Why I’m a Fan of The Shack

I think you should be too.

Have you read The Shack? Have you had a chance to see the recently released movie? I’ve been able to do both. I’m not a fan of controversy and I realize that today’s subject could very well be a bit controversial for some, but that’s not my goal. I’m not looking for a theological debate. In fact, I don’t think most of us could do well in one anyway.

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The Truth About Blended Families

What you should know before asking questions.

What is a blended family anyway? It’s a family made up of a husband and wife that came into the marriage with children from a previous marriage or relationship.

Are you in a blended family? Do you know a blended family? I’m guessing all of us can answer yes to at least one of these questions. There was a time in my life that I couldn’t get my mind around the blended family. Let alone the issues the blended family faces. Let me just say at this point, I get it that all families have issues, that it’s not just a blended family who struggles. Your family does too. I’m not here to make yours any smaller or to make anyone feel like the blended family should be felt sorry for or receive special graces. I’m just here to reach out to that family that is feeling like they’re alone. Feeling like they can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. Whose hope is fading. Who feels like no one understands. I want to encourage you. Maybe to shed a little light on families through the eyes of the mom in a blended family. And the truth about her family.

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Surviving the Prodigal Child

Lay the gavel down.

Do you judge yourself harshly as a parent? Do you judge others harshly in their parenting? I’ve been guilty of both. It makes me sad to look back at times when I’ve judged others so harshly. I still struggle with judging myself too harshly in the parenting area, but baby steps, right? I’ve always held a measuring stick up to myself that is absolutely impossible to measure up to as a parent. It would be impossible for any parent to measure up to this stick I hold up in my mind. Yet, it’s constantly there nagging at me, taunting me.

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How to Keep Friendships Fresh

The risk is worth the reward.

Do you struggle with keeping your friendships fresh? I’m probably not one to be talking about friendship. My experience with friends doesn’t rate up there the same as people who are surrounded by friends all their lives. Not to mention the mistakes and regrets I carry. No, I can count on one hand how many very close friends I’ve been blessed with in my life. Excluding family, I can say I’ve had one  friend in my life that I can call best friend. And I consider myself very blessed to be able to say this. Continue reading “How to Keep Friendships Fresh”

Parenting – the Most Important First Step

Without it, you will fail.

Are you currently in the depths of parenthood? Have your children all grown up? Maybe you haven’t embarked on the wonderful world of parenthood just yet. Once we’re born into parenthood our lives will never be the same and we never stop being a parent. Parenting is a thing of many stages. Wherever it is you find yourself in the stages of parenthood, you can know one thing is for certain; our Heavenly Father is the perfect parent. I think the first step to good parenting is being able to admit that we aren’t perfect and that we can’t do it without Him.

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