This is Me

I write for a magazine called Positive Note Magazine. Each quarter there is a new topic to write about, and this quarter it was titled “This is me.” I thought I’d share it with you here too! I am a girl who grew up in a small town in Northwest Iowa, who loved helping my…

He Opens Doors

When Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts was published in January 2016, I looked back on the two years it took to get to that place, and was in awe of the doors God opened. Now, in 2018, I am still in awe of the doors God has been opening. I told…

Choose Conference

What a blessed week-end! I had the honor and privilege over the weekend to be a disciple to over 80 beautiful women! Speaker, singer and songwriter, Jill Miller and I put on a half-day conference called Choose: Life is about Choices. It was truly an inspiring and blessed event, filled with time for worship, learning,…

Servant Leadership

I was asked to speak at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce in December. A friend of mine shared Choose Joy with the chamber and thought it would be a great topic for their chamber members. I was so excited that I, of course, said yes. Then realized that I needed to figure out how this…

YES!

Happy New Year, dear friends! 2018… Are you someone who sets new year’s resolutions?  Do you feel like the turning of another year is like starting with a clean and new slate? When Sara was alive, she was involved in a group called One Word 365. After losing dad in 2010 and then Sara in…

Spreading Joy and saying Yes.

Although this year had its challenges, it has also had its many blessings. The blessings these last couple of months have more than made up for the challenges my family and I faced this year. As I wrote in my last post, I enjoyed the opportunity to spread God’s message of Joy with my friend…

Reflecting on the Year

I hope you all had a very blessed Thanksgiving! My husband Jeff and I were having a conversation a couple of weeks ago and I asked him…”When you think back on this year, what do you think? How do you feel?” He proceeded to tell me that the year has felt like a whirlwind. After…

Community Blessings

Matthew 18:20  “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” My dear friend Jill Miller and I had the privilege of leading a half-day conference titled Choose: Life is about Choices. We gathered as a community of 45-50 women and the time was filled with worship, inspiration, reflection and new beginnings….

CHOOSE!

“I made a decision a long time ago that I was going to choose joy. I even painted a big rectangle on my wall and printed it in big letters so I wouldn’t forget to make that choice every day. The major word in that rectangle isn’t joy… it’s CHOOSE. It’s looking around me when…

Day 18 Be Intentional – The Present

I was reading an article by Helen Mallicent that said the following… “I was regretting the past and fearing the future.  Suddenly my Lord was speaking. My name is I AM. He paused, I waited. He continued. When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets it is hard. I AM not there. My name is not I was. When you live in…