• Book Title Reveal

    I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day as we paused to ponder the gifts of life and service from our military service men and women.  It’s hard to imagine our thanks being enough for the sacrifice of so many. Thank you all who added to my list of hard seasons we face in life (in this post).  After adding your suggestions to my list, it grew from fourteen to twenty one!  You’ll see the finalized list in the book when it’s finished (hopefully later this year). God first gave me this book title in January of 2015, only it was to say “Scared to Sacred (with the stroke of…

  • Looking Back on Life's Road

    What’s Your Tough Season Score?

    I’ve missed you!  I apologize for being quiet for longer than usual.  Yes, we got our daughter “graduated” and moved to another state for her internship.  We had fun celebrations with her!  Soon after, I had a ten-day jaunt to see family and friends.  So, you can see that my absence was for good reasons.  But, I did miss you and I’m happy to be back – hopefully with a more evenly-spaced blog posting schedule.  😉 Part of my time away was for our high-school girl’s trip we take each year – a group of seven women of which I’m blessed to be included.  I tasted new recipes from some…

  • Embracing Spring . . .

    Embracing Joy in the Hard Seasons

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! When it comes to embracing seasons, we don’t want to miss out on the beauty of our calendar seasons when we are in the midst of a hard season of life.  We can get so bogged down with the tough seasons that the beauty in our surroundings can escape us if we’re not intentional with our focus. After missing the joy of spring last year, I was somehow surprised at the blessing of our daughter visiting two weeks ago and planting my porch pots with beautiful flowers.  I wasn’t able to do that last year, and I’d nearly forgotten how much I…

  • The Sky Isn't Falling

    How To Know the Sky Isn’t Falling

    Remember Chicken Little, repeating over and over, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling”?  Do you ever feel that way inside – like it’s really happening in your life . . . our country . . . our society . . . our world today?  Isn’t that the goal of most of today’s media – to make us feel a sense of doom and despair? Do you fear for your future here in the good ole’ US of A?  If you are signed up to receive emails with gloom or conspiracy content, I suggest that you unscubscribe.  Rather than listen to the news media hype, do something far better…

  • Your Cup of Trembling

    What Is Your Cup Of Trembling?

    Sometimes we feel we deserve the trouble in which we find ourselves.  That’s the case when we’re fully aware of our wrongful acts and intentions.  When my children disobeyed, they had consequences.  I made sure of it.  What better way to teach them?  Does that mean God does the same? God cares for us, His people . . . His children.  Just like all children, we regularly mess up.   The Old Testament shows how the Israelites, over and over again, followed the circular pattern of blessing — turning from God — eventual full rebellion — consequences — repentance — and back around to blessing.  Full circle. I was drawn to…

  • Your Reminder

    Let Scars Be Your Reminder

    Are you experiencing warm weather yet?  I laughed at hubs last week because he appeared from the bedroom, dressed for the day . . . in shorts!  Me?  I still wear winter clothes, jackets, and even gloves.  (I’ve always been cold natured, but this is getting ridiculous!)  It’s a little warmer here, so hubs is anticipating hot temperatures ahead. When thinking of hot weather, I’m reminded that we’ll be wearing cooler clothing that allows more skin to show.  That means, scars and other skin imperfections will be exposed.  I have a long scar on my face, of all places, where it is always exposed.  (Thanks to our dear Tennessee Walker,…

  • Sayings That Aren't Biblical

    What We Say To The Hurting That Isn’t Actually Biblical

    When you’re in a tough season, people struggle to know what to say.  They want to comfort you, and they search for words that will bless you.  Bless their hearts!  They truly mean to help you . . . but sometimes miss the mark.  Some have the gift of speaking loving truths into your life at just the right moment.  But not all. What’s wrong with being honest?  Why not say “I don’t have a clue what you are going through, but I am praying God will fix it.”  Or, “I’m praying for you in your pain and grief.”  (Or, we could do like my friend in this post.) Personally,…

  • 5 Points to Ponder When Faced With A Good HIDER

    5 Points To Ponder When Faced With A Good HIDER

    In last week’s post, I mentioned that I added my new California flight friend to my prayers.  Although I prejudged her for her reaction to my story about Emmie (as explained in that post), we never know what others are going through.  What hard things in her life was she possibly struggling to get through?  How could I tell? While tough seasons give us a tender heart for others, before that eventually kicks in, our own pain can dull our senses.  A pain bucket that’s filled to the rim can cause us to block any pain from outside sources above what we’re already dealing with on our own. Your subconscious…

