Too Big for Me

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“N-n-no,” I sobbed.  I saw him relax in relief through my tears.  “It’s just too much.  My burden is too heavy.  This is too big for me.”  And then, all the feelings and emotions that I had been unable to fully process for months spilled out in the form of massive liquid jewels streaming from my eyes.

Have you ever had a moment like that?  Where things just seem overwhelming?  Out of control?  Too big to handle?  What do you do?

Visit me over at Simple Wives today where I talk about handing over our burdens to the Lord!

Cleansing the Winter Gloom

Today I’m over at Simple Wives writing as part of Spring Cleaning month about how to clean the winter gloom away from your soul…

The birds are back.

I heard them singing in the sunshine from our rafters.  My cat sat on our bay window watching them, his tail twitching in earnest.  Fluffy feathers, a resounding chorus of chirps and tweets, and a spirit of overall merriment had descended on our roof as the birds rested on their journey back north.  Spring has arrived!  After the pall of winter and eight weeks of intensity, drama, and sickness (flu, strep, sinus infection…you name it, I had it) had left me feeling positively glum, I needed some cheer and merriment back in my life.  It was time to clear out the winter gloom and usher in springtime for my soul!

Psalm 57:8 exclaims the cry of the human heart that Spring brings, “Awake, my soul!”

The first step to cleansing the winter gloom away from your soul is to tell it to awaken!  Your soul–like your self, your home, your heart–needs to be told to awaken after a long winter’s gloom.  Falling asleep is easy.  Waking up is an entirely different matter.  It’s refreshing, the chance to start anew.  Allow the Lord to rouse you from your slumber!  After all, He calls you to, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light” (Ephesians 5:14).

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How to Deal with Tough-to-Love People Around the Holidays [Simple Wives]

The holiday season (Thanksgiving through New Year’s) brings a corncucopia of family gatherings…some of which make us incredibly excited, and others that make us view the season of thankfulness and joy the same way we would view the possibility of having our fingernails ripped out one by one.  Family gatherings even made one of the notorious “12 Pains of Christmas.”  And ya’ll, that’s just not right.  It’s time to take the holiday reigns and give them over to God. 

Join me over at Simple Wives today for some simple and godly strategies on how to deal with those tough-to-love people in your life!

“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”

-Colossians 4:5-6 (Message)

Preparing Your Pets for An Emergency (Simple Wives Post)

With all the strange extreme weather we’ve been having over the past two years (like massive tornadoes and East Coast earthquakes), and now the latest Frankenstorm that is overtaking the East Coast as I write, it’s so important to prepare your pets for emergency situations.  Animals are going to be very agitated, frightened, and confused in emergency situations, but if you are prepared in advanced, calming during the emergency, and loving throughout it all, you will help your animal friend and yourself get through a challenging situation.

Join me over at Simple Wives for some tips on how to prepare your pets (and yourself) for emergency situations!