An Honest Stepparent

One of the most difficult things I have ever experienced is being a stepmom. I know that may seem brutally honest but for any of you that are a stepparent or know a stepparent it may not seem so extremely honest.  I recently had the privilege of speaking for MarriageToday on blended families and I wanted to share some of … Read More

Check Yes or No

I love the thought-provoking analogies that the Lord shares with me and wanted to share one with you this week.  Like me, you might recall a moment in middle school when you truly believed you had met the love of you life. It’s funny that the cool way to find out if they liked you or not was to give … Read More

Dangling Carrots

God isn’t in the business of “dangling carrots”.  You know the familiar scene where a carrot is dangled just in front of the horses nose in order to get it to keep moving? God does not work this way. When He gives us a directive, goal, or set of instructions He tends to see them through to the end. I … Read More


Sometimes as a counselor I feel that people expect me to have it all together. I wish I could say that I was exempt from disagreements with my husband, financial stress, friend drama, and just overall life issues, but I am not. I am actually quite honest about the struggles I have when meeting with my clients because I want … Read More

Fighting in the Dark

I want you to imagine the following scene in your mind.  It is absolutely dark in your room and you hear someone enter slowly through the door. You cannot see a thing but you know you could grab a lamp, a book, or some other item to hit the person. However, because of the dark, you are unable to see … Read More


Well here it is, the New Year, 2014. I don’t know about you but sometimes the New Year is bittersweet. I love the fresh vision and new goals that the beginning of the year brings but on the other hand I don’t like thinking about certain types of goals. Like many after the New Year, I usually feel pressure to … Read More

The Holidays

The holidays have arrived! I can’t believe it is already the week of Christmas and so many others have expressed this very same feeling. During this time of year, I always feel compelled to share a word of encouragement. Many people watch a HallmarkTM movie and observe the family in the movie, sitting by the tree, drinking hot chocolate, opening … Read More

Where You Should Be

Thanksgiving provides us a time to reflect on the people, places, things, and experiences that evoke gratitude. During the past week, I couldn’t help but think about the many things that I am grateful for in my own life but the Lord reminded me of one that stood out among the rest. I began to ponder this thought: “Sometimes it … Read More


Government Lately I have been thinking a great deal about the concept of government, not in the sense of overseeing or running a country but the idea of governing ourselves. Government is defined as “the relationship between the governed and a governing word”. As we enter one of the busiest times of the year it is especially important that we … Read More


Recently I was having a conversation with some friends about our various pasts. It was an interesting conversation that yielded common threads as well as highlighting the value of facing and reconciling the events that have made us into the humans we are today. One of my friends was discussing how she just wanted to wave a magic wand, ask … Read More