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Facing Adversity: 3 ways to cultivate resilience in hard seasons

"Don’t give up.” “The storm will pass.” “Stick with it.” How are we resilient when life seems to give us a swift kick? How do we just shrug off difficulty when our hearts are hurting? How do we hold on, so we don’t get lost in the hard seasons? Because—life happens. Whether it's living beyond the divorce, walking through infertility, enduring ANOTHER deployment, recent illness, or any other personal challenge, how we respond to these hard seasons expose the condition of our hearts. Culti[...]

Regaining Hope: 3 way to hold to hope when life is hard

This is not the way my life was supposed to go. Have you ever said this to yourself? Or maybe just me. We all have hope for our lives. Maybe it’s you—the wife. Sitting on the couch feeling isolated from your husband. Sleeping in the same home together but living two different lives. You don’t even recognize the couple you have become. This was not the way you hoped your marriage would be. Or are you the mom who no longer recognizes your child? You sit looking at baby pictures remembering all your ho[...]

Get connected: 3 reasons why you should join a small group

Being a part of a small group at my local church has radically changed my life. Even though I have been rooted in a local church most of my adult life, being plugged into community was not easy for me to do. I became accustomed to relying solely on the friends I already had in my life and shutting others out. The fear of rejection and judgment often kept me isolated from welcoming new people into my life. It just seemed more comfortable (or so I thought). After another military move to a new city where we[...]

It’s been real 2017

Well, here we are. The last day of 2017. It wasn’t that long ago that I was sitting here, looking at my word for the year-BUILD. At first, building sounded so exciting, but that was until I read the definition. BUILD: to form by ordering and uniting materials through a definite process to create a whole I don’t know about you, but three words stuck out to me from this definition—order, unite, and process. The first step this year was order. God first. Nothing added. Just that one simple concept. Umm[...]

Deployment Strong

Knowing for months my hubby would leave for deployment in January left my heart grappling to accept this reality. I didn’t want to be deployment strong. I wanted him home-everyday and always. But that was not the life I knew we would have when I became his wife 13 years ago. Instead, our lives would temporarily become months of waiting for emails and care packages, anticipating the next phone call, hoping for a video chat, and praying for a safe return. Those months knowing that the deployment was on the[...]