Help! I can’t sleep.

Sleep. We all need it, yet most of us get enough. We live in a society that thrives on productivity; we sacrifice sleep in order to meet deadlines at work or to cram for exams. Most of us don’t make healthy sleep a priority. When we don’t get enough sleep, it takes a toll on us physically, emotionally and psychologically. Did you know poor sleep…

Celebrating 90 and counting

Celebrating 90 and counting

Last week I had the privilege of celebrating two very special people in my life, Mrs. Geneva who turned 95, and Mr. Bob who turned 90. When I think about these two, I am moved by their commitment to serve. Both continue to serve in various ministries; each are others-focused. They have both overcome tremendous hardships in their lifetime, and as a result, their faith…

Changing the Insanity

Changing the Insanity

We’ve all heard it. The definition of insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting a different result. We keep binging on the potato chips before bed and pray to lose weight while we sleep. We keep yelling at our spouse but want a happier marriage. If we want change, we have to do things differently. My mom has a red bird who visits frequently….

Hard Things Can Be Scary

Hard Things Can Be Scary

Do you ever shy away from tough challenges for fear that you might fail? For years my first husband, Michael, asked me to climb Mt. Yonah with him. Every time he asked, my answer was the same. “No way. It’s too tough.” It was several years after he died when I finally tackled this mountain (literally) for the first time. Covered in sweat and breathing…

God, Are You Listening?

God, Are You Listening?

Ever prayed for something over and over and over again only to feel like no one is listening? Most of the Old Testament prophets spoke the word of the Lord to the people, but Habakkuk spoke to God on behalf of the people. He felt like God wasn’t listening. In 2:3, God tells Habakkuk, “If it seems slow, wait for it.” God tells us when…

Letting Go of Shame

Letting Go of Shame

Shame. We’ve all felt it at some point, but did you know shame was one of the first emotions after the Fall? In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit and that their eyes were opened. They knew that they were naked – they became self-conscious of their own weakness, their own vulnerability. What did they do? They hid in shame….