My Messy Life! Can You Relate?

I’m struggling and I don’t know where to begin to tell you exactly how or what variety of issues I’m facing. Thankfully, my marriage is not one of those issues at the moment. That said, please realize that we still have WAY far to go and have many messy moments that keep us humble and […]

I Feel Like a Broken Record!

… And sadly, I’m old enough to remember what that looked like! Ha! I feel like I am just falling farther and farther behind in life lately. Most recently, I’m having to add 7 hours of travel and treatment time for chronic pain/numbness {that I’ve struggled with for the past year or more} to my […]

Enter to win – That Works for Me

My life, as many of you know, has been side-swiped by cancer and all the baggage that comes along with that {diagnosed last October and doing well today, thank you!}. It’s not that cancer or cancer treatment is still consuming that much of my time {although it is on a much smaller scale}. It’s just […]

Letters that Need to be Written

For eleven years, since 2003, I’ve written individual letters to my sons and husband. Often the letters chronicled what happened throughout the past year along with some words of encouragement and love from me to each of them. I don’t really know how much these letters mean to my family, especially my sons. I think […]

How Comparing Can be Good

Many are choosing “one word” to focus on in the new year and I’ve been prayerfully searching for what God might want mine to be. Oddly enough, I feel Him drawing my focus over and over to the word “compare.” At first glance, compare didn’t seem like a very inspiring choice to me. After all, […]

A Pause to Rest and Remember

Ever since we visited that little town in Wales (Tenby), I’ve fallen in love with the sounds of the ocean. The rhythmic waves coming forward and pulling back. It reminds me of how the Holy Spirit constantly pursues me {us} and draws me {us} to Himself. It reminds me of how–if I’ll just let go […]

The Impact of Illness on Marriage

Some of you may know that I’ve lived with a chronic illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis, for many years. I was diagnosed soon after the birth of my middle son, who’s 20 now! Yikes! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long! Thankfully, my RA is well-managed, even though it often limits me in some aspects of […]

A Door I’d Rather Not Walk Through . . .

Has God ever taken you through a door that, if you were writing the story, would not be part of your preferred plotline? I trust God knows what He’s doing in my life. In fact, I think God has a plan for this “door” that I’m now being asked to walk through. I’m not saying […]

Of Apologies, Anniversaries and Giveaways!

I’m so excited to be back with all of you from my 25 anniversary trip to England and Wales. But what’s even more exciting is that it’s Messy Marriage’s 3 year anniversary too! So today I’m going to share lots of pictures from our trip (forgive me if I go overboard–it was just so hard […]

Traveling and Conference Highlights

Recently I attended the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors) World Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s always an amazing time with many well-known Christian authors, counselors, experts and/or pastors leading us. I attended several break-outs that featured such notable experts as; Henry Cloud, John Townsend, and Shaunti Feldhahn to name a few. In the large […]