Stepping Into the Light

Words of encouragement for those stepping into the light

Walking into the darkness can be difficult – whether it’s a physical, emotional, or spiritual darkness. Going from the light and having to adjust to the darkness takes some effort. We can’t move quickly, for fear of stumbling. Darkness, by nature, forces us to slow down, to move cautiously. We consider it easier to maneuver […]


10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Morning

10 surefire ways to jumpstart your morning when you lack energy and struggle with motivation.

I woke up this morning on the wrong side of the bed, feeling a little grumpy and a lot groggy. It was one of those dreary, rain-filled starts to the day that left much to be desired. I struggled to get out of bed, I struggled to get off of the couch, and I struggled […]


What if God Actually Answered My Prayer

His words startled me. Could be be that God actually answered my prayer?

His words caught me totally by surprise. I looked up from what I was doing to be sure I’d heard him. My husband has never been very definitive about anything, especially pertaining to our marriage, so his matter-of-fact response caught me off guard. My husband and I have had a rough few years. We’ve had […]


How to Survive a Spiritual Landmine

Practical advice for when you're tempted to throw in the towel because the spiritual attack seems too great.

It’s nights like this when we’re still transitioning to Daddy’s second-shift job, so this mama is taking care of all the homework, all the practices, all the kid needs and pet needs and food needs. All. The. Things. And of course, Daddy forgot to put the soccer equipment back where it goes, and he didn’t […]


If Your Light Has Gone Out {and you’re pondering divorce}

If you find yourself pondering divorce, if you feel that your light has gone out, please read this encouragement first.

I haven’t written much lately because I’ve been struggling to process something that I read. Let me start this post by saying that I fully realize that we all approach our decision-making differently, and God calls us all to different paths, and honestly, I don’t expect this post to win me too many new friends. […]


When You Need a Fresh Perspective of Your Goliath

Does your "Goliath" seem too big, even in marriage? Read this encouraging perspective on how to look at your problems.

Sometimes we need an utter change in perspective, don’t we? I just read a different perspective on David’s attempt to kill Goliath. I think I’ve probably heard it before, but it sure isn’t the perspective I usually hold. Usually I consider (probably like most of us) that Goliath was a huge giant and that it […]


4 Ways to Intentionally Connect with Your Spouse

"True love stands...even closer on bad days." Here are 4 ways to intentionally connect with your spouse to make sure you're close on good days and bad days.

I love quotes – I love that someone can succinctly capture what I’m feeling in an eloquent manner. Because I blog about marriage, particularly – dealing with a troubled marriage, I look for quotes that help me focus on marriage. I recently came across this quote: True love stands by each other’s side on good […]


4 Ways to Overcome the Post-argument Hangover

You argued with your husband...again... but then you reconciled. So why do you still feel defeated inside? Learn how to overcome the post-argument hangover emotions that keep you from experiencing victory. 4 Ways to Overcome the Post-argument Hangover

Click this link to fill out the short form for the Facebook group.   We fought off and on all day long, never really resolving any issues. By evening, we were both weary from the battle, both nursing wounds, both feeling like failures who just can’t seem to get this marriage thing right. Then after […]


Am I Cheapening Grace in my Marriage?

I met a man who extended grace to my marriage. Are my actions a reflection of gratitude, or do they cheapen his grace in my marriage?

On October 2, 2013, I met someone. I was at a place in life that I’d never scripted for myself – never would have scripted for myself – and found myself in an office of a man who didn’t know me, and certainly didn’t owe me anything. I don’t know if it was standard practice to pay […]


3 Ways to Prepare My Heart to Submit

"Submission" is a divisive word, yet something we're called to do. Here are 3 ways I prepare my heart to submit.

If you’ve been in Christian circles long enough, you know there’s a word that is certain to stir up mixed feelings, wild emotions, opposing points of views, and general frustration. There are some who try to live by the intent of the word, and there are others who immediately put up a wall when you […]