A Beautiful Hot Mess



The Path Of Light



My daughter takes the August cover of Rising Talent Magazine today and I really have no other explanation for how this occurred other than the fact that God is in control.

To be honest, I’m a bit squeamish about the publicity because the attention on talent is just not worth it. Something we deliberately did not continue because there are too many people in this world who do not have good intentions. Sadly the spotlight attracts it like a magnet.

Celebrity and all its messages are not something to strive for in life when it amounts to nothing without Christ. How many senseless suicides have we heard about this year alone? How great is this kind of success then? It’s not for the faint of heart. Why? Because it does not bring joy to a heart to be lived as an object. That’s not what hearts are made for, they are made to be filled with God.

Honored to support Jaclyn and this magazine with a cause. Proud of my daughter and how hard she works.  The success however goes above to where it belongs.

To my daughter, Christ determines every good and perfect blessing. The spotlight somehow finds you and it is hard, it takes a strong person to withstand the storm. I want you to remember our conversation that day on the park bench. God calls us to love our neighbor. That however does not mandate us to allow everyone in to our lives.

Kid, you are tough as nails and it shows. Never forget who’s hands and feet those nails pierced. Jesus will always protect and always lead you to light.  Anything else is just noise and this is what you say to it…


That is what you fill your heart with and your path will be everlasting.

Learning new choreography to Try by Mandy Harvey from Americas Got Talent. A deaf singer, song writer tells Satan exactly where to shove it! Perfect song choice by her instructor.

Loved By Grace,


Check Please

IMG_9589I would say this lightly but nah, here I am slaying it. The precision in which we diffuse now is some major awesomeness. Therapy is salty like that. Skills, we got skills. But Jesus way is even better.

Good gracious, best description for tackling the week is angry elf. And rightfully so when it comes to one sided communication. But in all honesty, we can all pull a very good rendition of angry elf when provoked.  But if we know caring hearts, we can and will recover from the bite. But seriously, I could have throat punched that umpire if I had let my angry elf win. I didn’t do it but guilty as charged. However if you call me elf one more time…

Nope, I do not accept one sided triangular communication any longer. Because here is the deal, it doesn’t go well and the truth almost always isn’t included in the equation. Check please.

Good Lord, our angry elves are lost without Jesus. I’ve been through some crappy experiences in life but then again haven’t we all. That’s not the point, the point is Jesus helps us get our future crap together. I will not take on the tabs of others but I can certainly work on my own angry elf. Which usually means a more critical emotion needs to be dealt with instead. In this case, my tribe. We become like the people we spend our most time with, choose wisely. But once we do, speak the truth and love them hard. One sided tabs are not okay, it drives in fear. Be the kind of person who diffuses, not adds the fuel.

I’m a fixer, I’m definitely a fixer and it has gotten me in trouble more times than I care to count because I’ve failed to fix many things without Jesus. Not anymore.


Just to humor myself though because it’s the only way I know how to laugh about life’s messy moments, I willingly take all the blame. I didn’t do it but even if I did, the favorite tshirt covers us…

Margaritas made me do it. Momma’s, we got this. You see, my tshirt and I can’t fix most things but Jesus can. That’s how we slay girls. That’s how we do.

This week is my light hearted reminder: Not perfect but my Angry Elf is Forgiven by Jesus. The pigtails are an entirely different topic all together but totally supports slay time. In this case, sporadic yet fierce NOLA thunderstorms were not getting the best of margaritaville.

We just have to laugh about the messes, it’s much better than staying stuck as angry elf. The only other thing to say is this; some will seek truth and others will not however, not in our control. All the more reason to have Jesus at the top of our tribe list. ❤️

Loved By Grace,





IMG_3032.PNGIf your first concern is to look after yourself you’ll never find yourself. But if you look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.  ~ Matthew 10:29

Set your eyes on up above and your trust will always lead you in the right direction.

THIS! All day long THIS! ❤️

#VOTW verse of the week

We All Have Buckets


There is no fear in love, perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18

I found myself remembering this message today so I went back and listened to it again. One thing I adore about my church, the media center online. ❤️

Jesus put the message back in my mind because I need it this week.  We can’t always control outcomes but we can control our bucket which is our reaction. The spirit gives us the gifts to navigate understanding although at times it might mean hard outcomes. We can’t always control those outcomes but we can trust Jesus.

This message drilled home that truth a time ago but not without renewed hope. Because the truth is, the closer we are to each others buckets the more we live, love and learn.

In all things the Spirit goes with us and helps us live every day fearless.

Loved By Grace,


Before We Even Ask

Reflecting on the weekend with a smile.

Maybe it was sitting at the table the other night knowing God placed every one of these people in my life for a reason long before I would physically be sitting with all of them. A night set those sovereign plans in motion as painful as it was…without it I would not be sitting at this table now.

Perhaps it was having this video placed in front of me the next day as I take these steps called walking in faith. Know this friends, not a single one of us ever have to worry about a single thing ahead. Jesus knows what we need before we even ask. ❤️

Cling tightly to My hand and walk resolutely past those dark presences of fearfulness and despair. Your confidence comes from knowing I am continually with you and I am already in your future, preparing the way before you. ~ Jesus Always.

Loved By Grace,


Life With A Ten Year Old Man

A madhouse run by a tiny arm you’ve created yourself…hashtag #MOTHERHOOD

Ladies, Momma’s, may the force be with us all. Lol!

Step by Step




The walk never fails knowing Jesus has ME! ❤️

Psalm 91:11 ~ For he will command his angels concerning you to protect you in all your ways.

Studying the book Song of Songs this week. Do you ever read something and think of a song or another part of scripture that reminds you of it? I know I do! The amazing thing about this book found in the Bible is the correlation of marital love as God intended to the kind of love Christ has for us. Therefore this kind of love modeled by Christ is the model for all of us. God did not intend anything less.

The weeping woman in Luke 7 understood the frailty of the human heart. Afterall, it was her life profession until that point. Until she encountered Jesus and she could not stop kissing Him. She took the step. I know this is a really hard thing to grasp when she had the benefit of seeing Jesus with her own eyes. But it doesn’t make Christ’s love for all of us any less strong than this woman of biblical time.

Luke 7:36-47 New International Version (NIV)

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii and the other fifty.  Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”


Loved By Grace,




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