Perception & Blessings with Sheila Rhodes

This Is Why Perception Matters

I love flowers! Now that summer is here; I love seeing all the flowers in the landscaping of my next door neighbor’s yard. After a long and cold spring, the flowers have finally all returned from their long winter’s nap. They even seem to…

July 17, 2019
When life feels like a three-ring circus

The Chaos of Life & How It Impacts My Self-Worth

For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity. -Proverbs 24:16 (NIV) My life feels like a three-ring circus. This thought crossed my mind today, and not for the first time. And by a…

July 15, 2019
Grace and Truth, a weekly Christian link up

Grace and Truth for When We Struggle

Have you ever felt like a failure as a Christian woman? Like, you looked at other Christian women doing all the things, and then looked in the mirror and found yourself wanting? Candid Confession: I have.…

July 12, 2019
What to do when you need an attitude adjustment

3 Steps To Take When You Need An Attitude Adjustment

I’ve had those days. I’m sure you have too. Those days when one annoying thing happens, then something else goes wrong, followed by another… and in a short amount of time, you find yourself grumbling about everything, and maybe even taking your frustration out…

July 10, 2019
Grace & Truth Link Up

Grace & Truth for Quiet Time Distractions

One of my favorite things to do is read my Bible aloud. Not like to anyone. Just to myself. I love hearing the Word of God. Putting inflection into it. There’s just something about speaking it aloud that makes it come alive for me.…

July 5, 2019
Friendship goals & Jesus

Puff The Magic Dragon, Friendship Goals, & Jesus

As long as I can remember I have had a fear of rejection and abandonment. I remember being very young and crying at the song “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Little Jackie Paper moved on from his friend Puff. Basically, as the song goes, Jackie…

July 3, 2019
Grace and Truth: a weekly Christian link up.

Grace & Truth for When You Have Trouble Falling Asleep

Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Would you be surprised to learn that this is a common struggle among women? In 2002 the National Sleep Foundation did a survey that found 63% of women suffered from insomnia. That’s a lot of tired…

June 28, 2019
When you know you're not enough...

4 Things To Do When You Know That You Are Not Enough

I am not enough. That is the truth that has been sinking in lately. I sat in the office with only half the amount of paperwork that I was supposed to have with me. My printer had run out of ink that morning (I…

June 24, 2019
Grace and Truth

Grace and Truth For Questions Like “Are You Okay?”

Are you okay? How are you doing today? How’s it going? These are questions we get asked on a regular basis. Or at least we do in my neck of the woods. And 90% of the time, they are asked because people really want…

June 21, 2019
4 Ways to Fight Anxiety with Faith

4 Ways to Fight Anxiety With Faith and Prayer

“Should I move back home to Hawaii or should I stay in San Francisco?” this question kept me up at night and then when I did fall asleep it leaked in and crowded my dreams.   I was in my first semester of college…

June 19, 2019
Grace and truth link up

Grace & Truth For Such A Time As This

Can I be honest and tell you that I haven’t always loved the story of Esther in the Bible? It’s one of the stories that I didn’t always understand from the first time I read it. Let me be frank, I’m a very analytical…

June 14, 2019
Woman holding Bible wondering what does the Bible say about.... Grace and Truth Link Up

Just What Does The Bible Say About Your Struggle?

Let’s be honest, we all struggle with something. And sometimes, we’d like to know just what the Bible says about it. You know, find out if our struggle is even worth struggling with in the first place. Or maybe we talk ourselves into something…

June 7, 2019
Clinging to God's promises when you wake up in the wilderness

When You Wake Up In The Wilderness

Clinging to God’s promises when you wake up in the wilderness with Valerie Riese. As I woke up and my mind began to orientate to a new day, reality hit like a sucker punch. I’m walking  through the wilderness called “cancer”, and for the…

June 5, 2019
Trusting God - Even when you cannot see.

3 Lessons In Trusting God (even when you cannot see)

In a previous blog post I told the story of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that shook Alaska (and to some extent, my faith) last November. As I write this, I have the benefit of hindsight. Our home hasn’t been repaired yet, but we are…

June 3, 2019
Grace and Truth for when parenting is hard

Grace & Truth For When Parenting Is Hard

Let’s be honest for a moment… parenting is hard. Even on the good days. Even under “normal circumstances.” (Whatever that means.) My children are growing up. Our youngest (twins) will turn 12 this year. They start 6th grade in the fall. I’ve started reminiscing…

May 31, 2019

Will You Stand In The Gap For Us?

Have you ever had a season when you struggled to summon the strength to get out of bed each morning? Perhaps you are in such a season now. I wrote this post to encourage and help you. And I also have a favor to…

May 27, 2019