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Understanding Grief & Giving Grace When It’s Not Linear

Grief is complicated, and the grieving process can feel more difficult during the holidays. For me, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas often bring unexpected reminders of loss. And I don't know why it surprises me. Loss is an inevitable part of life, and so...

Three Simple Steps that Will Change How You See Yourself!

 Today I want to help you think about the way you love yourself. What are things you do that identify your value? We don't focus on this subject very often; instead, we determine our value based on what we've accomplished. We tell ourselves, "I'll take a break when I...

Purpose: Updates and Opportunities!

In the years since 2007, we’ve experienced highs and lows. We lost my dad to lung cancer, I published my first book (One Light Still Shines), and we adopted our youngest son. I’m grateful for the life we’ve built together, and the way God has carried us through it all. But perhaps the past few years have been some of the most transformative yet.

Don’t Quit.  Just Rest.

Don’t Quit. Just Rest.

Most of us can relate to experiences that almost crushed our resolve to continue in the pursuit of our dreams. Seasons of continual devastation are exhausting, and when we’re tired, it’s easy to consider giving up. The dreams that once felt inspiring are not just too...

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Joseph’s Story

Are you familiar with Joseph's story? He’s one of my favorites. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may remember reading a similar sentence last week. In fact, you've probably heard me talk about him a lot.  I love leading women's retreats where we spend...

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Grace To Get Through

When it comes to dealing with the problems in our lives, sometimes we look for a way out, not a way to get through. And that’s understandable. Processing the amount of mental, emotional, and physical stamina necessary to trudge through the hardship can feel...

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How Did I Get Here?

Have you ever looked at your life and tried to figure out how the plans you thought were taking you in one direction suddenly ended up somewhere you never envisioned?  I have.  And I didn’t see it coming. On October 2, 2006, my life changed.  My husband and I were...

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Three Ways To Help Grieving Friends Survive The Holidays

Five days after our first anniversary, my husband and I lost our daughter.  I was 26 weeks pregnant and went into labor.  It was hard and fast.  There was nothing the doctors could do to stop it, and our daughter lived only 20 minutes.  The grief and shock were...

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A Letter To My Friends Who Have Said #metoo

For all my friends who have said #metoo, I am so sorry. But before I go any further, maybe you could say #metoo, but you haven’t yet. You still feel too alone to do it. Too scared that no one will believe you. Maybe you tried to tell a friend but their doubt and...

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