“I was lost but now I found that happiness ain’t joy, just ask around…Then suddenly I knew ya. I felt like hallelujah when I heard you say ‘welcome to the joy,’ the love that never ends where the grace of God renews again and again…The joy of the Lord is my strength!” God welcomes …

Just the other day, my son was asking me what I had been up to lately. I told him that I had been working on a curriculum book called Balance®. I spoke of the hope and desire to present it to our women’s ministry small groups in the Fall. As I was telling him …

Determined to meet my new neighbors, one Sunday afternoon I made a big batch of banana-chocolate chip muffins. Warm muffins would be my offering of friendship, my reason to knock on their door. While the muffins baked, I wrote our name and contact information on little note cards and attached them to the top …

“It’s hardwired, living inside of me. No matter where I go, I know You’re gonna be with me. I just can’t seem to shake You. Even if I could, yeah, I would not change a thing, yeah. If it’s pushing You away, yeah, or running to You, You still love me the same, yeah. …

Seventeen. Seventeen people were killed during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday. There have been 25 fatal school shootings since Columbine in 1999. The temptation is to either avoid these statistics, turn off the news, look away, or to live in fear. As people of God we have a better way. We know that we serve a …

I love the holidays. In my opinion, Christmas songs can start as soon as the first leaf turns orange signaling that fall is here. Halloween and Thanksgiving are fine and all, but, for me, the Christmas spirit takes over fall and winter. This is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but a …

Ahh…what to do with an ENTIRE day off?! I woke up feeling excited yet overwhelmed. The whole family was home from school and work due to a holiday. Yay! Precious time. I briefly entertained thoughts of fun outings like heading to the beach for the afternoon. I LOVE the beach, and a breath of fresh …

Once upon a time, a girl named Goldilocks went for a walk in the forest and came upon a house. When no one answered her knock on the door, she went in and found three bowls of porridge. One was too hot, one was too cold, and one was just right. After tasting porridge, …

In June, I went to Zimbabwe with Body & Soul Fitness, earning service hours for Liberty University. It was amazing and powerful. And God used the time to open my eyes to recognize how worldly happiness is different from joy. True joy comes from a life focused on the Lord. I think a lot …

The scale – what emotions do you feel when you hear that word? Let’s face it we all have a love/hate relationship with the scale. We love it when the number drops, and hate it when the number goes up. Do you know the number one reason women don’t go to the doctor? You …