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Encouragement for Life

For Real, Not for Pretend!

My four year old son, Caleb has discovered the difference between real and pretend.  He came running to me one morning yelling, “I have my underwear on for real momma!”  Another afternoon Caleb hollered in his little mischievous voice, “daddy is home!” and then snickered before telling me that he was just pretending.  Last week, I overheard him telling his twin friends about how he had asked Jesus into his heart to heal him.  He said adamantly, “I asked Jesus for real, not for pretend!” 



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The Road Less Traveled



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Going with the flow!

Summer has flown by so fast and I’m trying to soak up every bit of fun before it is all over.  I’ve been learning that having fun means I have to go with the flow of things.  As a person who thrives on structure and organization, this is tough to do.  I have to constantly work at bending against these natural tendencies by letting go of control and being present in the moment.   



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Healing from Depression

Like the rest of the world, I was shocked by the death of Robin Williams this week.  A myriad of emotions came over me even though I didn’t know him personally.  I have been disturbed and saddened by how Williams died.  At first, it was difficult for me to understand why a famous and successful actor would commit suicide.  It would seem that Robin Williams had everything to make him want to live.  Yet, he chose to take his own life. 



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Fun in the Son!

I love to watch kids at play.  They are so carefree and spontaneous.  Their imagination amazes me as ideas are expressed through interactive play with one another.  The energy and enthusiasm coming from their little bodies is fun to see and can be contagious when I relax enough to soak it up.  Kids know how to have fun and enjoy each day.  I am learning from them how to have fun and not be a boring, busy and tired adult.  I'm looking for Fun in the Son this summer!  



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Guarding Freedom

This sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it?  If freedom means we are free then why do we need to guard it?  Yet today, more than ever, I believe the guarding of freedom pertains specifically to Christians.  Read headlines of stories around the globe and you will see how the expression of Christian faith is challenged and most times penalized. 



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This Father's Day, I Choose To Love

Father’s Day has always been tough for me because I wish my relationship with my dad could be different and better.  Even though we live in the same town, I rarely talk to him about anything in depth.  I am as much responsible for the state of our relationship as he is and being a follower of Christ, I know that I should make more of an effort to reach out to him.  When my boys were born, I thought the bond between dad and I would strengthen because of the possibility that we might spend more time together.  Regrettably, this did not happen so I became resentful of my dad. 



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Your Most Important Relationship

Have you ever wondered where we get the concept of relationship?  Why do we desire relationships with people?  Why do we enjoy good friendships and want to share life with others?  There is a deep longing in our hearts for significant and lasting relationships but why is this so?  How is it that a heart knows it needs relationships in order to satisfy its most insatiable cravings? 



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Religion or Relationship

Do you try to be a good person or do you aim to please God?  Tired of following rituals and traditions to earn God’s approval?  I’ve tried for many years to be a good person, following rituals and traditions in order to be right with God.  What I’ve learned is, these things give me religion but God wants a heart to heart connection with me through a relationship with His Son Jesus.   



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The Groundhog Days of Motherhood

Every morning I wake up to the same day.  I call it my Groundhog Day…..as in the movie. 



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