I am a singer
a creative soul
a wife and mother
who occasionally tries to cook

I love sea shells
and kindness 
and the smile of my girls
gives me inexplicable joy

I want to live a life of gratitude
choose brave love 
and find beauty
even in the difficult days

I think life is richer when we share the journey
so I hope you’ll join me
for a cyber cup of courage now and then...
 

Drink In The Truth 

C U P  O F  C O U R A G E ☕️ 

Hey, make sure you are drinking TRUTH into your soul today!

Too many people believing lies about their worth, resulting in despair. 

So in case you're not sure or you've forgotten, let me pour you a cup of truth - and baby, you can never get enough of this stuff:

•Your soul is of infinite value and worth 
• Your unique presence is wanted, needed and treasured on this earth 
• You carry the holy image of God inside you and are here for a purpose. 

If you are drinking anything less than this truth, spit it out, friend, it's poison.

Time to fill your cup to the brim with the divine truth. 

Happy drinking, beautiful one ☕️

Find The Light 

C U P  O F  C O U R A G E ☕️ 

Just found myself a cosy spot on the floor in my bedroom - the only space in this whole house where warm winter sunlight is quietly streaming through the window.

Oh it is almost mesmerizing and glorious to find this sweet haven on a chilly monday morning as I sip my first coffee. Puppy is already napping peacefully by my feet here. 

Finding some light and warmth in a cold season of life can do wonders for your body and soul. It's life-giving.

Where's your window of warmth today? What brings you life? It can be anything, whatever brings you joy! 

Make sure you go there today; spend a few moments letting your soul be warmed, encouraged, lifted as you inhale a huge breath of courage into your lungs.

Take care of yourself today and find the light

 

Dancing With Hope 

C U P O F C O U R A G E ☕️ 

Sometimes you've just gotta hold on through a rough patch. Especially when it's a patch of resurgent grief.

You may be like me - constantly dancing around a thread of grief in your life. It's a delicate, tricky dance; some days you are flawless while others you're a smashed mess on the floor. 

I did both this week as we celebrated my twin girls' 13th birthday. SO much love and joy! But also so much grief tugging at me as the severity of my daughter's disability was highlighted once again.

And all I could do was HOLD ON to HOPE, tight, as I let myself fall. crash. feel it. Then find my way again. 

Whatever loss or pain you dance around today, don't let go of HOPE.

Whether grief is tugging or screaming at you, let it come; it means you have a heart, you are alive. 

Hold on to hope, keep breathing and keep dancing.

Throw Love At It 

C U P O F C O U R A G E ☕️ 

Take a big gulp of this idea that hit me this morning as I struggled to get my head and heart around all the stuff I am carrying and processing today.

Anxiety was already rising and I didn't want to get on that crazy train again.

So this beautiful random idea popped in my head: THROW LOVE AT IT!

When you don't know what to do or how to respond, go with love. You cannot go wrong.

Love is our most powerful weapon in life. It's more powerful than anything we are facing, because GOD IS LOVE.

Choosing love is putting Him smack bam in the picture of whatever is going down. 

So gulp, sip and drink in this idea as you navigate life today, and let's ditch the crazy train of anxiety and THROW LOVE AT IT!

 

Puppy Lessons 

C U P  O F  C O U R A G E ☕️

So this is happening a lot at our house lately.

Yep, smitten by puppy love. This pup knows how to abandon himself to love. He does it a thousand percent, no holding back. Like a baby being held by its mama.

Does this image evoke it in you too? That deep need in your soul to be held, safely and unconditionally, in strong, secure arms? 

Truth is, us grownups need holding too. All humanity does. 

This puppy is reminding me to be a child and rest in God's unconditional love for me, just as I am today. I am so busy being the adult-parent-mother-grownup caring for others that I forget this part of me. I suspect you do too. 

Today I invite you to take a lesson from our puppy and let him teach you how to allow your imperfect messy self to be completely and utterly abandoned to God's unconditional love.

