The wilderness seems like a place of want, but it’s actually a place of plenty-- if you know where to look. I learned this the hard way--with hunger and raving thirst clawing, dropping me to my knees in surrender. Just like the Israelites learned to know God in the wilderness, I also met Him there in a new way. The wilderness-loss that I carried was named infertility and, like all types of … [Read more...] about You can Survive the Wilderness of Infertility
It’s been over a decade now that infertility has marked my life. Long before we brought our adopted children home, I faced off with infertility. I crawled to the feet of Jesus, begging Him to break the hold this agony had on me. I wrote Pain Redeemed from the middle of that place and I chose to declare Jesus the winner. Today and for good. Yet, there is a paradox in the Christian faith. It’s … [Read more...] about How to Wage War on the Lies of Infertility
Have you ever read a book and thought, “I’m pretty sure if I knew this writer in person we’d be close friends?” Yeah, that’s how I felt when I first picked up the book, Upside Down by Shannon Guerra. Her writing was so real, so honest, so hilariously funny…I knew if we ever met the only thing that could stand between us being the best of friends might be her obsession with cats vs. my … [Read more...] about Oh My Soul
I’ve been thinking lately about names. If you’ve read my book, Counting Grains of Sand, you know my husband and I had a girl’s name picked out almost from the day we married. Lizzie. But then we couldn’t have children. When we received the phone call about our daughter, when they told us her name was Elizabeth, it was this whisper from God: You thought loving the name … [Read more...] about The Most Important Thing to Remember About Your Name
I was sixteen years old the first time I penned a fairy tale. My best friend and I were talking about the basic fairy tales and how they’d all been around for so many years—why wasn’t anyone writing anything new? This was, of course, before Enchanted and Frozen. So we sat down and started writing stories. Her story was delightful and included dresses made of sunsets. Mine included a girl … [Read more...] about Life is Better with Fairy Tales and Parables
I still remember the wild fear that rushed through me. The way everything slowed and my heart raced and instinct took over. There is no way I would have had the gumption to take on a two thousand pound mama cow who was charging—except for one small detail: my daughter was on the wrong side of the gate. I doubt I have ever moved that fast in my life, but the straw bale I had been carrying … [Read more...] about She was good, so God gave her babies.