In 2021, Harry Connick Jr. released a new album titled Alone with My Faith. I leaned in and listened intently as Connick shared the backstory of his album on Annie F. Down’s That Sounds Fun Podcast (Episode 288). This new album resulted from his need to process the...
Prior to the coronavirus, the term “long hauler” described the life of a tractor-trailer driver crisscrossing the US with their freight. But in 2020, scientists reintroduced the phrase, “long-haulers” to our vocabulary, referring to people who experience chronic...
In seasons of doubt, weariness, or fear we can borrow hope from God and our friends to help us persevere through hardship.
In her book, Yet Will I Praise Him, Hannah Wingert articulates the struggles and emotions plagued by chronic illness warrior- words often difficult to express. When I read this book, I exclaimed, “She gets me!”
“When Life Hands Your Scraps, Make a Quilt.” I chuckled at this quote hand-painted on a wall in a Chesapeake, VA sewing shop. I love the twist on the cliché, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” This cheerful scrap of a quilt square is my reminder that one day; God will use all my scraps to create a beautiful quilted tapestry for His glory.
There's always been a bit of fun, joking, and curiosity behind my name. So today, on April Fool’s Day, I thought I'd plunge into some interesting notions surrounding me and my name. My name is April Dawn, but I was born in July. No, my parents are not hippies. What’s the story behind your name?
Where do you turn when your heart needs a friend? I’m not talking about the gym friend or the book club friend. Instead, a friend who’s walked through hell and still has a hallelujah in their heart. When your heart needs a friend, you need someone who’s been where you are, fought similar battles, and survived with joy? A friend who will listen without trying to fix the situation, but rather encourage along the way.
When troubles pile up, remember the heartfelt plea of Moses, “I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me,” (Numbers 11:14). Learn to pile up your troubles on God’s shoulders. His arms are not too short to reach, nor His ears too dull to hear. (Numbers 11:23 & Isaiah 59:1).
How do we stop the stampede of negative thoughts? If left unrestrained, negative thoughts will gallop through our minds, like wild mustangs on the open range. When doubts and anxious thoughts stampede our minds, we can lasso negative thoughts to the truth of God’s Word
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5, ESV)
I stumbled into 2021 with a New Year’s queso mishap. I think I lost a powder-dipped fingernail in the queso. I took a short cut in the set-up process. How we set-up our morning and plan our day will determine our attitude, outlook, and whether or not we have fingernails in queso.
Hope has a name, and His name is Immanuel, God with us. God is with us in the happy and the hard, the miracles and the mess, the tinsel, and the tangles.
Whether your season is full of joy or ambiguity, you may rest in the knowledge that the Lord is Your Keeper.
What one-step could pivot your life towards progress? One-step toward progress starts with a small beginning. One-step might be all it takes to rekindle a dream, spark creativity, or reevaluate shelved goals.
Unlike us, God never changes. He never has an off day. His mood never fluctuates. He never wakes up on the grumpy side of the bed, because He never sleeps or slumbers (Psalm 121: 3-4). He does not have bad days, dreadful weeks, or hormonal changes. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is certain; God Does Not Change.
Last fall I photographed my niece’s senior pictures at a sunflower farm. The sunflowers, which earlier faced east, now faced west toward the setting sun. Upon reflection, I discovered four lessons from the sunflower farm.