Thanks-Living: The Real Wonder Women

Thanks-Living: The Real Wonder Women

Confession: I absolutely loved this past summer’s blockbuster – Wonder Woman.

It thrilled audiences and captured my heart. My favorite scene is when Diana (aka Wonder Woman), out of the compassion of her heart for a captured people, steps into her identity and onto the battlefield. Taking all the enemy fire, she leans into the opposition to allow her team to overthrow the unwanted militia.

One particular image stands out in this scene. Diana crouching down behind her shield. Face grimacing. Muscles flexing.  Bullets pounding. Yet despite the opposition, she is resolving to push through and press on for the people.

As much as I love this movie, wonder women in real life are way more inspiring. Women whose lives testify that though “we are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

Wonder women who live out this verse with joy, gratitude and strength. Women who embody thanks-livingThey capture our attention and move us to action. They envision us. Change us. Grow us.Continue reading

How to enjoy Valentine’s Day, EVEN if you are Single

How to enjoy Valentine’s Day, EVEN if you are Single

“Nana_Na_Na. Nana_Na_Na. Hey_Hey_Goodbye.”

If you are single, it is very likely you just can’t wait till February 15th. When the teddy bears come off the shelves and the roses fade away. When the impending anticipation of heart break and unmet expectations will end. And you once again can sing “good-bye” to a holiday that has reared its ugly head in your heart of hearts.

You might be wondering why in the world I am bringing it up.

In your imagination, you might be telling me off, with your hand to my face saying, “Whatever! Why are we even talking about this, Erin? You’ve been married, how long? 8 years. What do you know?

Well, I am not desiring to dredge up pain or disappointment. I am not trying to get in the way of you burying your head and just making it through.

It is just that I experienced one of my best Valentine’s Days, SINGLE.Continue reading

Be the Friend You Want to Have

Be the Friend You Want to Have

In my early twenties I was waiting for a boyfriend that I hoped would be my future spouse. I often wondered why, in my perspective, it was taking so long. I actually had a list of traits or qualities that I was looking for in this man. My list was comprised of ten non-negotiable attributes and one negotiable attribute. The negotiable trait was that he played the guitar. Oh yeah, we were getting down to the nitty gritty. 🙂

Even though the list was rather exhaustive, I hadn’t included the attributes of humble, gentle, and patient. However, Continue reading

Finding True Friendship

Finding True Friendship

Ugh, I had to endure a move in middle school. High school I’m sure would have been harder but in the tweens years, it is especially hard to take on a new school and a whole new set of friends. It just so happened we also had to find a new church which meant walking into youth group all on my own, not knowing a single soul.

However, one of the girls must have noticed the terror on my face as I walked in. To my surprise and great relief, she walked across the room to welcome me. In the weeks that followed she would jump to their feet anytime I walked in the door, scream my name, and come running. Honestly, it made me feel like a rock star!Continue reading