Inner Strength

Take Up a Tambourine and Lead the Dance of Victory

Today, I was reading in Exodus 15. To provide some context, let’s look back at what the Israelites had experienced. They had been slaves in Egypt for a long time, and the Egyptians dealt harshly with them. The Israelites kept multiplying, and the Egyptian leader was afraid of how numerous they’d become. He was concerned… Continue reading Take Up a Tambourine and Lead the Dance of Victory

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Are You Firmly Planted?

The other day, my husband and I were outside tackling a mulch project. Before spreading the beautiful dark substance, my husband did some digging. Using a shovel, he dug out the edges of the area needing mulch. Many of these areas were circular and carefully surrounded individual trees. When we got to the final tree,… Continue reading Are You Firmly Planted?

Inner Strength

As Beloved Children

Yesterday, I saw an endearing video. A woman was exercising, and her young daughter was following along. The child, let’s call her Lucy, appeared to be around three years old. As Mom finished a movement and prepared for the next exercise, so did Lucy. Mom positioned a large dumbbell on its side and, watching closely,… Continue reading As Beloved Children

Inner Strength

After Rain Falls, Flowers Bloom

This is a difficult, confusing time for many people. If you're struggling to find peace, remember that flowers need both rain and sun to grow. Rain doesn't have to be bad. It waters, nurtures, and refreshes. Take this time to refresh, reset, and re-evaluate what's important in your life. Recalibrate. If you’re looking for answers:… Continue reading After Rain Falls, Flowers Bloom

Inner Strength

Recalculating

Imagine you’re about to embark on a journey. In the past, a task like this would have proven difficult: navigating winding roads through woods and mountains with nothing but a paper map by your side. Today, however, things are different. Equipped with your luggage, satellite radio, and a bag of snacks, you pack the car.… Continue reading Recalculating

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Facing Sorrow

Sorrow. It’s more than being sad. It’s deeper than disappointment over the fact that someone ate the last cookie or didn’t leave enough milk for cereal. Sorrow is a distress that seeks to penetrate our hearts. It’s grief, anguish, and often indescribable emotional pain. Perhaps you know precisely what I’m talking about, and when you… Continue reading Facing Sorrow

Book Reviews

Hope in the Abyss: A Book Review of LIFE REMODELED

Perhaps you’ve heard it said, “You’re never too far gone.” You smiled at the hope-filled words, but then reality struck. Could this really be true? Maybe the people who go about declaring such optimistic things haven’t hit rock bottom. Perhaps they haven’t made the mistakes you've made; they’ve never been on the edge, looking down… Continue reading Hope in the Abyss: A Book Review of LIFE REMODELED

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Movie Edits & Pruning Shears

“Deleted Scenes” Have you ever felt a surge of excitement when reading those words? Perhaps your mind races, imagining what wonderful things are in store! Last night, my husband and I decided to watch a movie—one of those popular, practically-everyone-has-heard-of-it kind of films. With access to the movie came the opportunity to watch several deleted… Continue reading Movie Edits & Pruning Shears