Five Ways to Feel More Love and Compassion

    This is a guest post by a new blogger friend, Beth Martel,  I have that goes well with my blog…especially a series I did a few years ago called “Tips to a Happier You in 2012”  Click that if you’d like to go back and read it. Here’s Beth’s guest post today. Enjoy! Love and compassion are the two things that we all need and we all deserve. It is something that we give in order to get. It {Read More}

Why This Teenage Girl Doesn’t Kiss Her Boyfriend

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I couldn’t help but share this post a senior friend of Trevor’s posted on Facebook. We all know how our society has become so sexually promiscuous. When it’s time for my second and third child to get married, I want them to have someone to choose from who has saved themselves for marriage. I’m not belittling those who have already chosen to have sex, and there is a very real concept called “reclaimed virginity.” It’s {Read More}

My Story~Prescription for Addiction (On video!)

I’ve been awol for awhile now. Miranda got married in May and I spent about 9 months planning the wedding. I’ll show you some pictures in an upcoming blog post 🙂 I’m so proud of Miranda and Jamie and all they’ve accomplished. But it definitely takes a village! We also spent quite a bit of time traveling this summer and I’ll be sure and send some pics from our trip as well. But in this post I’m getting back to {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}

The Experience of Addiction~Broken for Others (Graffiti Summer)

I didn’t realize it at the time, but God allowed me to be broken for others…for seven years. At least it wasn’t forty years like Moses! For fourteen years I filled prescriptions for people and while I could tell them side effects, interactions, instructions, etc., I could not understand the desperation they felt for these medications. Prescriptions for insomnia, pain, depression, and anxiety. And then of course the prescriptions to get OFF of those meds. Addiction. Desperation. I really didn’t {Read More}

To be whole…check out the GRAFFITI on the other side of the street

How can you understand what it’s like to be homeless if you’ve always had a roof over your head? How do you know what it feels like to starve if you’ve always had food to eat? How do you know what it’s like to be thirsty if you’ve always had clean water to drink? We  take for granted the things we are used to having every day. (Tweet that )      Would you appreciate staring at your beautiful daughter more if {Read More}

Seven Ways to Stay Passionate About Your Passion

Are you passionate about something? How did that passion arise in your heart? Is it a hobby? Is it a calling? A labor of love?    Satan loves to discourage us. To make us think our passions—our dreams—are insignificant, or downright foolish. Don’t let him have the satisfaction. Here are seven quick tips to keep your passion alive: (Click here to tweet this ) 1. Stay connected to it every day, one way or another~No matter what your passion is, I {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}

Seven Important “P” Words That Can Make or Break You

  1. Peace~Claim it; God has already given it to us. I have said these things to you, than in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 ESV) 2. Procrastination~Stop it; We always regret it when we procrastinate. Why do we do it even though we know better? The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. (Proverbs {Read More}

Author Interview~The Greatest Book Ever Written

I don’t normally do author interviews on my blog, but this is one Author that had to be recognized. This is an interview with the author of THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK EVER WRITTEN. Click here to tweet 🙂 Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. I do not faint or grow weary; My understanding is unsearchable. (Isiah 40:28) I am the Alpha and the Omega, who {Read More}

Thought #1: God has a purpose for you

Life in this world is difficult. No doubt about it. Every step of life brings a new set of struggles. What is hard for us to see, though, is that everything we go through shapes us into the person God wants us to become. How many times have you quoted Romans 8:28 when someone is going through a difficult time? And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called {Read More}

“Change your thoughts and you change your world”~Norman Vincent Peale

  One of the first non-fiction books I ever read was The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. I was in my first year of college at Clemson University, and I was hopelessly homesick. My mom put everything into my hands she could to help me through that first semester at Clemson, and that book was part of the package. It’s a shame wisdom comes with age, but I’m sure it’s all part of God’s plan. That’s one of those {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}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Made to Crave

Here are a few things I know about taste and mood:  It makes us happy to eat something sweet…a comfort food. If we eat a healthy diet, we feel better and are therefore happier. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.  We feel happier—more satisfied—when our stomachs are full.  And last but not least… Food is often about relationships. Relationships between us and God, us and friends, and us and our own soul. There have been tons of {Read More}