Let Hope Flow


If I could put into words how I’m feeling these days the only word that would even come close would be well … Happy.  Unadulterated contentment.  When I think back over the last few years to say they were difficult would be an understatement. They were some of the toughest of my life.  But just like my dad told me so many years ago when my first life storm hit, “Spring always returns”.  And just like that everything is in bloom.  I’m happier, so much happier, these days and I must admit I’m finding it harder to write without the ammunition of pain spurring me along.  Yet, although I am in one of the happiest seasons I can remember in a long time, I am painfully aware of the suffering of so many others.

Perhaps that is God’s way with us.  To steer us safely to the other side of our pain so that we in turn can reach back and extend our hand to others letting them know they are not alone.  And in fact, there were others ahead waiting on the shore for me to welcome me, dry you me off, give me solace and return me to life. Angel upon angel descended upon me with messages of comfort, restoration, hope and love in just the right ways and at just the right times so that I, though desolate, never did extinguish hope.  It was always there. Quiet. Steadfast.  Unbothered.  Ever Present. For it knew that in time everything wrong would be made right.

Indeed the best thing I’ve done for myself to date was take a time out on loving others so that I could focus on loving me. What I thought would take one year, in fact, took two and in the rear view mirror of it all I now see so clearly how utterly neglected I’d become and absolutely necessary resting was.

And isn’t that our way?  Running around so keenly focused on loving and caring for others that we cannot properly care for ourselves.   Day in and out we hold our busy-ness high for all to see like some valiant badge of honor that validates our worthiness.  Nonsense. I hope to never return to her or that place again.  She is no longer needed for the journey ahead. Growth is the most beautiful blessing.

So today I’m content with the simplicity of it all.  Life unfolding.  It makes me smile. Big toothed, wide grinning happiness. She’s here.  And if that was needed for this type of peace to come forth.  Then, in the end, the suffering was worth it all.

So to whoever you are, wherever you are along life’s journey.  Today is just a day in your  story.  It’s never the end.  So no matter how hard or painful it feels.  Don’t give up. Let hope flow.  And know that in time it will guide you safely back to shore.




Continue Reading

The Truth About Us

The truth about us, you and I, is we are so different we are the same.  I long for you to see me. My truth.  Validate my possiblity and give me what my soul craves.  Recognition.  Affirmation.  Solace. Love. Eternity.  Yet the more I cry out for you, the more I realize the inevitable.  You […]

Continue Reading


So often, we are stagnated by our own fear.  Paralyzed, we cannot move to the next level or begin a new chapter until we face it head on, stare it in its eye and refuse to be moved.  But that’s the problem with fear isn’t it?  It’s so darn elusive, it’s hard for us to […]

Continue Reading

Speak God I’m Listening

‘ Blankly, I stare into this world and wonder what we have become.  What animal or beast or ghastly spirit has taken hold of us so that we cannot even offer each other the most gentle courtesies.  A smile. A genuine hello. The invitation of our friendship through something as simple as just our mere […]

Continue Reading

Getting Past Why

Yesterday, after a whirlwind Friday night with friends followed by an early morning 5K, I found myself on the couch after lunch totally zapped. I’d planned to watch a movie and nap, but instead found myself immersed in an intense multi-part episode of Iyanla Vanzant’s “Fix My Life”. Now I love me some Iyanla.  I […]

Continue Reading

Forgiveness Starts with Me

It’s funny how quickly our lives can ebb and flow from the extremely happy to the profoundly sad, from the completely comfortable to the utterly chaotic and just as quickly return to calm. At times, I find myself in constant flux aiming for some routine balance of peace and happiness these days. Quite honestly, that’s […]

Continue Reading

Before and After Mother’s Day

Today, I am especially grateful for mothers like my friend Gina Tucker who agreed to grace me with her story today on the blog.  Gina’s story is  gritty and raw, yet a powerfully beautiful reminder of God’s power, grace and redemptive love.   Thank you Gina for sharing your story and giving a voice to […]

Continue Reading

It’s Meal Plan Mayhem: And I Need Your Help!

It’s “Meal Plan Mayhem” on the blog and all month long I’ll be featuring healthy and tasty recipes to ensure we can live lives we love. So whether you’re trying to drop a few pounds, get back to feeling good in your clothes or, like me, simply want to look as good on the outside […]

Continue Reading

Loving Them Was Killing Me

Needless to say this year has not disappointed me.  In fact, if we wrapped the year up today, I’d log it as epic and it would go down in my life story as one of the best ever.  Not only has releasing The Love Project, helped me realize the power of raising my voice, but […]

Continue Reading

Sign Me Up: I’m Your Girl

As I sit here on my flight headed back to Atlanta from The Love Project experience this weekend, my heart is full.  Who knew this little book inspired by pain would unleash so much brokenness and start a full blown movement toward healing our hearts so that we can truly live and be all God has […]

Continue Reading