When a weighty expectation is placed on a child, the weight becomes too heavy to bear and eventually crushes her soul. She learns from a young age that if she's ever to secure love she must meet the expectations of those around her. She aims to please and loses herself in meeting the needs of everyone around her. Saying, "Yes" is her automatic response because she knows that's what They ... Read More
Embracing your Calling, Community, and Challenges.
Epilepsy walked through the front door of our lives when my son, Drew, was just four years old. A life altering diagnosis took up residence in our home and we found ourselves sitting face to face with fear. Friend, when a seizure sets in there is nothing you can do to stop it. All you can do is watch and wait while you feel helplessly out of control. When it's happening to your own child ... Read More
The bulge in my belly bore the evidence of how my life was about to change. As a young mother-to-be, I was in process of learning how to play house like a grown-up. Grocery shopping on a budget, bargain hunting for baby items and trying my hand at all kinds of sewing projects. With my baby's due date right around the corner, I didn’t need to add anything else to my plate. I, already, ... Read More
Everything in my physical being told me to cancel. I did not have my act together that day. I had barely slept the night before - my baby woke me up every 3 hours to nurse. The laundry was piled high and nap-time was my only window of time to get anything done. I hadn't gotten in the Word that day. Three days had passed since my last real quiet time. I was ill-equipped to be ... Read More
I locked myself in my room. I was done. The clock read 9pm and all four of my children were still awake. I had said yes to too much and they only wanted more. Tears, whining and disappointment were my only rewards for all my efforts. I was manning bedtime alone and I just hit-that-point. So, I decided to put myself in time-out. My sin surfaced and self-pity enveloped me. Somehow ... Read More
Desiring to be the epitome of the perfect stay-at-home-mom I scrubbed and vacuumed all morning in-between feedings and diaper changes. Dishes done. check Laundry folded AND put away. check check Floors swept, mopped and counters wiped down. check check check The X-factor was nap-time. Banking on two hours of quiet was my only way to ensure some uninterrupted time for ... Read More