You are invited…We are all Daughters

You are invited…We are all Daughters

It’s a big no-no in the blogging world.  Since last fall, I have only made 2 posts to my blog. However, I haven’t been blogging but I have been writing. Between waddling through my 3rd trimester of pregnancy and caring for our fourth addition since November, I have written my first ever full length bible study.

It’s called, Daughters: Your Identity Rescued, Your Value Restored

It grew out of questions I still had about who I was to God? Do I have value? What does he see when he looks at me? Does he really love me because I really struggle to feel it? Where am I secure? What is my worth? Do I have dignity?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

Is What You’re Carrying, What You Really Desire?

One Thursday evening last December brought our first accumulating snow of the season. The next morning my four-year-old son woke up, came bounding into our room, exclaiming, “Look at the snow! It snowed last night! It’s white outside! Mommy and Daddy! You have to get up and see the snow!” My other son, in his 1½-year-old jargon, said in a drawn out tone, “S-N-O-W, W-H-I-T-E S-N-O-W!”  It was one of the most joy-filled and sweet mornings our family had experienced in a long time.

Most mornings are not like that. Normally, I have to drag my body to a sitting posture and wipe the sleep out of my eyes. Then, I have to stretch to get any kind of blood flowing, so that I have the necessary amount of energy to push my body to a standing position. Some mornings I just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, not expecting much for the day and already feeling defeated by it. You too?Continue reading

A Daughter of Delight

A Daughter of Delight

I was single and out of college. It had been years since I had been asked out on a date, and I was searching and striving to find some level of contentment. While I was driving down a beautiful winding road, I was talking to God about wanting to be content but still crying out of my desire to have a life partner.

I came around a bend, looked up in the sky on a typical overcast Chicago-day and noticed some clouds parting. As the sun began to shine through the clouds, I realized the opening formed what looked to be a heart. There before me were sunrays shining through in the shape of a heart. Realizing this, I soaked in the Son-rays of love for me.Continue reading