First of all, I’ve missed you. I mean, really, really missed you. I’ll explain at a later date why my posts have been sporadic, but until then…please know how special you are to me. Now back to my simple gifts: 1) A book recommendation. If I could hand you each a personalized gift this Christmas, […]

3 Simple Gifts for You on Christmas Day

Do you hear that? It’s me. Squealing or screaming or making some other super surprised noise. Why am I squealing like a smitten school girl, you might be wondering? Confession time. Most of my youth I dreamed of having my name printed on a pretty pink pencil or polka-dotted coffee mug at one of those […]

Eeeeeeeee! Can You Believe It?

  “A football-sized tumor is embedded around your lungs,” my ER doctor explained. It’s not every day you hear this news, especially when you’re 25 years old and six weeks pregnant. But my diagnosis isn’t where my story begins — because every illness has a unique symptom that internally whispers something’s wrong. Mine seeped out […]

Woman Cheats Death Four Times

What started with a football-sized tumor, ended with back-to-back miracles, I recently told this man in a coffee shop line after my friend, Heather, had introduced us. Heather then blurted out that my book would soon be released. My eyes widened a little. Still digesting the idea that strangers would read my honest thoughts on […]

When God Doesn't Intervene

It never fails. Each time I’ve given a presentation or radio interview, something crazy happens just before my event. Like a spontaneous guests popping by during my only quiet preparation time. The police knocking on my door. The computer crashing, pneumonia, serious brain fog, or power outages. Honest-to-goodness, my first scheduled book interview with Janet […]

Be a Pest. Drive God Crazy (part 2)

Yesterday I stumbled upon this while cleaning out my office:  Can you guess what it is? If you’ve read When God Intervenes, you’ll remember I mentioned the coloring/activity pages the elderly man gave me at church. Can you believe we kept this gem of a book after all these years? A smile crossed my face […]

Those Who've Read The Book Will Appreciate These {And, Happy 19th, Babe!}

I’ve gone through seasons of my life paralyzed by fear–mainly from the uncertainty of my diseases, or fearing death itself. However, four weeks ago as I was preparing to speak to a group of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) on this very topic, I found myself slinking back into anxiety’s grip. My downward spiral started with the […]

I Don't Want To Worry Anymore (part 1)

I cut my hand on an emulsion blender. You know—one of those long, handheld devices with a rotating blade at the end you use to puree soups or smoothies or homemade baby food so you don’t have to pull out the hefty, over-sized food processor. It turns out they’re pretty sharp. I plugged the device […]

Just Remember This for Next Time

  {Warning. The second half of this post is intended for those 18 and older. For my  younger followers, please skip this hidden secret I had hoped to keep under wraps a little longer.} Today, I’m jumping on board of a *My Writing Process Blog Tour*, which my friend, Cara Leucht (she’s pictured on the […]

My Hidden Secret…

{Devotional For Those Walking Through Hardship} “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” ~ Jesus Matthew 26:38 One thing is certain, when I was pregnant with cancer, I felt overwhelmed with sorrow. Fear crept into my life overnight, and wrestled with my thoughts for […]

Sorrow Isn't A Sin

  {A recent guest post I shared over at}   I used to be fearful of a lot of things. I worried about money. I agonized over work projects and whether I was competent to perform a job well done. Seeking the approval of others was another fear. Did I offend them? Will they like […]

The One Thing I Wish I Believed Sooner

Recently I was interviewed by Tricia Goyer from Living Inspired where I shared the one thing I wished I would have believed when I was first diagnosed, a tiny tidbit of wisdom that would have changed my fear-filled days into accepting the truth instead of the lies clouding my mind. Keep in mind while you […]

Recent Radio Interview {Plus Win a Free Copy of the Book}

{Devotional} It’s a lie what friends are telling you. If you haven’t heard the sentiment, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” consider yourself among the fortunate. This attempt for comforting those crawling through painful circumstances has been repeated for far too long. My children mean well. They always do, but in this […]

It's a Lie What Friends are Telling You

Guest blogger: Aimee Nelson Sitting at my kitchen table a few days ago, I hear my five-year-old yell from the patio, “I am strong, I am big.” Hearing those words I stopped what I was doing and decided to listen in on the conversation he was having with his friend. I hear him say again, […]

Whose Words Do You Believe?

I want to apologize for my last post. I didn’t mean to offend anyone with my words. I guess that’s the problem with blogging. You put your thoughts out there and sometimes you don’t consider how they can be taken. Either way, my last post was not filled with grace, and therefore I’ve deleted it. […]

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