  • Lamentations 3.22 by EmbraceThisSeason.com

    How A Cheapened “I Love You” Negates True Compassion

    Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. (Psalms 51:1) Flippant I love you’s seem to have taken over.  Rather than saving them for meaningful encounters, we spread I love you’s all over the place, nearly thoughtlessly – especially during Valentine season.  Do you “heart” Facebook posts often?  I do (even when Like is sufficient). When something rings true spiritually or if the post involves people for whom I feel affection, I’m super-quick to click the heart.  How about you? There is absolutely nothing wrong with spreading the love.  But, I just wonder if we’ve cheapened the…

  • How To Reach Your Prodigal On THEIR Turf

    “Many in the church today are being held captive spiritually, not because of the enemy’s power, but because we do not clearly understand our authority and calling in Christ…  As we begin to understand the hope of His calling, we will begin to walk in an abundant life of freedom and power.” Angie Weaver That quote is so true!  We have more power than many of us realize. When crying out to God for answers to your prayers for your prodigal, why not go directly to the source of the trouble?  I don’t mean physically going to the places where they hang out.  Nor to stand face to face with…

  • Time for Jesus

    Making Time for Time With Jesus

    What sort of season are you in right now?  I know winter and possibly snow season, but in your life.  Is it snowy in your life . . . cold . . . lonely . . . a hard time right now?  If so, I picture you staying inside, huddling by the fire, drinking warm cups of tea.  Are you taking time to be with the Lord?  Our tendency is to turn to God when we are in a season of suffering. If you happen to be in a good season right now, I picture you in a season of joyful sledding . . . laughter . . . friends…

  • How to Know God Will Do It

    But, WILL He? How to Know God WILL Do It

    Will He?  That was my question.  For months. Soon after our prodigal season began, a very close friend (and 2 AM sister) sent me the book, He is Able by Priscilla Shirer.  It’s a great book for recounting all the ways that anything is possible with God!  All the while . . . I had another question. I Know God is Able. But, WILL He? You might ask, “Will He what?”  And my answer would have been. “WILL God answer my plea?  WILL He bring our daughter back?” If you read last week’s (shameless) post  He First Loved Us In The Hard Seasons and my continual tears for months, today’s…

  • three little BAFFLING words @EmbraceThisSeason.com

    He First Loved Us In The Hard Seasons

    It was a Sunday morning.  Just like all the other Sundays during that hard season, I stood during our morning worship welcome time with my eyes cast downward, trying to hide my tear-streaked face. Poor choir!  Our third-row-pew afforded the choir members an up-front-and-personal view of raw emotion so visible that I know it grew somewhat irritating and tiresome for them to endure every Sunday.  Week after week turned into month upon month.  When would it end? That’s the way it is with a prodigal season of shame, sadness, and indescribable grief.  Well, that’s the way it was for me, at least.  If you’ve experienced a season of brutal betrayal,…

  • HOW DID THEY KNOW?

    How Did They Know?

    Did you have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend?  Oh, I hope so! Both of our kids were home for a full four days of blessings…so refreshing after last year’s Thanksgiving day alone.  At that time, I was walking like a drunk person and was too embarrassed to go anywhere much besides church.  I sent my family to enjoy turkey and the trimmings at a tailgate we were invited to attend before their Mississippi State University football game. While alone, I went on-line and researched all about Multiple Sclerosis.  I’d had the thought years earlier that my symptoms could be MS related but didn’t think they were bad enough to mean anything…

  • 2 Cor. 1.4

    Lysa Terkeurst – More Than My Virtual Friend

    Does it grieve you to see others in pain?  I am filled with love, compassion, and thankfulness all at the same time today.  Let me explain.  Lysa Terkeurst (whose name I always struggled to spell) is someone many of you know from her best-selling books, speaking engagements at Christian women events, and all things Proverbs 31 Ministries. I’ve grown alongside Lysa for the past fifteen years at least, as we are in the same stage with our now-grown children.  While raising her kids, she taught me to give the Best Yes, my fave from her completely inspiring writings.   She came out publicly recently with her personal story of life-shattering…