Posts

Life after prison

Image
So, your husband is coming home. You are excited, preparing a nice welcome home of the sort he will just findamazing. You are telling all your friends and family, expecting great things. Big hugs andkisses when you see him, Joyall around. This is an exciting time! 
You finally get to hold him as long as you want. Kiss him as big as you want without worrying that someone will say "10 seconds only!" or "Back to the seats". Noone watching over your shoulder or listening to your conversations.
All of this can be true, depending on your circumstances and relationship with him so far. Have you already forgiven him? Have you two talked through the things you need to? Is he repentant and ready to change? If so, then this can absolutely be your homecoming story. 
Be prepared, however...
This is a honeymoon stage! Now, I don't want you to get discouraged here, I just want you to be fully aware of what is coming. By all means,enjoythis phase! Have a blast, celebrate, take…

Hurricane Florence and life storms

Image
Scary weather coming! Are you ready!? It's important to make sure you are prepared for major storms that come. Especially in life - and with those storms we don't always get a warning. 
What are some preparations you find essential to weather the storms of life?
Preparing for a hurricane is a lot like being prepared for life's storms though - we just need to always have our "storm kit" ready.Not like always looking over our shoulder for the next shoe to drop, but just having it packed and ready.
Essentials like...
Water ⛲ The living water which makes us thirst no more
Bread 🍞 The bread of life that sustains us (with peanut butter and jelly 🥜🍑 the sweet love of Christ to hold us)
Flashlights 🔦 The light of Christ to guide us through the dark days (and don't forget your batteries!🔋🔋 That precious time with God that keeps the energy flowing and ready to use at your finger tips!)
Blankets 👘 the robes of righteousness we are given that keep us safe and warm in His…

The New Yarn beginning....will you be a part of it?

Ok, blogging, praying friends, You have been praying for this "new big thing" I've been talking about. ( I know you have, because it is coming together...I'm doing it scared!) God has added a new Yarn to our story.... I have been called to start a Social Enterprise ( didn't even know it had a name when I had the idea, but it does!) If you dont know what that is yet - check out the video below for an explanation. What is a social enterprise? My goal is to provide practical hope and help for Women who are spouses of inmates. I would be providing packages of information, resources, and personal support for things that are both common to all who go through this life experience and individualized to each woman's situation. Things like how to save money on those outrageous collect calls, How to navigate two worlds at once, Why do I feel like I'm the one in prison, How can I help my Spouse while he's gone, How to be a single mom - when I'm not single.... …

The New Yarn - My vision

Image
Let's talk for a bit about the future.... My future, the future of this blog, mainly - The Hope and Glory of God that will see fruition in the future. Lord willing, in the near future.
I have been given a vision - a calling.  The Bible tells us that "All things work for good,  for those who are called according to His purpose" Rom. 8:28 God has a "plan and purpose to prosper and not to harm" (my paraphrase) Jer. 29:11
In light of this, I am able to see our season of trials, of being "in the system"  as God's preparation for the calling he has given me.
My goal is to start a company - a social enterprise  that will provide spouses of inmates with the information and support they need to not just survive but thrive as they navigate their changing worlds and work to have healthy families in this challenging situation.
I am currently thinking through and planning out the content and how it will be structured,  but the way I envision it for now is hav…
Image
What happened to that blessed mess!? It's been 2 months is she okay!? Maybe she's not as blessed as she thought, maybe there really isn't any hope and her family has fallen apart....

I would so hate for you to think that because I have not been here that things are going badly or that there is no hope. Remember, there is always hope with God. Even when I fail you and I'm not here or I don't post, God is still good, God is still working,  there is always hope. And you know what? Even if my family were to fall apart - that does not change the fact that God is good and there is always hope, even when the outcome is different than you thought it would be.
Let me reassure you however we have not fallen apart. We are doing well, still learning, growing and figuring this out. Still having lots of ups and downs. We knew it was going to take time, and lots of work, and that's what we've been doing for the past couple of months. It's hard work, daily hard work t…

Don't listen to the lies

Image
There was a post on Facebook by Stacy Debee on A Place of Love that asked what was holding us back or hindering us from stepping out and being bold.
Stop just a minute and answer that for yourself.... Dig deep, really think about it -  write it down...
we'll come back to that later.
My answer kind of surprise me because I thought I had gotten beyond it a long time ago. Apparently, however, these fears hang around in the background to raise their ugly head just when you're getting ready to step out and do something big, or something hard - something to make a difference, or even just stepping in the right direction!
The Devil loves to use these fears to do his best to prevent you from being part of God's good work. He hates to see us succeed and will use the lies that we tell ourselves in any way he can.
Okay transparency time here's my big


I'm afraid I'm going to fail. Every. time.
I keep thinking "but if I mess this up God is going to look bad!"
WHAT…

Easter

Image
Yesterday I spoke of Good Friday and the things it caused me to reflect upon.
 Today I would like to focus on Easter and the resurrection.
The resurrection speaks of the conquering of Death
The removal of Darkness
The Forgiveness of sins
The start of a new life.

Our family has come through so many struggles and now we begin our new life.
We are winning against the darkness of sin. Infidelity, anger, miscommunication and so much more.
Just like Jesus took off the wrappings of his burial so we must continue to come out of the wrappings of our sin. Jesus took the time to take them off carefully, fold them neatly, and put them in their place.
It's a daily process coming out of this death of ours. We must deal with the wrappings  -the past- one piece at a time, carefully, then fold it, set it aside, and leave it behind.
Like Christ coming out of his tomb, like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon, this family will learn to truly live and fly as a beautiful testimony to the Lord. For i…