One Word–Holy Spirit

So, I am kind of a rule follower, and because of this, I struggled with my one word for the year. I struggled because God gave me two words. Holy Spirit. Although it’s two words, it’s one person. At least that’s how I am justifying it. 🙂 A saying that my dad always loved and…

Choose Joy Study!

Have experienced pain in your life? Pain that has left you feeling hopeless and wondering what your purpose is in life? It’s safe to say that most everyone can answer both questions with a resounding yes. Life is hard, and the world isn’t always fair. These are two lessons everyone learns at some point –…

2019 One Word – BELIEVE

My one word for 2019 was BELIEVE. As I was praying about the word I needed to focus on in 2019 and the word believe kept coming to me, I thought God wanted me to focus on it so that I would believe more in myself. You see, the last thing I thought I would…

Christmas Blessings

As Christmas approaches, I’ve been thinking of the memories I have shared with my family. One memory in particular always makes me smile. All 5 of my siblings, spouses, nieces and nephews would celebrate Christmas at my parents house. Prior to opening gifts, the grandkids would all go and sift through grandma’s closet to find…

Beautifully Chosen

Every day I awake to a sameness and the unexpected all at the same time. I wake with the same intentions, the same goals, the same routine, and the same feeling of wondering. And every day I face the unexpected. The unexpected changes in plans, or the twists and turns that happen throughout the day….

Star of Wonder

Star of wonder… Star of Night… Star with royal beauty bright… The haunting soulfulness. The wanting. The wondering. The mystery of it all. Wondering why in the world He came for us. Wondering how He could love us that much. Wondering why we are so worth it. Wondering what I am supposed to do for…

MEMORIES

As I begin preparing for Thanksgiving, I also focus on all things in life that bring me so much gratitude. Those things that I am grateful for can also make me start feeling a bit solemn. I have always said that the first step to joy is gratitude, and then it hit me … those…

Grace and the Holy Spirit

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 My dad loved the saying that we are a spirit born in the image of Christ sent here to live out…

A Heavenly Birthday Gift

Today marks 8 years since my sister Sara went home to Heaven. I like to picture her wrapped in our Heavenly Father’s arms, full of joy, as He tells her well done! I went out to Amazon to read through the comments from individuals who have read Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life…