Jesus in Everyday Life, Thankfulness

How Have Your Blessings Changed the Trajectory of Your Life?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYRgB26rPIs “What are you thankful for?” In the weeks and days leading up to Thanksgiving, I’m usually asked this question more times than I can count. However, this year, I haven’t been asked this question once. And it makes me wonder why. Are we too immersed in the dailiness of our lives to stop and… Continue reading How Have Your Blessings Changed the Trajectory of Your Life?

Jesus in Everyday Life, Trusting God

When Transition Becomes Transformation

Growth means changeAnd change involves risk,Stepping from the known to the unknown.~ Author unknown Few things are as disquieting as transition. Even when the transition is exciting, beautiful, and joyful—such as a graduation, marriage, or a new job—it’s still hard, unsettling, and messy. Why is that? If you read my last post, A Graduation (Times… Continue reading When Transition Becomes Transformation

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A Graduation (Times Four). A Wedding. And a Mama’s Heart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcNB_EUao8 You’re not going to believe where I’ve been these last few weeks! Actually, I can’t believe where I’ve been. Some major changes have taken place in the Olson household this month.Changes that were known, planned for, and anticipated.Changes rocked my world in profound ways…and, yet, my joy knows no bounds. So pull up a… Continue reading A Graduation (Times Four). A Wedding. And a Mama’s Heart.

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Poem: I Don’t Like Who I’ve Become

This is a poem I wrote during my Valley experience while God had me in Deuteronomy. I don't typically share my poetry because it reveals my rawest self. But in this case He changed my mind--again. I pray this one encourages you or maybe helps you put your feelings into words. 💜 Jesus, I come… Continue reading Poem: I Don’t Like Who I’ve Become

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Lessons from Deuteronomy 1: You Mean EVERYTHING?

When God says everything. He means EVERYTHING! As soon as I started studying Deuteronomy 1, verses 3b and 5b caught and held my attention—the word “everything” radiating from the page. Curious, I went to my lexical aides to see if there was more to these verses in Hebrew. There wasn’t. What’s stated in our English… Continue reading Lessons from Deuteronomy 1: You Mean EVERYTHING?

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Lessons from Deuteronomy 1: How 11 days became 40 years

When I started sharing the story of my wilderness season, it didn’t occur to me to share what God taught me during my 5-6 month stint in Deuteronomy 1—my transition from the valley to the wilderness. But then a friend changed my mind. Exasperated she said, “You don’t know who needs to hear what God… Continue reading Lessons from Deuteronomy 1: How 11 days became 40 years

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The Long Road Back: The Isolation. The Dialogue. The Group.

The Isolation Did you notice the longer you were in the valley, the more you lost sense of time? Don’t get me wrong, you knew the days were passing. You knew the date and time. But you lost sense of the duration of your time in the valley. That’s how it was for me. At… Continue reading The Long Road Back: The Isolation. The Dialogue. The Group.

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Publishing Journey, My Story, Trusting God, When it hurts, Wilderness Seasons, Your Purpose

The Long Road Back: How Would You Respond?

I thought I was doing God’s will God’s way. But I was wrong. What I was doing was God’s will my way. And, as I was about to learn, there’s a difference. Quick Rewind. When I first embarked on this God-given adventure called writing in November 2015, I had absolutely NO IDEA what I was… Continue reading The Long Road Back: How Would You Respond?

Jesus in Everyday Life, When it hurts, Wilderness Seasons

A Long Road Back: Are You a Wanderer?

Think back to your last wilderness experience. (Or your current one) How did you get there? What were the circumstances that led you into the wilderness? What “territory” did you cover while you ‘wandered’ with your Savior? What did Jesus teach you and how did you grow while in your season of isolation? Keep your… Continue reading A Long Road Back: Are You a Wanderer?

Encouragement, Healing, Jesus in Everyday Life, Surrender to Jesus, Trusting God, When it hurts

Why is Scar Tissue so Tender?

On my right pinky finger I have a bright white scar from a deep cut caused by an accident with a whittling knife over 30 years ago. That cut was glued and taped up and has long since healed. I have the thin bright white scar to prove it. But when I bump that scar… Continue reading Why is Scar Tissue so Tender?