Alone In A Crowded Room – Purposeful Steps When Struggling With Loneliness


Faith

Loneliness happens often when we’re surrounded by good people. These purposeful steps can help us in the mist of loneliness. For much of my adult life, I’ve struggled with loneliness. I’m surrounded by people – good people. But often I stand in a crowded room and feel unseen, and alone. I don’t have a fool-proof cure […]

October 6, 2017

A Case For Front Yard Living


Joyful hosting

Front yard living creates opportunities to build relationships with neighbors. | thisgratefulmama.com

July 27, 2017

Equipping Kids To Cope With Rejection


Family

Regardless of the cause, rejection leaves a stinging wound.We can’t prevent it, but we can proactively EQUIP our kids to cope with rejection. Rejection Starts Early A normally joyful girl leaves preschool happy then immediately succumbs to tears in the car when asked how her day was. ‘Today the kids were laughing at me, but I WASN’T being […]

March 8, 2017

“Thanks-Getting”?


Gratitude

Today I enjoyed a quiet afternoon – football in the background, kids napping, husband nodding off on the couch. While prepping food for dinner, I reflected on how God is so good. And on how much a day of rest is needed. Sunday afternoons at home are a lovely gift. I wasn’t paying attention to the TV but […]

November 22, 2015

Grateful.


Gratitude

It’s Monday. Before jumping headfirst into the week, why don’t we just take a moment to be joyful in this moment? As I consider all that is before me, and all behind me, I am left with one simple yet profound word. Grateful. The weekend did not go as planned. A little one had a fever so instead of a weekend […]

October 12, 2015