Mama Needs a Nap – A Devotional

March 4, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 2

I couldn’t help but feel guilty. “Mommy, play with me!” my daughter insisted as a Barbie made its way into my tired hands. I so badly wanted to enter her pretend world and enjoy the moment as plastic Princesses Belle and Jasmine climbed up my leg, the make-believe mountain. I quickly recited a few lines…

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Look forward – A devotional

February 25, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

“Find something you can look forward to – something in the future that gets you excited – and plan on it.” I’ve offered this advice for more than 18 years. It’s usually what I say to people when they ask how I made it through colon cancer as a teenager and other hard times. Out…

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We painted the room purple – A Devotional

February 18, 2019 | Danielle | A Post About Mike, Devotionals | 2

Several years ago, before our loft was littered with Barbie houses and LOL dolls, Mike and I decided to paint over the dark, aqua-green walls we inherited upon the house sale. A mixture of wanting to put our own personal, newlywed touches on our house and covering up a color neither one of us preferred,…

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Holy Tantrums – A Devotional

January 7, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 2

Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. –Psalm 44:23-24 (NIV) The sting of my toddler’s harsh words sparked tears I held back until exiting her bedroom. Her frustration from not getting her way resulted in a tantrum where she declared, “I don’t like you, I don’t love you,…

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How To Resist Temptation | A Devotional

July 18, 2018 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

My stomach let out another loud, embarrassing growl. “How did Jesus do this for 40 days?” I wondered to myself. Although not accustomed to fasting for spiritual reasons, I couldn’t help but think of his desert experience. I hadn’t eaten in over 12 hours and the pains of hunger were starting to set in –…

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Me – A Racist? | A Devotional

June 27, 2018 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

“I think you’re racist….” It didn’t matter that he was a stranger. And just because the accusation came through a Facebook message, it didn’t make it any easier to receive. An assumption had been made based on our profile pictures. He didn’t realize someone else had spoken for the free giveaway I listed in the…

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From Good to Great | A Devotional

June 20, 2018 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

“I’m good.” It only took a second to say, but as soon as the words rolled off my tongue, conviction hit my heart. I quickly shifted around in the Panera booth to get more comfortable, gripped my coffee cup and corrected myself. “No- you know what? I’m great.” My friends looked back at me, their…

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It’s OK to Love | A Devotional

June 13, 2018 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

You know the neighbor who won’t mow their yard – or the one who lets their dog poop in yours? It’s OK to love them. (Even if the other neighbors gripe.) You know the people who smoke, drink and curse just a little too much? Yep, it’s OK to love them too. How about the…

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Open Arms Open Wider | An Adoption Devotional

November 8, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 2

My armpits were sweating to the point I felt the seam of my shirt begin to stick to my side each time I maneuvered the car seat around the big oval table under the judge’s chair. It wasn’t exactly the image I’d dreamed up as a child about the day I’d adopt a baby and…

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Two Languages | A Devotional

November 1, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

It’s National Adoption Month! To celebrate, I’ll be posting stories and devotionals that carry the heart of adoption all month long. Having a spirit of adoption goes beyond the literal adopting of a child. Adoption is a mindset and attitude. Adoption means you open your heart to a new definition of family – one that…

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Birth Order | A Devotional

October 25, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

It’s less than 13 months, but the way I treat my “baby” brother sometimes, you’d think I was at least several years older than him. For over 30 years now, I’ve gladly taken on the role as firstborn in our family. As a child, I volunteered as Mom’s helper – who needs fake dolls when…

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If You Care | A Devotional

September 20, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 1

If you care, then…  you will sign this petition. Or call your lawmaker. Run this race. Or bring me dinner.  If you care, you would have called me. You would have known what I needed. I shouldn’t have to tell you what to do. If only you cared. Sound familiar? When we’re in low places,…

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Preparation | A Devotional

September 6, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

Instant. As much as I hate to admit it, that’s often how I want most things in my life. Ramen noodles soft within minutes. Information that would fill thousands of encyclopedias just a few clicks away. Access to a camera, video camera, calendar and people all over the world in just one swipe. Cancer to…

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Writer’s Rejection | A Devotional

August 30, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

As I scooted out my chair and walked away from the round table, it became increasingly difficult to hide my disappointment and contain the stream of tears about to drop down my face. Becoming the next 20-something bestselling author was not in my near future. The editor I’d requested to review my writing samples during…

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Fitbit | A Devotional

August 2, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

I have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with my Fitbit activity tracker. I was excited about it at first, but after many weeks, which turned into months, I didn’t hit my goal. My step count was dismal, no stars appeared next to my days. After awhile, it was easier to stop wearing the tracker than…

