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The transforming power of a grateful heart

I wasn’t exactly mad, but neither was I thrilled with my friend’s suggestion. It was my first Thanksgiving overseas. I was homesick for my family, missing all the holiday traditions I dearly loved, and horribly sick with all-day sickness. (I refuse to call...

A little accountability goes a long way

Near the end of September, I determined October 1st would be New Year’s Day for me. Depending on how you look at it, I’m either extremely late, or a few months early. Let’s go with early. 🙂 So I set myself some goals. There were a few writing goals,...

Three practical ways to enrich your prayers of praise

I wonder if God ever feels like a fast-food worker at a drive-up window. “Hi there, God. Let’s see, I’ll take a large order of blessings, some good health, a job promotion, and hmmm…I do feel like dessert today. Let’s make it a 2-scoop...

Sharing the gift of authentic hope

I was nervous. So nervous that the butterflies were fluttering, my laugh was a bit forced, and my insides were just short of churning. It was the morning of my first Tough Mudder race. As I stood waiting for the mud run to begin, the thoughts in my brain tumbled...