• Family,  Life

    A True Partner: Using My Strengths Even When It’s Not Glamorous

    I recently had the opportunity to go to a Chris Stapleton concert with a friend.  It was super last minute thing, but we had a blast.  The music was great and the time to catch up with a sweet friend was invaluable. I’m not sure if you know this about Chris Stapleton, but his one and only back up singer is his wife.  That’s not something you see very often in the entertainment world, so it’s always intrigued me.  And not just me.  The next week at work, I told someone that I had been to the concert, and her response was “Cool….was his wife singing with him?”.  To see…

  • Holiday,  Life

    Thanksgiving: A Pause to Refocus

    Social Media is full of articles and debates about how early is too early to put up Christmas decorations. I tend to fall on the Scrooge side of that debate and say that the ABSOLUTE earliest should be the day after Thanksgiving. Though, my preference would be to wait another week or so. Believe me, I’ve been given so much grief for this stance. Apparently limiting Christmas festivities means that I hate holiday cheer, family, and tradition. That’s not necessarily the case…. I have several reasons for wanting to delay the onslaught of red and green. The biggest reason is an overlooked holiday. We get so excited about the holidays,…

  • Devotional

    Prayer of Surrender

    Heavenly Father, It appears as if I’ve been doing this whole following You thing wrong for a while now. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you saved my soul more than twenty years ago, and I am eternally grateful. At the age of six, you didn’t save me from a life of blatant sin…apart from talking back to my mom. But I know you saved me. But what amazes me even more is what you have done in my life since, and that You still want to do more. And I stand before you now, to apologize for all the times I’ve shut down and delayed the…

  • Devotional

    Cloudy: When My Self-Worth Is Hard To Find

    This past week was rough for some reason. I found myself reacting to things purely out of emotion, being overly critical, and worrying way too much. I’m pretty sure that when my sweet husband mentioned he was missing a vitamin from his nightly routine, I took it personally, threw the TV remotes in frustration, went and got the pill, and then started to cry. His follow up question was definitely warranted. “Are we really crying over vitamins?” Even though I realized the ridiculousness of the whole situation, I had to answer yes, but admit I had no idea why. Part of what I’ve learned through working with Celebrate Recovery is…