All of us have a story. Sometimes, the only part of someone’s story that we see is the pretty part. That part where they are successful, happy, healed, and whole. We see the business owner who is making good money, vacationing and living the life they want; but we didn’t see the years of struggle or the 80 hour work weeks during the building phase. We see the author who breaks through and has a best seller; but we didn’t see the days when the words wouldn’t come, the rejection letters, the pages tossed in the trash. We see the happy mama with her kiddos all smiling and obedient; but we didn’t see the tears she shed at night or the hours spent on her knees in prayer. Continue Reading
I discovered a new site for moms last night. I can’t remember how I found it. I think it came up as a suggested page when I liked something on Facebook. I had never heard of it before, but it sounded intriguing so I looked at their business page, liked what I read and went to the website. It’s one of those sites with lots of contributors who write different articles (I’m assuming on different subjects, I’m new there, so I’m not sure). I wanted to see who all the contributors were so I read their bios. It seems great and very encouraging and helpful, but something was missing. Continue Reading
Faith stands at the edge of your unborn tomorrows and whispers deep into your soul – it will happen. I saw this quote on Dr. Stephen Swisher’s Facebook page early last year and it immediately went into my Life Notes and is now also written on the May page of my calendar. It is what I’m thinking about and meditating on, asking God to make it real in my life this month. Getting those unborn tomorrows birthed, however, takes perseverance, patience, and trust. Birth is a messy, unpredictable process. It can be quick and relatively easy, or it can be long and fraught with complications. It’s the same with birthing our dreams. Some seem to come to pass with little effort on our part, but most have to be fought for, believed for, waited for. Continue Reading
How are you?
Fine or Good or Blessed …. Those are the usual answers we give, right? I was asked that question at church last night. “Hi Beth! How are you?”. “I’m good”, I said with a smile. And inside I could hear the truth pounding in my head and my heart. I wanted to say “I’m not good. I have so many, many heavy things on my heart and I can’t see the breakthrough yet. I know it’s coming. I know God is going to show up. But right now, I can’t see it.” I wanted desperately to tell the truth. But those aren’t the words that came. Continue Reading
This week in our character series, I wanted to talk about Gratitude. My search for a great quote led me to many that really resonated with me. It was hard to choose …so I probably won’t pick just one 🙂 I’m starting off with this – “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody BeattieContinue Reading