How to Use Sorrow and Sadness to Cultivate Hope

2018 has been tough so far...I've felt more sorrow over the last month than I have in the last five years. I've started to wonder about the ways that God uses and redeems sorrow by strengthening our faith, and building our resolve to live a life of dependence on the one who knows sorrow. I plan to do a series over the next several weeks to examine sorrow and how to face this tough world with hope and expectancy when things seem impossibly broken... On the eve of the most sorrowful day of my life I read Psalm 90. Insomnia plagued me the night before my divorce and all I could seek was the sustaining bread of God's Word. He had fed me so well over the many months leading up to this unimaginabl

How to Simplify Your Life After An Unwanted Divorce

Linking up with Five Minute Friday today! Five minutes of uninterrupted writing...no editing. No overthinking. Just write! Today's word is: SIMPLIFY The time may come when you find yourself in absolute denial. Something has happened that you never expected. Something that causes you to fall asleep soaked in tears on your closet floor. Something that causes you to overanalyze every moment of your failed marriage. Something that requires you to throw out all the rules you thought you lived your life by. The emotional baggage and clutter and intense grief grip your chest making it imperative that you figure out how to streamline this overfilled life that you were once so proud of. You have to s

When You Find Motivation in the Sustainer

Linking up with Five Minute Friday today! Five minutes of uninterrupted writing...no editing. No overthinking. Just write! Today's word is: MOTIVATE The last time I was motivated to do something that wasn't my idea was probably back in February of 2011. The Packers had just won the Superbowl. The King Aaron Rodgers reigned over Green Bay and my then-husband wanted nothing more than to return to the place where he grew up to celebrate the most glorious of victories. Little did I know that this celebration at Lambeau Field (read about it here) would take place in frigid, sub-zeo temperatures (much like today) and would require the sort of layers worn by the little brother from A Christmas Stor

Two Questions to Start 2018 Off Right

True story: I've never once kept a New Year's Resolution. Maybe I'm just not so good at picking one? I already put lots of pressure on myself to meet impossible standards of perfection so when I attempt to select a reasonable resolution I begin to feel panicky. What if I don't do what I said I would do? Then I'll feel like a failure. Again. What if I make the resolution too narrow or too broad? Then I'll give up right away. Again. What if I just choose a word for the year instead of a resolution? Then I'll feel like I boxed myself into just one thing. What if the unexpected events of 2018 have nothing to do with the word I pick? That feels very narrow for me as well. USA Today reports that t