The Bible describes faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1).
I love how this reads in the Message. “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”
It’s so true, too. A life without faith, without hope, is hardly worth living.
My faith is in Jesus Christ, Son of the living God. No matter what else comes my way, He alone makes my life worth living.
What makes your life worth living?
Oh, how I love the wacky, magnificent group of people God gave me to do life with!
We are loud. We love to laugh. We can be a little rowdy at times. We might even get on each other’s nerves on occasion. But no matter what, through thick and thin, in good times and bad…We are family. (The 70’s child in me really wants to bust out in song with Sister Sledge here. Don’t judge me, girl. You know you want to, too!)
A really cool quote I found on the Google machine says, “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who always love you…no matter what.”
This space is for sharing stories about those people. The ones who have impacted my life and love me for the red, hot mess I am.
Minnie’s my name! Loving grandlittles is my game!
I’ve been living on this planet for more than 50 years, but I came alive in a way I never thought possible in October of 2016 when I laid eyes on my first grandchild. Being a momma was amazing, but this Minnie gig…oh, my!
The Bible calls grandchildren our “crowning glory” in Proverbs 17:6. I’ve also heard them called our “reward for not killing our kids.” (That didn’t come from the Bible, though.)
Our grandlittles give us a reason to be silly again. They teach us to slow down and pay attention to tiny details. Grandchildren remind us that life is short so we should eat some ice cream.
This space is a fun one filled with tales of mermaids and dinosaurs, astronauts and ballerinas, tea parties and dragon slaying. This space is for anyone who desires to speak truth and blessings into the heart of special little people in their life.
Do you ever feel like you are constantly being measured against a set of crazy, unattainable standards? Well, princess, it’s time to toss aside your measuring stick and declare I AM ENOUGH ALREADY!
You were created precisely as you are by a God who does not measure you against the world’s standards. He made your heart, your spirit. You are fearfully and wonderfully made!
In this space, you will be empowered and encouraged to embrace the uniquely beautiful creature you are and learn to delight in knowing you are enough already!
Aging With Grace
My grandma always said, “Getting old is for the birds,” but I believe it can be fantastic! And fun! And hilarious!
Growing older offers us so many beautiful gifts – wisdom, grandchildren, AARP discounts. Of course, there are some not-so-beautiful things as well – chin whiskers, pesky gray hairs, and achy joints, but let’s not focus on those!
This space is where we learn to laugh at the days to come and rejoice in the beauty of time as we discover how to age with grace!
“A day will come when the story inside you will want to breathe on its own. That’s when you’ll start writing.” --Sarah Noffke
My story is demanding to breathe on its own, y’all, and I am writing!
My heart is alive with a dream of writing the story of a good, good Father. A Father who not only plants a dream in a young girl’s heart, but waters it and cultivates it and prunes it into a deeply-rooted, magnificent tree with branches filled with delicious fruit which nourishes the soul.
A tree which provides shade and a place to rest for a weary soul. From which playful hearts can swing and adventurous souls explore.
William Wordsworth said it beautifully, “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
This space is for the breathings of my mended heart.
I love to talk. In fact, since I learned to speak as a young ‘un, many have asked the question, “Does she ever hush?” My answer is, as long as I have something important to say, I won’t be quiet!
I have discovered I am quite comfortable speaking, especially when given an opportunity to speak life and Truth into the hearts of others, and I believe God has gifted me with the gift of gab to use for His glory.
I’m reserving this space to share information about how to invite me to speak at your next event. Check back from time to time, and if you would like to learn more, “Let’s Connect!”
If we tried to create a category for all the eclectic thoughts that go through my busy mind, it would break the internet! So this space is where every thought that doesn’t fit into the other categories will live.
Here you will learn about everything from the confessions of a rainbow unicorn to raising chickens to pickling okra. This space is for random, quirky, and sometimes profound musings can be found. Buckle up, kids! This could be a wild ride!
Recent Blog Posts
She Speaks 2018 brought more than 800 women together. So many words were spoken! The Proverbs 31 team presented a beautiful illustration of how the enemy’s words against us were overcome on Calvary. Do you know who God says you are? Read about it here.
Fear has the power to keep even the most dedicated believer from stepping out in faith toward what God is calling her. But God has not given us a spirit of fear, Warrior Princess! Proclaim the power with which God has equipped you and march against the enemy’s lies! Fear is a LIAR!
Jesus loved to tell a good parable to his followers for many reasons. This little parable tells the story of a Father’s unrelenting love for a little ragamuffin girl and her redemption through that love. Do you see yourself in this story?
Trust Issues I guess I have some trust issues. This became evident last Sunday in the simple planting of our vegetable garden. There are only a few veggies that we plant because we (I) either don’t like the others or have failed miserably at growing them in the past. Okra is one we always plant!…
Have you ever lost something so dear to you it could never be replaced? A red sweater that belonged to my grandma was lost years ago, and I have not given up looking for it, even after all that time. Beloved, that’s exactly how Jesus is in his relentless pursuit of you!
Is it possible to find any reason to rejoice even in our grief? When Jesus was crucified and laid in that borrowed tomb, the disciples certainly didn’t think so. But three days later, there was certainly rejoicing! Learn to lean into the arms of Love in your grief.
Watching littles grow into the people they were designed to be is so much fun! We are a lot like a child when we first accept Christ but, just like those little children, we are supposed to grow spiritually and emotionally! Don’t get stuck in a rut! You GROW, girl!
God has wooed me and woos every one of us, but will not force himself upon us. God is a good, good Father! It is often difficult for us to understand what that looks like based upon our experiences with earthly fathers. If you have been hurt, abandoned, neglected, abused by a father figure in your life, you may not feel you can trust God with your heart. I’m here to tell you, beloved, how you can trust him.
“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.” (Exodus 13:21)
God may not be presenting himself as a pillar of cloud in your life, but rest assured, he desires that you should follow him! Let’s chase recklessly after him, beloved!
As the often quoted line from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” says, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Basically what the heroin was trying to say is that our names don’t really make us who we are. But don’t they?
We are identified by our names, but the only name that really matters is the one we are given by our Father. Read about the journey from “Missylaneous Me” to “THE Missy Lewis.”