Giving Your Child the Gift of Safety During the Holidays

Giving Your Child the Gift of Safety During the Holidays

Once or twice a week I take my son to a wonderful early learning program offered by the schools in our county. I particularly admire his teacher, who is clearly gifted with young children. She's caring, patient, experienced and knowledgeable. Her communication with the parents is helpful and clear. In short, I'm grateful for her, and I trust … [Read more...]

God Hears Our Desires

God Hears Our Desires

Today, I'm delighted to host a guest writer in this space for the first time. I had the pleasure of meeting Kristin Taylor through the God-sized Dreams Team. She has been, and continues to be, such an encouragement to me. I am proud to call her friend and share this space as she tells the story of how God built her faith and family. Please join me … [Read more...]

Shine

Shine

Trigger warning: mentions abuse Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. --Matthew 5:16 I keep my cell phone on the nightstand next to me when I sleep so I can use my flashlight app in case I need to get up in the middle of the night. My husband prefers our … [Read more...]

Um, You Want Me to Do What?

The answer to prayer didn't come in the form I expected. Since my high school days, I've continually prayed for health in mind, body and spirit. For me, that meant: Restoring a body worn by childhood respiratory challenges, diminished in capacity from poor endocrine health, and crying out for restorative diet and exercise. Restoring a mind … [Read more...]

Fun Ways to Enjoy the Season

Fun Ways to Enjoy the Season

My home smells so yummy! Fall has long been a favorite time of year for me, and now I have seasonal scents wafting through my home and boosting my health at the same time. Thank you, Young Living Essential Oils. Because of this month's promo, my home smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange. Plus, I have a $20 voucher with which to bless … [Read more...]

To My Allumie Roomies: 10 Things You Should Know about Next Week

To My Allumie Roomies: 10 Things You Should Know about Next Week

  You know that thing...the thing where you mark your calendar for months and months down the road. It feels like your event, get together, etc. is eons away. Until it's not. It's here! It's Allume time again, and by the sheer grace of God that manifested in some amazing friends, I'm going for the third time. WOOT. It's fun … [Read more...]

What Do You Do With All Those Oils?

What Do You Do With All Those Oils?

It wasn't long after receiving my Premium Starter Kit from Young Living that I started making a wish list. I dived into using the oils in the kit and wondered what I should order next. As I researched the different oils, I noticed particular ones popping up repeatedly in the experiences that other YL oil users shared. It helped me gather a list … [Read more...]

When Birthing a Dream Feels Like Childbirth

When Birthing a Dream Feels Like Childbirth

My water breaks at 5:00 on a Friday evening in early April, and my heart thumps wildly in my chest. They quickly admit me upon arrival in triage and strap a clunky external fetal monitor on my belly. “Any contractions?” the labor and delivery nurse inquires. “No. Not yet.” I reply. “Well, get comfortable then. You’ll probably still be here … [Read more...]

Life Is Good

Life Is Good

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in  the wasteland. --Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) The hope these verses raise in me have made it a favorite of mine. The idea of God ushering me past old things and making a way … [Read more...]

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days

It's like slowly letting out the breath you didn't realize you were holding, stress dissipating like fog clearing. Or being wrapped snug in a favorite blanket and drinking a hot cup of tea. The words in Holley Gerth's new devotional are soothing. What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days is signature Holley: encouraging. She ushers in peace and … [Read more...]