Brave~Hoda Kotb’s new inspiring video with Sara Bareilles and Cindi Lauper

  I happened to catch The Today show this week and Hoda had a story that just made my heart melt. Cancer is very close to her heart since she’s dealt with it, so she decided she wanted to make a video to raise money and awareness for cancer. She had the idea to mix Cindi Lauper and Sara Bareilles that will make your heart melt. I just had to share it, so here it is: If you’d like to {Read More}

When we wonder “Why?”

    In my last post, I wrote about a book I was reading called, “Fly a Little Higher” about a teenage boy diagnosed with a difficult type of cancer to cure—osteosarcoma. His mom wrote the book and even though Zach died, his mom’s prayers were answered. The death of her son through this cancer was for something much, much bigger. I also indicated that I hoped God never chooses to allow that opportunity for my children. Then Friday night {Read More}

Beyond the horizon

Why God chooses to heal some people and not to heal others is always a heated question. Especially when it comes to children. No parent should ever have to watch a child die, yet it happens every day. I always think of a quote by a friend of mine when considering the gifts of my children. “God doesn’t give us children to make us better parents, he gives us children to make us better children.”  He gives us our children {Read More}

“Where is God when bad things happen to good people?”

  We seem to be in a season of suffering. And we are especially sensitive today since it’s the anniversary of 9/11. It seems that bad things are happening to people all around us. Finances, divorce, drugs, death…and the list goes on and on. Just this week a friend of my daughter’s drowned at Lake Keowee trying to help another girl. So the age-old question, once again, is asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Is God punishing {Read More}

Five-Minute Friday~ “Brave”

Five minutes: Go When I think of the word “Brave,” I think, “What does it take to be brave?” Fear. Without fear, there would be no need for bravery. So it takes fear to be brave. Courage. Without courage, it would be impossible to be brave. So it takes courage to be brave. Then there’s that verse: If God is for us, who can be against us?  That verse that we hear so often, but it’s so hard to really {Read More}

Dream God-Sized Dreams…”Dear Chihuahua of Fear…”

      I’m linking up today with Holly Gerth, author of “Dream God-Sized Dreams. Here’s the writing prompt to write this post: “Fear hangs out right next to whatever it is you’re most called to do. That means the closer you get to your calling, the louder fear sounds. Keep going–fear is a chihuahua that sounds like a Doberman.” — You’re Made for a God-sized Dream, Chapter Five It’s in letter format, and she wants us to begin with an {Read More}

Serving a Supernatural God in an Ordinary World—Is He Your Superhero?

  For seven years I sought the help of medical doctors, psychologists, chiropractors, and other natural healers to cure me of grand-mal seizures, migraine headaches, depression, and opiate addiction. I hate the think about the thousands upon thousands of dollars I spent doing so. All that time, I had a direct line to a Superhero. I kept relying on worldly resources when I really needed the Great Physician. The creator of the universe. The ultimate healer. The one who holds {Read More}

Freedom

What does the word “freedom” mean to you?       You’ve just been released from prison?       You are finally out of that abusive relationship you’d been in?       You are free from the bonds of an addiction?       You’ve finally paid off those student loans from school?       You finally got out of your three year old daughter’s room that she locked you in            with the lock you put on {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~What are you afraid of?

There really is an app for everything. My kids were playing with my phone the other day asking me things like, “Do you know what Astrophobia is? Or what about Didaskaleinophobia? Katasaridaphobia?” They found an app that listed all known phobias. A smorgasbord of all of the crazy—and not so crazy—things people are afraid of. Did you know there are over 500 identified and named phobias? Here’s a small sample: Astrophobia– Fear of stars or celestial space. Katsaridaphobia– Fear of cockroaches {Read More}

Plane Crashes, Drug Addiction, and Tomorrow

Sitting here in tears. I just finished reading Heaven is Here, a memoir by Stephanie Nielson, author of the blog, NieNie Dialogues. In my last post, I told you I’d share a funny story about our flight to Florida last week—the one where I overcame my eighteen-year-old fear of getting on an airplane with my hubby while leaving our kids at home.  Since I am attempting to write a book and actually get it published, I’m doing a great deal of {Read More}

The Road to a Flawless Experience

When we must endure hard times in our lives, it’s usually impossible to envision what good could possibly come of it. If you regularly read my blog, you may have read a recent post on Blind Trust. Believing in God is easy. Putting our complete trust in Him is not.  In today’s prescription verse above, Paul tells us how our trials and struggles actually make us better.  You couldn’t say anything Paul didn’t have a comeback for:  People: “You know {Read More}

Sometimes You Just Have to Suffer

Do you ever feel like God has left you or forgotten about you? Do you think Jesus thought His father forgot Him?  Jesus did not want to endure the pain and agony of the cross. But He knew that His crucifixion must take place for God’s plan to be carried out.  God never left Jesus during His suffering. When Jesus hung on the cross at the very end of his life, He separated Himself from God when he sacrificed Himself for {Read More}

My Irrational Fear

Well, I knew it would happen sooner or later. I have to face my own irrational fear.  God showed me his almighty power on September 25, 2010, in no uncertain terms. I know he has a plan. I know he is in control.  I know it, I know it, I know it. But…I don’t fly on the same airplane as my hubby if the kids aren’t along for the trip. I mean, if we all die together that’s one thing; {Read More}

The only physician who can save your life

This week I’ve been focusing on faith. If you didn’t read Saturday’s “Tip to a Happier You,” click here.  I’m currently reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp…which will go at the top of my “Books that will change your life” list. She contemplates Luke 17: 15-19, where there seems to be some inconsistency in the scripture: One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and {Read More}