*Big exhale* you are loved today

 

TO DO Lists 

C U P  O F  C O U R A G E ☕️ 

Ah the beloved TO DO LIST 📝 

Do you love it or despise it?

You're probably running around right now doing a task on your list, furiously writing a list, or panicking because you've lost your list 😳 

Sometimes we need a TO DO LIST  for our HEART - so our day is not just about DOING, it's also about BEING. 

Check out this list. Which one tugged at you? Pay attention to it.

Mine is 'listen to my heart', something that too often gets lost in tasks. I want my day to end productive AND enriched. 

So what's on your HEART LIST today, my friend? ☕️

Have you filled your cup? 

C U P  O F  C O U R A G E ☕️ 

Have you filled your cup today? 

No, not your coffee or tea cup lol, I mean that space inside your soul - your fuel tank. You know, where all your energy flows from, so you can freely give out to those around you. 

If your cup is low or even empty then chances are your day is feeling stressed already. 

Hey, I know how draining life can be, nurturing kids, running a household, working, attempting to keep a clean bathroom AND be a loving humanbeing - it's a lot, right? 

So here's the deal: you gotta learn to take care of yourself and FILL UP YOUR OWN CUP so you can give without fatigue, so pouring out love is a JOY not a resentment. We are all responsible to keep our own cups full. 

So what fills you up?

Steal a few moments being kind to yourself today, and then plan how to get a daily refill. 

And yes of course, please treat yourself a cup of your favorite whatever today.

 

Autumn Leaves 

C U P  O F  C O U R A G E ☕️

I've been watching the autumn leaves fall.

One by one they just let go and gracefully flutter to the ground, slowly and gently. They let the breeze take them. It's almost a dance. So much grace and beauty.

No resistance, no fighting.

It's as if there's a joy in this process, because they know the secret rhythm of life. The change, the fall, the death are all necessary to create and sustain life for the next season. 

How I wish I could change and let go with such ease, such confidence!

Instead I desperately hold on, fighting change, revealing my oh so small faith in the Creator. You too? 

Today the autumn leaves are telling us to embrace change, embrace the letting go; the process is life-giving! 

Gaze on an autumn tree today, watch a leaf fall 🍁  Let it remind your soul that it's good to let go when necessary. 

And let your heart trust the goodness of the Creator and anticipate your next season

Be The Reason 

C U P  O F  C O U R A G E ☕️ 

Yep I woke feeling it too.

Jaded. Discouraged. Heavyhearted over how terrible humans can behave, how unjust our world can be.

Sometimes you can almost sense our collective sigh, can't you?

And yet...today I hold power in my hands.You do too. We woke up with it.

No, you can't rescue Syria today. Oh how I wish. But you CAN be a blessing on this earth today. Each in our own little corners. What that looks like, only you know; it's up to you. But YOU HOLD THE POWER to make a difference. Somewhere. Somehow. For someone. We ALL do. 

So use your power for good today, supergirl. In whatever way you can.

Be the reason someone feels hope. Be the reason someone feels their worth. Be the answer to a need, to a prayer. Do it, say it, give it, pay it. 

Look at your hands - do you see the power God has placed there? Please use it EXTRAVAGANTLY, 'cause this world needs it desperately ☕️

Be A Lifter 

C U P O F C O U R A G E ☕️ 

Yesterday I received a text message from a sweet friend in my tribe.

It contained her affirming words and a link to a song that she felt was for me. Just to know I was in someone's thoughts and prayers was the first blessing. I felt seen. 

And the song? It was like a bird carrying my soul to the exact place I needed to be; there I was sitting next to Jesus, good tears dripping into my coffee, downloading encouragement into my soul. 

Friends, this is how we LIFT EACH OTHER UP!

It's in the small things, the small kindnesses. A simple text, a call, a prayer, a meal can all be divine assignments from God. The power to bless and lift and strengthen is in our hands. 

What about you? Wanna be a LIFTER today?

Then follow that holy nudge, that thought; it's a whisper from God, inviting you to be a carrier of his blessing.