“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent (unstoppable).” ~ Calvin Coolidge


Recently I heard Jimmy Evans, one of my favorite marriage guru guys, say, “If the devil can’t stop you, He will push you.” Ugh. I constantly feel the enemy’s pointy fingers pressing against my back on a daily basis. Jimmy continued his message with, “You can either pray or worry. If you don’t pray, you […]

Anyone Else Feeling the Shove?

Mid-Saturday morning, I received the most hurtful email. The writer shared how her and her friends read my blog, and she basically surmised in bullet-point format their thoughts on how I had failed as a Christian.  I’ll only repeat a few of their comments…so hang with me. I promise there’s a redeeming reason in why I’m […]

Roar Back

And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. I am scared. And weepy. And my emotions are slightly yo-yo-ey these days (I realize yo-yo-ey isn’t a word…but I’m giving myself grace due to my minimal thought-aligning abilities lately. My thinker is no Bueno). I almost didn’t post an update because really, who wants […]

I’m Not a Fan of Pain

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

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!}

  {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

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. […]

Please Forgive Me

“You wouldn’t be vulnerable if you weren’t valuable.” Steven Furtick Thursday was a bad day. I woke tired and cranky and yipped at Jason when he asked if I’d sent in our RSVP for an upcoming dinner. Poor guy. Had he used the word “Babe” before his question, I irrationally explained, then I wouldn’t have […]

Vulnerability Signifies Value

It started when the police officer knocked on my door. That’s when I knew my week had finally culminated into crazy. Just an hour earlier my sister’s power had blown, making it impossible for her industrial-sized printer to produce the last of the merchandise for my “Get Well” baskets we created for that afternoon’s event. […]

"It's Back"

I suppose I’ve always liked to control things — to plan my career or vacations or schedule my day in half-hour increments, for efficiency’s sake. It was a gift, I thought, this mapping out of my life so I didn’t waste time reaching my goals. That was until I found myself in the emergency room […]

How Life Gets Easier

I want my husband to love me unconditionally, even in the midst of my dumb choices. But I’m human. He’s human. And we both really stink at playing God. After 17 years of marriage, we started attending an ongoing Bible study group to guard our hearts because we knew how fleshly they can be. We […]

When Bad Things Happen to Good Marriages or Stupid Beth Moore

Since some have asked for images that coincide with the book, I thought I’d share the video my brother-in-law, Shawn, pieced together for my six-year survivor party. (We couldn’t host a five-year since I was in a coma while pregnant with Asher.) If you’ve read the book, you should recognize some of the photos (wedding […]

Video Footage Chronicling the Miracles

God embedded gifts within each of us before the beginning of time to perform specialized tasks here on Earth (Ephesians 2:10). Actually, the calling God places on our hearts can never be withdrawn;, according to Romans 11:29 it’s irrevocable. Kind of like a divine Mission Impossible assignment ordained by the Father. This revelation is freeing. […]

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