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What I Learned About God When I Stopped Trying to Control My Life

I have been lying in bed, unable to sleep, for the past ninety minutes. I’m too excited to sleep. A few days ago, I was offered a job working from home full-time. I have been waiting and praying for this opportunity for over six months, and I had lost hope that it would come. For six months, I prayed daily, fervently, desperately, for a work from home job to present itself to me. Three times, a job did present itself, and three times, the job fell through after several interviews. Once, I even submitted a sample project with great feedback … Read more

Why “God won’t give you more than you can handle” is a LIE!

The title just kind of puts it out there, right? The old saying that “God won’t give you more than you can handle” is a big fat lie. He will give you more than you can handle. If you’re a slow learner like me, He will give you more than you can handle a lot. Why would He do that? After all, isn’t His love for you endless, beyond comprehension? Doesn’t He want only the best for His children? Yes, it is and He does. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding … Read more

Loving and Losing and Gaining Even More

Last Wednesday, we had to put our beloved Zeus to sleep. He was almost 15. He predated my kids, my husband, and even my house. We had been together longer than anyone in my adult life. What’s more is that he died on December 30, two years to the day after I had to put his sister to sleep. To say I was sad that day is an understatement. I was devastated. I’d had a feeling he was sick, but had been living in denial for a few weeks. In the end, it turns out that he really was sick, … Read more

God’s Plans and My New Job

Hello my dear readers! It has been a very long time since I wrote a post from my heart to yours (without a numbered list, ha!), but I thought it was time for that, for an update on my life like I used to post back in the days when this was a personal blog. In February of this year, I lost my job at AboutOne. The company downsized, and everyone who was part-time was laid off. I was devastated, and I prayed harder than I’ve ever prayed. Thanks to the goodness of God, I had a new job in less than … Read more

10 Life Lessons I Learned at the Titus 2:1 Conference

I attend 3-4 blog conferences a year. Usually I lead a session, helping other bloggers to improve their SEO and make more money from their sites. Except, sometimes I forget to submit a speaker proposal, and then I just attend as a participant. It happens more often than I’d like to admit. A couple of weeks ago, I accidentally published a blog post about being alone and friendless. My stomach dropped when I realized the post had published, but it was too late. (I meant to save it in draft, not to publish it.) In the days that followed, though, … Read more

Blog Friends

Blogging leaves my heart open. It leaves my soft belly exposed, my wounds on display. I have developed relationships, close loving friendships, with the women in my blogging circles. It is not an exaggeration to say that we love one another. My blog friends are comfortable and familiar and beautiful and thoughtful and dear. Though we meet in person infrequently, they are no less my friends than the people in my town. For me, relationships are what blogging conferences are all about, old friends and new friends and friends I haven’t yet met. Sure there is learning, and there are … Read more