encouragement

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way

So many times when we encounter unmet expectations in life, someone we know will offer up a Bible verse or well-known saying to encourage us. However good their intentions are, often times their words of encouragement seem shallow compared to the hurt and pain we are experiencing. Author Lysa TerKeurst understands that all too well.

Letter to 18 Year Old Me

Letter to 18 Year Old Me

Sometimes being 18 years old seems like so long ago...because for me it was! But today, it feels like I am only moments older. It’s brilliant how our thoughts can move through scenes of the past and bring memories back to the forefront of our minds. It’s as if we are right back in that time…

6 Ways Investing in Younger Women Wildly Inspires My Faith

6 Ways Investing in Younger Women Wildly Inspires My Faith

The first time I was ever referred to as an older woman, I was only 27 years old. I had just asked a young woman if she’d be interested in joining a small group for some weekly discipleship training at my home. With uncontainable excitement she blurted out, “I was just praying that God would send an older woman to disciple me!”  Older woman? Me?

A Mother’s Day Gift: Hope for Moms with Children who have Lost their Way

A Mother’s Day Gift:  Hope for Moms with Children who have Lost their Way

I have served on the Council Road staff the past six months, and every Monday I sort through the prayer requests from Sunday services to bring to staff meeting where the staff prays. It is a rare week that we don’t get a request from a concerned mother asking for prayer for her struggling child. Some sign their names, others are anonymous…

Mommas, Put Your Oxygen Masks On First

Mommas, Put Your Oxygen Masks On First

“Please secure your own oxygen mask first.” Virtually every time I hear a flight attendant voice those words, I have one thought: Could any piece of advice be harder for a Mom to follow? As intentional Moms, our first inclination is to care for others. So what happens when Mommas care and care and care for everyone else, without first breathing in the help they need?