Grace

God Gave Me Grace

Newlywed and pregnant at age 22, I knew, to love my daughter well, my life needed to change. I needed God’s grace.  Only six months into our marriage, my husband and I found out we were pregnant. At the time, we were “responsible” adults. We sporadically went to church with my mom—a very adult thing… Continue reading God Gave Me Grace

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Hardships and Trials, Mental illness

Admitting Depression

Many joke of 2020 was the worst.  But it was January 2021. I lived through the nastiest month ever. No lie. No exaggeration. I’ve had bad months or seasons before, where a part of my life was in disarray or reeling from tragedy or loss. But January 2021 had tentacles that spread and infected all… Continue reading Admitting Depression

Hope and Love

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas… What does that even mean? As a child, this phrasing meant a swirly, whispering wind that traveled through the air, passing the lit-up Christmas trees with gorgeously wrapped presents beneath them, or past stockings hung on a mantle over a crackling fire, or through a kitchen full of savory and sweet… Continue reading The Spirit of Christmas

Heart Issues, Showing love

Heart Condition Change

Did you know today’s children and young adults are the least Christian generation our nation has ever had? It’s true. So recently, when my daughter came crying to me about “fake” friends who consistently lie (about big and small things) and have no follow-through on what they say they’ll do, I reminded her about the… Continue reading Heart Condition Change