Hopes & Dreams

We all have desires. They may be grand. They may be survival level. But hope is what keeps us living. The question is, how can we get more living out of life? One way is to put a visual focus on those dreams and desires that are priorities in our life. These aren’t wishes that we hope will magically appear, but priorities we want to work toward. Perhaps they seem too “impossible” or too “crazy” or too anything. While no-doubt some people have expectations of their life that truly aren’t going to happen. Too many more fail to see a… Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Everyone has a story. Perhaps you love your life. Perhaps you don’t like where you’re story seems to be heading. But until you take your final breath, no one really knows what all their story has to tell. Our plots take so many twists and turns that only God knows where they’re leading. But that doesn’t mean we should just let life sweep us along, throwing at us whatever it brings, with no active response from us. The issues of life are meant to strengthen us. We are to learn and grow from them. Although God directs our steps, we… Continue reading

Goodbye 2020

I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to see 2020 end. And am overly optimistic to think the changing of the calendar will end all the issues 2020 brought. 🙂 Year end writings tend to be reflective, and this will be just that. Those that follow my ministry know that I’m a mix of musings along with practical tips and info. I find both are necessary in ministry and mentoring. And, at heart, I’m a storyteller. If you’ve followed my ministry of Me & My House over the decades, (since even before there was internet,) you know that much… Continue reading

Enough is Enough

“If the cost of saving a marriage is destroying a woman, the cost is too high. God loves people more than he loves institutions.” ~ Gary Thomas “Every divorce is the result of sin, but not every divorce is sinful.” ~ Kevin DeYoung  “Another woman told me about putting up with her husband’s appalling behavior for over forty years. I was invited to look in her face, see the struggle, see the heroic perseverance, but also be reminded that counsel has consequences.“ “Jesus said what he said about divorce to protect women, not to imprison them.” Liberty ~ freely whole

Coercive Control

Domestic violence expert, Julie Owens: “Most DV is not just getting hit or physically injured. In fact, the majority of abuse tactics (including many that equate to torture) aren’t even against the law. Partner abuse is much, much more than the cruel things an abuser DOES TO his partner. It is also things he TAKES FROM her – her autonomy, her freedom to come and go as she pleases, her peace of mind, her friends, her personal space, her privacy, her dignity, her financial independence, her sense of self, and so much more. Many victims live under constant siege; like… Continue reading

Mental Health Day

Combine Domestic Abuse Awareness Month with Mental Health Day, and you get encouragement for soul care. Please care for yourself, get help, and heal. Show compassion for yourself. Liberty ~ freely whole

Proclaimed

Proclamation on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2020  Issued on: October 1, 2020 All Americans deserve a life free from the threat of physical and psychological harm.  Tragically, far too many Americans are deprived of this right by perpetrators of domestic violence.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we offer our support to the victims and survivors of this unacceptable atrocity and reaffirm our commitment to bringing justice to their abusers and offering hope to those who currently reside in volatile and unsafe living conditions. Domestic violence is an evil that threatens the social fabric of our Nation.  It is a… Continue reading