A Valentine’s Day Special

February 13, 2017

 

Valentine’s Day. Everywhere we  look we see images of what the world tells us Valentine’s Day is “supposed” to look like – a day complete with a box of yummy Russell Stover’s  or voluminous flowers from someone whose affection is reserved just for “you.” But what if there is no “significant other”? It can be a stinger, indeed, but it doesn’t have to be! I know a secret. Continue Reading…

My New 2017 Journal Talked to Me While on the Shelf

December 30, 2016

Over the years journaling has been a life-changing practice of mine.  In fact, every late December I set out to find the perfect spiral notebook. In the last five years, manufactures must have had me in mind because now I can buy a spiral notebook with a fancy design on the front cover. Woo hoo!

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What’s Your Christmas Fluff?

December 15, 2016

Every year our hearts are turned toward the Christmas story and its flavorful characters. You know: Mary, Joseph, Gabriel and the shepherds. I love to examine them because in each one I identify with their responses to the birth of Jesus. Yet one, in particular, seems to resonate with me every year. Maybe it’s because this season demands so much of me in running my household smoothly. (Or… is that even possible?) Whatever the case, it’s the innkeeper that stings my heart. Remember that fella? He was preoccupied with all the “fluff” and, therefore, completely missed the miracle that God had descended onto planet Earth, camouflaged in the skin of a newborn.  Continue Reading…

A Mother’s Influence

December 2, 2016

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I get so excited when someone sends me a devotional and says, “Hey, Pam. I read this today and thought of all the single moms who might find these words encouraging. Hope you enjoy.” (And, by the way, this lady is a single mom, herself…and a GREAT one at that!) She sent these words from Dr. Billy Graham on the significance of a mother’s role. I love it! Continue Reading…

How to Give Thanks When You Don’t Feel Like It

November 10, 2016

Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s that time of year where we as women want our nests called “home” in order. You know what that looks like, a relatively trouble-free household without fears looming in our future. After all, that makes giving thanks much more comfortable and satisfying, right?   Continue Reading…

The 11¢ that Became a Million Dollars

October 18, 2016

Some acts of humanity just blow me away. It still warms my heart to know there are appreciative and kind-hearted people in this world. Amen? Some acts of kindness are never forgotten.

I remember the time when I was a brand new single mom in Texas with a two and four year old.  Continue Reading…

Lesson I Learned in Filming EMERGE 2

October 14, 2016

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One of the greatest blessings I have in life is doing ministry with so many wonderful women. Just last night Arise Ministries finished filming the second DVD series called EMERGE – Life Lessons for Single Moms. And something dawned on me after I got home from the taping. Continue Reading…

A Very Special Blessing to Me

September 14, 2016

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Divorce is yucky!  For any of you that have been through one, you know that it’s terribly painful and its consequences seem to outnumber the stars. Yet, through mine, God blessed me with a most precious relationship…my stepdaughter –AMBER MORGAN. Now, I won’t tell you her age (I want her to still like me after this post)… but trust me, she’s still a young chicken in my books – yet a very WISE young chicken at that.

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Are You an Emotional Pack Rat?

September 12, 2016

When you first look at this little fella, you might think, “He’s a cute tiny thing.” But I bet not one of us would want to open our garage door and see him dash under our car! Anyone that knows me, knows I hate mice. My husband knows it, too. I remember the time he trapped a pack rat and hung it on a string and let the grandkids surprise me, dangling it in front of my face as a joke for Grammy. They got a kick out of it, but I still have emotional problems because of it. Continue Reading…

My Bookcase Surprise

August 8, 2016

When I was a mother raising children alone, I possessed one certain Bible. I wrote notes in the margins beside verses that pertained to my circumstances asking God to apply that truth to my need. My Bible was my diary (much like the little pink one with a lock on it that I hid under my pillow when I was eight-years-old.)  Then when I married Rich (25 years ago), I purchased another Bible, one accompanied with fresh-smelling neon pens. Continue Reading…