“I’m almost 100% sure it’s cancer.” My mom and I listened to the doctor who had just performed a colonoscopy on my dad give us the life-changing news over the phone. Thanks to COVID, my mom couldn’t even hear it in person. A procedure to rule out cancer showed the very thing no one ever expected. And just like that life would never be the same. The same weekend my dad had his first chemo treatment, a friend of mine was laid to rest after a 3 year battle with cancer. She was 36. Both ate well, utilized herbal and
I checked the clock on the stove. It had only been an hour and a half. Again. I had been changing my super plus tampon this frequently for the past 10 hours. Was I going to have to head to the ER? Then, just like that, those tingles of anxiety began snaking their way through my body. Hormone imbalance, specifically estrogen dominance, can wreak a lot of havoc in our bodies. The more I talk to other women, I realize many of us are suffering silently in the night behind closed doors so to speak. I have written my anxiety
Are you feeling far away from God? Has life brought you to a dark valley? Trials and hard times in our lives can tempt us to question God’s goodness and even distance ourselves from Him. With so much emphasis on God’s love and prosperity in mainstream Christianity, it’s easy to become discouraged by the trials that come our way. When God first prompted me to study His goodness, I fully understood the attributes of God that are big and impersonal- His sovereignty, majesty, omniscience, and omnipotence- the ones where He rules over all and sits on His throne overseeing the
This week we look towards a new horizon in our world. An unknown horizon. Like so many people who have gone on before us, we scan the horizon with hope for the new day it brings. We bring our past experiences as we look forward. For centuries, people have looked to the
It was said that 2020 leveled the playing field and in a lot of ways, it did. We all were brought back to family as we figured out how to provide for, get along with, and protect those in our care. For moms, it got real. All of our lives collided into one and we had to juggle it all simultaneously. Many of us were forced to reevaluate priorities and maybe restructure. We longed to escape the cycles of defeat we found ourselves facing as we adjusted to our new normal.
The couch cushions gave way as I sunk into them. It was 5:45 AM and I was trying to wake up. The memory of the day before was still heavy on my mind. Teenage angst had blown up with rage and defiance and that sure destroys a mama’s heart. I used to sing “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength” under my breath 2 hours into bedtime with this same child when he was younger. After my patience had been exhausted, it was the only thing keeping me sane for those last few minutes.
Yes, the joy of the Lord is my strength. To make matters worse, this is the season of Joy. How on earth am I supposed to be joyful…
The season of Advent is here bringing with it the hope of Christmas. The familiar wreath with purple and pink candles has appeared in our churches calling us to a meaningful season with the flickering light of the flame. The first week’s advent theme appropriately puts the focus on hope. Hope in the biblical sense means looking ahead and forward to something God is doing. In the Old Testament the Jewish people looked forward to the birth of Christ, His first coming, and for us New Testament believers it means looking forward to Christ’s returning, His second coming. John Wiley put it so eloquently:
Are you struggling with not feeling grateful this Thanksgiving? You’re not alone. This year has been absolutely miserable for so many people. Lost jobs, virtual schooling kids while working your 9-5, and still the struggle to get dinner on the table. But worse because store shelves were empty and we were scared to go shopping!
As Thanksgiving approaches, my Facebook feed is filling up with grateful posts. You’ve seen them- every day for the month of November people post something they are thankful for. It’s a great idea but sometimes it’s hard. Seeing what other people are thankful for can
Do you get caught up in fear, doubt, and insecurity in this me-focused world we live in? Our Facebook feeds are filled with hate. They remind us of all the things we don’t have and make us think about what could go wrong. It can be hard to stay positive and keep our focus on the Lord sometimes. When Life Well Inspired was in the beginning stages, God gave me a verse on encouraging others. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 That verse became the purpose for the blog.
Two concepts and topics recently collided for me. God blessed me by connecting the dots between consecration and His goodness. As I usually say: perspective changes everything. One song that we sang in worship time on Sunday morning at church was unfamiliar. It was I Shall Not Want by Audrey Assad. In it she sings “When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want” and it was one of those moments when a fresh perspective is downloaded into your heart. Have you ever read Psalm 23 and wondered what David meant when he said “the Lord is my shepherd I