Author: Janine (page 1 of 2)

Rest for the Weary Heart

Rest.  It’s something that I long for.  In the midst of paying bills, worrying about the future, attempting to be the perfect wife and mom, and trying to figure out what to make for dinner, I get weary.  Pictures of quiet mountain streams or a beautiful beach look inviting. As wonderful as just getting away […]

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign

I love words.  I have for most of my life.  Once I had decorating rights to my own room, you could see it on my walls.  The words that were meaningful for the season I was walking through were framed in card stock and hung where I could see them.  Not much has changed.  Except […]

When My Heart Is Overwhelmed

Ever had one of those odd moments when you realize that your current circumstances reflect what has been happening in your heart?  I have.  This week in fact. Earlier in the week, we had a torrential rain.  All seemed fine and dandy until nasty brown water started coming out of our faucets instead of the […]

Sing a Love Song

Today was one of those days where I was doing life with my kids and saw a glimpse of myself.  I was in the process of putting some just washed clothes into the dryer when my daughter spotted it.  And she let me know.  The screams, stomping, and wailing would have led you to think […]

Longing: When God Doesn’t Seem to Be Answering the Cries of Your Heart

“O my people, trust in him at all times.  Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” Ps 62:8 NLT I sat in my car in the parking lot of our apartment as tears streamed down my face.  It was one of those moments where I hoped no one would notice I […]

Part 2: Am I Beautiful?

I remember it like it was yesterday.  The lights were dim, the decor was perfect, and everything was ready.  It was time.  I walked in slowly and then said his name. “Caleb!” He turned around. “You look amazing!!” The sparkle in his eyes (with maybe a slight glistening of tears) showed the genuineness of his […]

Part 1: Am I Beautiful?

Am I beautiful?  I think that question rings in the heart of every woman from the time they’re a small girl.  Am I enough?  I see it in my little girls as they dress up, spin around, and look to see if I’ve noticed.  I’ve seen it in myself too. Over the last year or […]

Following His Gentle Leading

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the pile of things I need to get done.  Okay – truth be told – it’s a bit more often than sometimes.  More often than not, I feel guilty.  Guilty because I can’t do the extra 100 things it takes to be the “perfect” mom.  Guilty because by the time […]

Consider It Pure Joy

There are certain scriptures that I have a tendency to cringe when reading.  It’s the ones I pray a friend doesn’t text me and tell me came to mind when they were praying for me.  It’s the ones I like to speed read through when they come up during my time with God.  For me, […]

What About Them???

Anyone who has been around a group of kids for very long knows it starts young. “But Mom….how come my friend can do that and I can’t!?” “She got one – why can’t I?” “She doesn’t have to do chores at her house.  Why do I?” “How come she got the pink one and I […]

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