The Ugly Side of Me

I slammed my fist on the table and shouted words from my mouth as quickly as they entered my mind. My hands shook with anger and I stomped out of the room feeling justified in my reaction, considering her offense.  “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Anger. That is what IContinue reading “The Ugly Side of Me”

In the Ceasing: Letting Go of All the Striving

“Cease from striving.”  ‘I’m not striving, I’m working.’  “Cease from striving.”  ‘These are good things!’  “Cease from striving.” ‘What does that even mean? How do I cease from striving when I have so much on my plate?’  “Cease from striving.”  This has been my dialogue with God over the last two years. A simple whisper.Continue reading “In the Ceasing: Letting Go of All the Striving”

The Ugly Side of Adoption

If you find yourself encouraged, follow my new blog at http://www.streamsandthorns.com for more posts like this one. I found this entry the other day while randomly flipping through an old journal: “January 2, 2013 Today, sort of in passing and sort of without even realizing it, I prayed a prayer. ‘Do something great through me… No matterContinue reading “The Ugly Side of Adoption”

Dear Ashley From Two Years Ago…

Dear Ashley From Two Years Ago, Hey, it’s me. (Or you, rather.) It is two years today that you have been here in Brazil (a year and a half in the Jungle) and I wanted to let you know a few things about this journey you are about to embark on. Go ahead and sitContinue reading “Dear Ashley From Two Years Ago…”

Thankful Thursday: Baby Steps

I finally had them all occupied. With my kids and the two other MKs staying with me splashing happily in the basin of water around back and soaking each other to the core, I quietly slipped into my bedroom for some “me” time. About the time I unplugged the computer from the charger, my oldestContinue reading “Thankful Thursday: Baby Steps”

Five Minute Friday: Bare

Joining up with Lisa Jo Baker on Five Minute Friday to simply write, unscripted for five minutes on a simple word. This week: bare.In this world of façades and masks, I try to live bare. I don\’t do it because I like it. It\’s hard to live fully exposed. It\’s hard to admit my struggles, doubts, fears,Continue reading “Five Minute Friday: Bare”