Saturday, October 9, 2010

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

This is where the rubber meets the road...when words are meaningless and actions prove "HOPE" is real! Today it's YOUR chance to share HOPE...

A dear friend of mine has breast cancer. She found out last week it has spread to her lymph nodes. She began chemotherapy this week.

What encouraging words can you share with her to reflect the HOPE that comes from Jesus Christ alone? Leave your encouraging thoughts for her here (comment) and you might just be the glimmer of HOPE she needs. Thank you, my hopeful friends!

With HOPE,

Monday, October 4, 2010

Day 4: Your Secret Place

Yesterday we talked about how important it is to stay "in touch" with God, to spend time connecting with Him. It's important to find a place for this connection, as well. So, where do you connect with God? Where do you seek Him and wait for Him to show up?

When my kids were younger, my private moments of connection with God were nowhere NEAR PRIVATE! Praying while changing diapers, feeding babies, watching Little Bear and Blue's Clues were my only time before pouring my exhausted body into bed at night.

Then when they were a little older, my time with God was in the living room after everyone was in bed asleep with a cup of coffee. I had many late, late nights back then!

During another season of my life, my kitchen table was my secret place with God where I could spread out my Bibles, study books and highlighters, etc. after the kids had gone to school.

Now that I'm working full time, my time with God is early in the wee hours of the morning and before going to bed at night. My place isn't quite as "ideal" as it used to me, but it's still special...just me and God. Only now there's a few more interruptions, but it works for me.

Where is your secret place? If you're not sure, spend some time finding a special place that works for you in the season of life you're in right now. Remember, it doesn't look the same for everyone. All that matters is that you "have" a place to meet with Him. A place to find hope when you're thanking Him for the many blessings in your life or crying out in desperation.

Where is your secret place where hope overflows from filling yourself up with God?

With HOPE,

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 3

So, we've cried out to God and given Him our anger and frustration, our fear and our pain. Now what?

It's disappointing to be's disappointing to realize this isn't a "cure all". There isn't a one time fix where "poof!" now your life is hunky dory! Quite the opposite, it's a daily thing. So you've cried out and shared your pain, now it's crucial to keep the lines of communication open. We can't share our hearts with God once and expect that life will be grand!

It's just like a marriage...sharing the good and the bad. Communication is vital to the health of a marriage. You just can't stay connected unless you're communicating and spending time together. Keeping that line of communication open with God and spending time with Him is vital to a life of radical hope. Have you talked to Him today?

Tomorrow we'll talk about finding that special place to keep the lines of communication open...that special place where HOPE can be found.

With HOPE,

Day 2

Is it hard for you to express your anger or frustration to God? Do you hesitate to share your pain with Him?

Many of us struggle with letting God hear the cries of our heart. Not sure I understand why, when He already knows full well what those cries are! I believe He wants us to bring Him those cries. It's clearly not a "sin" to get angry and certainly not a "sin" to share that anger with God. He already knows how we feel. We sin when we make poor decisions in our anger...when our choices made in anger become ungodly choices. "In your anger, do not sin." Eph. 4:26

I was angry about being sick and angry that this was happening to me. Ever been there? That anger diminished after I expressed it to God. I can't say I don't have days where I feel it creeping up again, but anger doesn't control my life because I cried out and gave it to God and continue to give it to Him day after day.

Check your heart...are you angry because of your circumstances? Angry because someone broke your heart, angry because you lost your job, angry because your body is failing you? God is just waiting to hear from you.

With HOPE,

Friday, October 1, 2010


After being diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy over 13 years ago, HOPE was the last thing from my mind! I was too sick to feel hopeful about anything! Until one day...I hit rock bottom. No really, rock bottom. I fell apart. It was the lowest time in my life and continues to be one of the strongest emotions I've ever experienced. I've never felt such despair and agony in my life. I must've been in that shower for over an hour...just crying my eyes out, pouring my heart out to God, screaming at Him, asking Him "Why? What did I do to deserve this?"

