Choose Chat

Hey friends! I am excited about a new weekly series that my friend Jill Miller and I are doing together. We are calling the series Choose Chat. Our life is full of choices, from the moment we get up in the morning until our head hits the pillow at night. Some of the choices are…

Remembering Dad

Today marks 8 years since I’ve lost my dad. One of those days that I can still vividly remember. My daughter Becca and I were shopping at Target for some last minute items needed to celebrate my son, Thomas’ 17th birthday. My phone rang, it was my uncle, Bill. I answered the phone in a…

Thy Will Be Done…

“I didn’t realize until tonight that peace doesn’t come from putting my life in God’s hands, it comes from the knowledge that it’s not mine, to begin with. It has been His from the beginning. I in my humanness must step aside and let Him do His work through me because I am His.” I…

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all you dad’s out there! I’m sitting here thinking of all the different ways I could talk about my dad and my wonderful husband in this post. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 is what comes to my mind when I think of both of them. These commandments that I give you today are to be…

Whisper

“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to the whisper which is heard by him alone.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Whisper — To speak with soft, hushed sounds. The word whisper has been popping up in various places of my life. The first was in a devotional that my…

Yes, Lord I am Listening

This past week I was blessed with an opportunity to say Yes to God. An opportunity to turn the struggles that I went through last year with breast cancer and bless someone in need. My husband Jeff saw a story on the news of an individual in our community named Chris, who is going through…

This is Me

I write for a magazine called Positive Note Magazine. Each quarter there is a new topic to write about, and this quarter it was titled “This is me.” I thought I’d share it with you here too! I am a girl who grew up in a small town in Northwest Iowa, who loved helping my…

He Opens Doors

When Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts was published in January 2016, I looked back on the two years it took to get to that place, and was in awe of the doors God opened. Now, in 2018, I am still in awe of the doors God has been opening. I told…

Choose Conference

What a blessed week-end! I had the honor and privilege over the weekend to be a disciple to over 80 beautiful women! Speaker, singer and songwriter, Jill Miller and I put on a half-day conference called Choose: Life is about Choices. It was truly an inspiring and blessed event, filled with time for worship, learning,…

Servant Leadership

I was asked to speak at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce in December. A friend of mine shared Choose Joy with the chamber and thought it would be a great topic for their chamber members. I was so excited that I, of course, said yes. Then realized that I needed to figure out how this…