• A woman praying while another woman puts her hand on her shoulder.

    Finding Comfort On Our Darkest Nights

    “Mommy can you pray for me?”, my daughter whispered. I placed my hand on her and prayed a quick prayer for God to help her fall asleep and keep her from having bad dreams. Then I gave her a hug and a kiss. And she went back to bed. My daughter has slipped into my room for years with this simple request whenever she has trouble sleeping or a nightmare wakes her. When she was younger, we talked often about God’s love, prayer, and how we can ask Him for anything. We talked about how she could trust God even on her darkest nights. And so she comes in my…

  • Two kids walking down a path with one putting her arm around the other.

    Someone Is Always With My Kids . . . Even When I Can’t Be

    The moment had finally arrived.   I had known it was coming for a long time.   I had made the doctor appointments, gone to the consultations, called the insurance company, and gotten everything prepared for this moment.    But now that it was here, I hesitated.   I reminded myself it was just a minor surgery. I told myself everything would be okay. And yet, when the medical team came into the room and said, “We’re ready.”  I wanted to shout, “But I’m not!”   Instead, I forced myself to step forward, lean over the bed, and give my daughter a kiss as I whispered, “You’re going to do great!”  And then I stepped…

  • Small white flowers held in two hands.

    When What You Have to Give Feels Too Small

    “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” -John 6:9 NLT All he had was five loaves and two fish.   He had heard that the disciples were looking for food. He looked down at his little sack lunch and then looked around at the massive crowd. He was hungry. And what he had was only enough to feed a few people. Compared to the huge crowd, what he had to offer was so small.   But his desire to help was stronger than his hunger. So, he walked over to the disciples and gave them all he had to…

  • White flower growing out of asphalt.

    Bloom For Your Creator

    It was our first trip to Holy Hill.  Holy Hill is an old, beautiful church built up on a huge hill overlooking magnificent forests. You can climb up in one of the steeples to get a breathtaking view or hike on trails throughout the surrounding woods. There are also gorgeous statues and depictions of the life of Jesus all around the campus.   As we were walking around viewing everything, I noticed one statue carved into a rock. The statue was not what caught my eye, though.  What caught my eye was a single, yellow flower growing at the top.   It seemed totally impossible. And yet there it was perched atop the…

  • A woman on the beach while holding her hands up to her head.

    Can We Mess Things Up For God?

    I was reading a blog post the other day where the author was talking about how she would give advice to a friend on the phone, hang up, and think “Wow, that was really good. I should follow my own advice!”   And I thought, “Yeah, me too!”  You see I share bits of inspiration and encouragement on my blog and through social media. And yet I still find myself struggling some days.   I talk about the importance of prayer, and then get distracted while praying. I talk about the importance of spending quiet time with God, and then find myself spending the whole time going over my to-do list for the day.…