• Inspirational

    The Beginning Of Conflict Resolution

    I can’t tell you how much I want to say I have this down. This was a big eye-opener for me. You see, I recently found out that a dear friend of mine has been speaking unkind things about someone I love and lying. Honestly, my reaction was of hurt and brokenness. Externally I was quiet and listening to someone tell me what was being said about them by this person. Internally though, I questioned why they would deliberately and intentionally lie and say such things?  I mean, this person is a good friend of mine. This person knows that the things they are saying aren’t true. I kept playing…

  • Inspirational

     What God Knows I Need

    Life is an adventure. No day is exactly the same, and sometimes, the days look nothing alike. We laugh at the funny moments that come our way and cry when things hurt. And we usually do this alongside someone. There’s usually someone we can always go to. The one person who is always there for us, ready to laugh with us, cry with us, and hand us the tissue when we need it. He, or she, may hug us, hold us, comfort us, laugh with us, and help us when we need them. Can you think of this person right now? Who comes to your mind? Is it your mother…

  • Inspirational

    Faithfulness Over Worry

    I love taking care of my children. They love each other so much. As soon as Kealem sees his little sister, Emberlynn, he runs up and greets her with the biggest smile on his face. He opens the door to her room, and you hear them exchange a “Hello” to each other, followed by laughs and giggles! I love watching them grow up together. Kaelem is a fun boy. He isn’t outgoing, but as he gets older, I see him coming out of his shell more and more. He is always happy, sweet, and kind. He’s very thoughtful and takes care of his little sister. Emberlynn loves people! She is…

  • Inspirational,  My Thoughts

    A Perfect Love

    Understanding love is complicated. It’s not black and white, and there are many types of love too. There’s the love we get from our parents, love we get from friends, love we have for people in general, the love we have for our spouses. There is one kind of love that we aren’t always familiar with. Some of us may know this love, others may have known this love at one time, and others may have never known this love at all. God’s love. The Bible talks about a perfect person coming down to us, in the form of a baby, born of a virgin, sent to seek and save…

  • Inspirational,  My Thoughts

    Realities

    Brokenness is hard. Nothing about being broken is easy. It’s vulnerable and humbling. As children, we grow up thinking life is full of these fantastic opportunities and experiences we’ll experience as we get older. We dream of becoming something and doing great things! Little by little, things start to shift. Our dreams, goals, desires, they change. But the idea that life will work out does not. Our high school graduation comes, and we begin to branch out, do things on our own, make something of ourselves. Then the college years come and go. It doesn’t matter that we eat ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or that our car…

  • Inspirational

    Identity

    This topic of identity has come up a lot in recent years. There’s a big confusion regarding seeing ourselves as we truly are. Who would you say that you are? Do you know? Before you list off a bunch of things, let’s take a moment to sit in silence, really take it in, and think about this for a little. If we take away every title, we have. Mother, father, brother, manager, employee, boss, friend, co-worker, nanny, daycare provider, teacher, engineer, programmer, consultant, customer service rep, who do we have?   Yes, I am a daughter, a mother, a wife, a friend. I’m a speaker, a teacher, a hostess, a…

  • Inspirational

    Imperfections

    I want to take a moment and be honest with you. I really hate that I do not have it all together. It frustrates me to know that I can’t go through life making things work out. Why can’t I say the right things and do things correctly and consistently? No, of course not! In a perfect world, I could strut around confident that my attire was not wrinkled. I could walk into a room full of strangers and not get choked up in my words and make a fool of myself. Wouldn’t that be great? I can see myself now. I could go about my day perfectly dressed, smelling…

  • Inspirational,  My Thoughts

    Am I Too Distracted To Care For People?

    Responsibilities. We can’t run from them. We can’t give them to someone else. We may be able to postpone them or rearrange them at times, but they are ours to take care of. I remember conversing with a couple of friends of mine a few years back. I don’t remember what sparked the conversation, but what I do remember is a statement that was said. This statement has stuck with me and has made such a huge impact on my perspective and how I care and tend my relationships. We were talking about taking care of children when this statement was said, but it can apply to us in our…

  • Inspirational,  My Thoughts

    My Cup Overflows Because Of Jesus

    I love my life. My husband and I get to raise our children together, which is a blessing in and of itself. My house is small, and it isn’t perfect. Storage space is a little low; some trim work needs to be done and probably some painting as well, but it fits my family and, more importantly, it’s home to us. God is such a blessing to us and is ever-present in our lives. I know we wouldn’t be where we are without Him. Our friends and family are amazing. We love spending time with them, and, while not always easy, that time brings us all closer together. Recently, some…

  • Inspirational

    Reflections

    How does a person reflect on their life? Every perception. Every word that was spoken. What do we think about? I know that every circumstance, while some are similar, is still a unique experience. Some are special, and others are damaging. And sometimes, detrimental. Most of those memories that we have accumulated will come from people. Strangers, family, friends, acquaintances. Still, others will come from circumstances that are out of our hands, such as a hurricane or another natural disaster. I think we will agree that we all reflect on our lives at one point or another while we don’t mind reflecting on the good. The bad, well, that’s a…