Have you ever felt such despair? Ever been through an experience where HOPE was nowhere in sight? I'm sure you have...we ALL have. If you've never cried out to God with your despair, I challenge you to do that today. It's the first step to a life of RADICAL HOPE. Spend some time in the book of Job (chapters 29-31) and read how Job cried out to God, how he wrestled with his despair and the goodness of God. Then, don't be afraid to cry out to God yourself.

We'll talk more about this tomorrow...get a good night's sleep!

With HOPE,


Thursday, September 30, 2010

31 Days to Radical Hope

Have you ever felt like you just needed someone to help you get started on the right path? I sure have. Several times in my life, I've needed someone to just give me a swift kick in the pants to get me going!

If you're feeling that way now, join me beginning October 1, 2010 for 31 Days to Radical Hope, 31 doses of daily inspiration and may just be the kick in the pants we need to get going!

31 days of short inspirational thoughts on living a life of RADICAL HOPE. What does that look like? How do I get it? Tune in October 1st.

If you're in the Corpus Christi area, join me at the Living the Life Women's Conference! For more information, go to

See you then!

With hope,


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fun in the sun

More Pikes Peak Pics

Pikes Peak Pics

More from The Royal Gorge

Royal Gorge

View From Our Balcony

Post Amarillo

Capulin Volcano was an exciting first for all of us. We've never seen a volcano (dormant or otherwise).
I was amazed by all the wind turbines outside of Amarillo. (I won't bore you with those pictures.)I'm curious who gets the benefit of all the energy produced there. It's almost surreal how huge they are.
We laughed hysterically at one point out in West Texas that we were the only ones out there and all we could find was old fashioned country music on the radio. Not current country either, we're talking "My dog died and all I have is my truck" country.

The greatest moment was when we saw the landscape begin to change and mountains appear on the horizon. We drove through two areas with signs saying "Warning: Do not pick up hitchhikers. State prison area." Kids thought that was exciting. We drove through quite a few areas that said "Speed monitored by aircraft." I think this was only in Colorado. That's something I've never seen before.

The most beautiful thing up until this point was Rotan pass...absolutely gorgeous! The only mountains my kids have ever seen is the hills in Minnesota. It was incredible and hearing their excitement was worth every penny this trip cost.

Driving into Colorado Springs, I felt like a kid at Christmas. I just couldn't wait to get to the resort. I was excited about the fun we had planned, but scared the resort wouldn't be what I thought it would be. After all, I found it online and you just never know about making reservations based on what you read online. This time, I got lucky! Using the GPS we borrowed from a dear friend, we turned the corner to the most beautiful resort! We pulled into Cheyenne Mountain Resort and were greeted by two smiling attendants and the greenest, lushest landscape you can even imagine! The lobby was like an upscale ski chalet (even though I don't have a clue what that looks like!)

The front desk was professional, friendly and the place was spotless. I felt like the staff was actually there for US, not just doing a job. Our room was in the Buffalo Creek Lodge, great parking spot, great location. Our room was perfect and we were amazed at the view from our balcony.
The toilet had issues and I called the front desk. Literally, five minutes after I placed the call, a repairman was at my door. Ten minutes later, it worked perfectly. Impeccable service here.

I'm posting pictures from now on with just a bit of text. I'll write more details later.

Amarillo by mornin'

Our journey began on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. Not a bad start...left on time, only had to run back for forgotten items once, and the kids were fighting...good start!

We had only been on the road for twenty minutes when Luka broke into the "snack bag". She just couldn't wait to dig through all the snacks I packed and see what "goodies" she could find.

We made it to Amarillo by about 6:30 and stayed in a Days Inn (that I "pricelined"). Not too bad for the price, but we were bumping into each other it was so small. We ate a late supper at Cracker Barrel (blech...lousy waitress, but we had fun!)

Later that night, Luka and DiMarco had a great time in the pool. I took pictures, but all I had was my phone and I can't post those here.

After a quick breakfast, we were on the road around 7:30 a.m. Off to Colorado!!

Colorado Family Vacation

Our family decided (okay, I decided) Colorado would be a fun place to take the kids for family vacation this year. What follows is a silly snapshot into our trip...