“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”—Romans 1:8 (NKJV) In this verse, the apostle Paul praises the faith-filled Christians living in Rome. At first glance, it’s easy to miss the historical significance of Paul’s admiration. Consider this: Rome was a hedonistic […]

Refining Our Spiritual Reputation

Sadly, this apology won’t reach everyone it needs to, because I’m pretty sure I lost many blog followers yesterday. After I emailed out my last post, my husband asked if I knew what the title of my blog post meant. I won’t go into the full discussion, because it ends with me mortified at my […]

I Am Deeply Sorry

There are some things in life I want to be better at. Cooking restaurant-quality meals is one of them. I have one meal in my recipe box that meets this qualification. Mind you, my standards are high. While attending Palm Beach Atlantic University,I worked at a high-end members’ only restaurant that overlooked Palm Beach. This may […]

A Chance to Win Bragging Rights

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 ILoveDevotionals.com.}   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 […]

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