The Master Painter

The Master Painterfeatured

Last Monday night at about 3:00 a.m., as moms often are, I was awakened by my two-year-old son.  Now he’s old enough to go back to sleep by himself, but I had not been home for his bedtime to tuck him in, so I agreed to rock him for a few minutes in the rocking chair.  As Read more


Easy Cheesy Tater Tot Casserolefeatured

There are those people… Who cook wonderfully creative dishes and make beautifully elaborate cookbooks. And then… there’s me. 🙂 While I do LOVE to try cooking new dishes when I feel inspired from time to time (my recent favorites are Pork Chops with Apples from Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier Read more

Just Another Night in the Kitchen

Just Another Night in the Kitchenfeatured

Yesterday evening I was in need of a Savior.  It was after dinner time, and I wasn’t feeling like myself.  My thoughts were not right.  They were accusing, negative, and fearful–laced with threads of hopelessness. The Enemy Doesn’t Play Fair I know this game. It’s one that our enemy likes to play. He likes to throw Read more

Patience Grows When We Have to Wait

Patience Grows When We Have to Waitfeatured

Here I am.  Sitting in front of keyboard and screen in my PJ’s, ready to let the words gush.  I just had to write something this morning, because I miss writing. I have always approached this blog as a labor of love–as a really fun job that requires and deserves my attention and care on a regular basis. Read more

First Things First

First Things Firstfeatured

As parents we are given the responsibility of steering the family ship.  We map out a course, and we set sail. It is up to us to see that the wind and waves don’t knock us off course and that our children are kept safe and are thriving.  Storms may come, and we need to Read more

Everybody Dance Now! 3 Fun Ways to Sprinkle a Little Dance Into Your Day

Everybody Dance Now! 3 Fun Ways to Sprinkle a Little Dance Into Your Dayfeatured

It’s time for Five Minute Friday again–the time each week that blogging friends from all over get together and write for five minutes flat on a one-word prompt. This week’s writing prompt is the word DANCE.  To read more fun and encouraging posts, visit the link-up at Kate’s place. Here we go in 3…2…1… Everybody Read more

Truth is a Person

Truth is a Personfeatured

I stumbled across an article on Psychology Today that was addressing the issue of truth as we perceive it.  It caught my attention because of the title: “The Truth Will Not Set You Free”. I was immediately curious and began to browse through it, thinking I would be completely opposed to the points of view Read more

The Amazing Truth About Grace!

The Amazing Truth About Grace!featured

Sometimes I wonder if my kids have trouble hearing. My husband wonders the same thing.  We tell them something and it’s like we haven’t said a thing.  They go on about what they were doing like they didn’t hear us.  So then we say it again. Sometimes we say it a little louder, and sometimes we Read more

Write 31 Days (Come Join Me!)

Write 31 Days (Come Join Me!)featured

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. -John 8:32 NLT This month I’ll be participating in Write 31 Days with writers from all around the web. “31 Days is an online writing challenge started by home blogger, Myquillyn Smith (The Nester), and now hosted by Crystal Stine, where bloggers pick Read more

Join me on Periscope today!

Join me on Periscope today!featured

Hey friends! I recorded my first scope today, and it should be available for the next 24 hours. I sure hope you’ll join me! I share a little about my day and let you in on a couple of secrets. We also have some yummy prayer time together and talk more about the transforming power of Read more

Just Say No to Guilt… and Lean Into Grace

Just Say No to Guilt… and Lean Into Gracefeatured

One day while I was on vacation last summer, I found myself with a few minutes to spare.  I was alone, and the children were occupied. Without the normal household companions that call my name at home (like Laundry and Dishes), I decided to watch a little something on Netflix just for fun. All of a sudden, I noticed a little guilty feeling Read more

Just Keep Creating!

Just Keep Creating!featured

Graceful mama, you’ve got something great inside of you that’s just waiting to come out! When you let your creativity begin to flow on a regular basis, you will tap into more of who you are.  You will begin to discover more of who God created you to be, and it will be fulfilling!  It Read more

What Makes a Successful Day?

What Makes a Successful Day?featured

I often hear talk about setting yourself up for success—about accomplishing the goals and tasks you have in mind in order to feel like you have been successful.  I am all for setting goals and having a plan in place to accomplish them. But sometimes I have to take a step back and remind myself what Read more