Guest Mary Alford – The Mountains Are Calling

Guest Mary Alford – The Mountains Are Calling

Dear readers, From time to time I ask other authors to share their stories of faith, hope, and love in order to encourage you. Today, please welcome Mary Alford. As a child, I grew up loving to go to the beach. Every vacation my family went on had to be to the beach…until one year when my husband and I visited the mountains. That was it. So long beach. I was hooked on the mountains.

Change is Hard Work, But Worth the Cost

Change is Hard Work, But Worth the Cost

Last week I blogged about how a tiny degree of change can alter the course of one’s life. Lest it sound like all you have to do is tweak one little thing and life will be awesome, let me remind us all that change is hard work. First, I have to be willing to change. That means being brutally honest about the consequences of the path I’m currently on. Until the pain of staying the

Significant Change One Degree at a Time

Significant Change One Degree at a Time

I’ve been reading The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff by Andy Andrews…and getting both convicted and motivated with every page. Why? Because significant change can happen one small degree at a time. In the book, he tells the story of a time he and a few buddies sailed out to sea in search of a prime fishing spot beside an oil derrick. Despite relying on the boat’s computer navigation system

Guest Brenda B. Taylor – Surviving Hurricane Harvey

Guest Brenda B. Taylor – Surviving Hurricane Harvey

Dear readers, From time to time I open my blog to guests so they can share their own stories of faith, hope, and love in order to encourage you in your journey. Today, please welcome Brenda B. Taylor as she shares about her recent time in Texas helping family clean up after Hurricane Harvey. I spent the first week of September watching the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and surrounding areas on television.

Celebrating the Big and Little Wins (Plus a Giveaway)

Celebrating the Big and Little Wins (Plus a Giveaway)

Some days are meant for throwing a party and celebrating little wins. Today is one of them. It’s been a long year so far with many ups and downs…and my goal list for the year only has a couple things checked off. But if you’ve spent any time around me and my blog, you’ve probably picked up that I’m a natural optimist. It’s going to be okay and I’ve got hope that the tiny steps

Finding Rest in the Cracks of My Crazy

Finding Rest in the Cracks of My Crazy

I wish I could take credit for the title of this blog post, but the idea of finding rest in the cracks of my crazy came straight from a Periscope by upcoming author Cara Grandle on her Writer’s Encouragement Show. (Seriously. Check her out every Tuesday 9 a.m. Pacific time for a boost of encouragement and a pep talk geared toward all sorts of creative people. End the commercial. Now back to my regularly scheduled

Broken Connections In a Fast-Paced World

Broken Connections In a Fast-Paced World

Thanks to today’s smartphones, the world is at our fingertips. From simple phone calls or texts to the vast web of social media connections, our contact lists have outgrown the old-fashioned Rolodex. Yet something as simple as a lost or broken phone highlights how quickly the broken connections affect our lives in this fast-paced world. Case in point? A family vacation disrupted by two phones. First, my brother runs his own fire alarm and security installation

Guest Theresa Lynn Hall – No One Has a Perfect Life

Guest Theresa Lynn Hall – No One Has a Perfect Life

From time to time, I offer others the opportunity to share a story to encourage us all in this journey called life. Today, welcome Theresa Lynn Hall, author of Ransom in Rio. Overcoming obstacles is something we all learn how to do. Life isn’t easy. It’s not always fun and it doesn’t always go the way we want it to. No one has a perfect life. No one. We often see Facebook pictures of smiling

Lessons To Learn As We Go Back to School

Lessons To Learn As We Go Back to School

For many in the teaching profession or with school-aged kids, this back to school season marks the beginning of a new year with new goals. To make friends. To try something new. To learn a key skill. To grow in stature or wisdom. To rid ourselves of extra weight…or braces. To discover more of who we are meant to be by exploring our strengths and weaknesses. With my youngest off to class tomorrow (8th grade),

Regrouping In The Calm Before The Storm

Regrouping In The Calm Before The Storm

School is around the corner and it’s getting more than a little crazy around our house. In the calm before the storm hits next week, we’re busy regrouping. Evaluating where we’re headed and checking to see what we need to climb the mountain of challenges ahead. There are school supply lists to shop for. Updated technology requirements and new chargers to locate since the old cords have shorted out. Lists of fresh dorm supplies and