need to remember...

Even If You Don’t

Even If You Don’t   How can you sing the lyric, “It is well with my soul,” when the answer is long in coming? Or perhaps when the answer is “No”? Earlier this year, God gave me a charge –...

The Parts Box

Every time we move we have one of these. No doubt you have too. It’s the smaller box they use for parts of things the movers have disassembled. That’s its original purpose anyway. It sometimes gets used for that in...

What Happens When We Ask God For Something?

As I left the doctor’s office with news of “You had better rest and take care of yourself or your body is going to shut down on you!” I started to feel all kinds of sorry for myself. Poor me. Why...

We’re Not Missing Anything

I’ve seen the pictures of troops on the front lines during the holidays. I’ve seen pictures of them in chow halls and outposts and pictures of their families with empty chairs and “flat soldiers” in their place. I know the...

What A Magnificent Announcement!

Why is the birth of Jesus good news? Consider the verses of Matthew 1:18-24, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was...

Who Am I?

This is a time of thanksgiving and joy for many Americans. Some, however, will struggle through this time of year and hope it quickly goes by. Much of our thanksgiving and joy is tied to our identity. As a people...