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Piles | A Devotional

July 26, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

I prefer a clean house. I like to see our stuff organized. Stacked containers with coordinated lids is a small paradise. Books neatly lined up on a shelf feels like a treat. Sometimes life affords me the time and energy to clean, sort and organize. My house glows, and subsequently, I do too. I love…

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Stairs | A Devotional

July 19, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

There really weren’t that many stairs. I’d run up and down them many times; the carpet threads were worn from years of foot traffic. Climbing to the second floor was nothing I hadn’t done before. Yet my fresh incision and doctors orders told a different story. I was to take it easy. Scaling the steps…

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Out of the Box – A Devotional

July 12, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

One day, it hit me. I was living most of my life looking at or through a box. Not literally, of course. But my eyes and ears were mostly focused on messages with four lines surrounding them. Sometimes, it was the TV box. Other times, the boxes were of computer screens, calendar dates or pages…

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Following Orders | A Devotional

November 16, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

The only thing missing was padding on each square foot of the white room. It didn’t matter that my seclusion was due to low white blood cell counts and my high risk for serious infection. It felt like I’d done something wrong. As I laid still in the hospital bed after yet another surgery, I…

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Trusting God To Provide | A Devotional

November 9, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 2

We couldn’t afford it. His middle school math teacher salary and the income I brought in from my small business paid our bills but didn’t leave wiggle room for much of anything else – especially an adoption. “When you accept the call to adopt, God will provide… trust us.“ Our friends who’d adopted their son…

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From Scanxiety to Hopeful | A Devotional

October 26, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer, Devotionals | 2

The words were about to roll off the keyboard like drizzling butter over freshly popped popcorn when I stopped myself. No – the days of basking in scanxiety were over. Instead of writing about the trauma and pain of cancer, or the nervousness about my upcoming scans, I felt an invisible nudge to focus on…

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Love the Poor | A Devotional

October 12, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals, Faith | 1

  And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”…

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In the Club | A Devotional

September 21, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

My bouncing, bubbly kindergartner stepped off the bus with a smirk on her face. I expected to hear the same thing I’d heard for three weeks – news of a playground crush and elementary marriage proposals. But her news of the day came unexpected: “I’m in the club! I’m with a bunch of other girls…

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Of Course I’m Jealous | A Devotional

July 12, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 2

I’m facing a dilemma at the moment. I can’t decide if I’m going to hide the gray hairs popping up all over my head at my next hair appointment or if I’m going to let them be. On one end, I want to hide them because I don’t love them. Nothing wrong with that. On…

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Why Ask Why? | A Devotional

July 5, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

The day we stop asking “Why?” is a very dangerous day. It’s a day draped in a mask of maturity but really it’s not. “Immature children are the ones who won’t stop asking questions,” we think. Us adults are the ones who don’t get it. We shouldn’t ask for a map only when we’re lost…

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From Hotel to Motel

May 23, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

Poof. I expected a larger cloud of dust to billow out from the faded mustard bedspread as I plopped down to scan the motel room. It was much different than the 4-star hotel I checked out of just hours earlier. Amidst a busy week and chaotic work schedule, details of my travel plans fell through…

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Summoned By Name

April 18, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

My eyebrows frowned with disdain, and not because I was “so over” being the only teenager in the oncology waiting room. With no say or input of my own, I’d been put on a plane and flown to a world-renowned cancer center to have the country’s leading experts review my rare colon cancer case. Missing…

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How to Trust God When My Friends Are Dying

February 23, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

“How could you…? Why didn’t you…? “Where were you…?” I struggled to find the strength to complete my prayerful sentences. I didn’t want to pray my honest prayers. And it wasn’t because I was scared to hurt God’s feelings; I’d moved past that months ago. The memories of dearly loved friends who went all too…

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I Want More – A Devotional

January 18, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 1

“Mama, for my birthday can I have…” And then suddenly her cute little preschool voice trailed off into a vortex as my consciousness slipped off into the land of “mom guilt.” “She hasn’t even played with all of the new toys from Christmas two weeks ago! We’ve failed as parents of an only child. She’s ungrateful for…

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Dwell – A Devotional

January 1, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

When we dwell, we find beauty in what was previously overlooked. Peace in the midst of growth and change. Rest, grace and patience to keep us company. Calmness and compassion in the midst of all that’s wrong. When we dwell, we exhale. We say the hard stuff. We say everything. Yet at the same time,…

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