Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

Today is the Day

IMG_4613Today is the day we take our oldest son to school and set up his dorm.       Continue reading “Today is the Day”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story, Prayer

What Happens When We Pray For Others

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Have you ever had one of those moments, those unexpected moments, where you were given a blessing you didn’t know you needed?

I had one of those moments a few days ago. Continue reading “What Happens When We Pray For Others”

My Publishing Journey, My Story

Northwestern Christian Writers Conference 2018: Confession. Repentance. Restoration. Blessing.

Disclaimer: This is a longer post and I didn’t edit it or anything. This is my raw accounting as I wrote it during the conference. I didn’t what to clean it up…I wanted it to be authentic. I wanted you to see how powerfully your prayers were answered.

NCWC 2018Have you ever had one of those events that at the end of it you feel wrung out and exhausted? Exhilarated and Excited? Refined and refreshed? And when the adrenaline wears off you slip into a vegetative state for a few days? That’s about the best I can do to explain the aftermath of the Northwestern Christian Writer’s Conference 2018.

What a ride! Continue reading “Northwestern Christian Writers Conference 2018: Confession. Repentance. Restoration. Blessing.”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Publishing Journey, My Story

IT’S TIME!! Would you commit to praying for and with me this week?

NCWC 2018

Hello, hello, hello!!

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th!

I had the privilege of being on vacation with family for the week. And I confess: I didn’t write anything new! However, I was busily editing my book proposal for this weekend’s Christian writer’s conference.

I feel like I’m back in school, and I have a term paper due!

However, I’m not ready to turn it in yet and my time is evaporating faster than raindrops on hot pavement. Don’t worry, I’ll have it done. And then, I’ll be back at it as soon as this weekend is over.

I have a stack of outlines for blog posts, pictures, and–squirrel…sorry. I was getting excited. Focus, Cheyenne.

This weekend.

The Writer’s Conference.

Continue reading “IT’S TIME!! Would you commit to praying for and with me this week?”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

The Devil’s Roller Coaster??

Warning: I purposely didn’t edit this post. I wanted it to be my raw thoughts and feelings as I wrestled with God this morning. I have a feeling if I polished it and made it read perfectly it would lose some of its authenticity. This is me at my most real.


This morning while eating breakfast, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a picture titled, “The Devil’s Rollercoaster.”

A terrifying contraption to be sure. Lots of peaks and valleys with little room on a peak to catch your breath before you plummet, head-first into the next depth. The valleys weren’t all that big either. But where the terror lies is in the laborious climb up and then the plunge straight down. And to keep things interesting there are plenty of jolting twists and turns to disorient you and make you forget which way you are going. Continue reading “The Devil’s Roller Coaster??”

Jesus in Everyday Life, Matthew, My 15 Minutes, My Story

My 15 Minutes: Matthew 1:18-19: Epitaphs, Legacy, and Joseph

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Have you ever wondered what your epitaph would be?

I’m not being morbid. I’m honestly curious.

Up until a few months ago, I didn’t give it much thought either.

What changed?

One of my heroes crossed the finish line into Heaven.

Okay, so that you know, I have not become preoccupied with death.

I’ve become preoccupied with LIFE! With LIVING LIFE WELL!

Continue reading “My 15 Minutes: Matthew 1:18-19: Epitaphs, Legacy, and Joseph”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

Graduation, New Normals, and Helping Loved Ones When It Hurts

Hello! Man alive, it’s been a while. I have missed you!

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For the last six weeks, I’ve been held captive by the vast and beautiful whirlwind that was our oldest son’s high school graduation.

For some, this may not seem like a big deal. It’s a “been-there-done-that” event. For you, it may not have been an all-consuming occasion. It was just another party—just bigger, with a lot more people and food and beverages, and, and, and.

For the rest of us—namely me—it’s a different story. Continue reading “Graduation, New Normals, and Helping Loved Ones When It Hurts”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story, Surrender to Jesus

Gutted by Fire

We don’t have to stay charred, burned out, gutted shells void of purpose and vitality!


This photograph stopped me in my tracks.

I couldn’t look away.

Every detail seared into my brain.

I didn’t even realize the effect it was having on me until silent tears splashed onto the back of my hands. Continue reading “Gutted by Fire”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

Run Your Race!

IMG_5766Isn’t vacation is supposed to be relaxing? Revitalizing? Refreshing?

IMG_0476(1)I just got home from vacation—a week in the Arizona sun. And once again I found myself seduced by the desert; mesmerized by the wide variety of cactus and other desert plants; and captivated by the landscape. But this time, I was challenged in ways I could never have predicted… Continue reading “Run Your Race!”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

January’s Lesson

Hebrews 4.13

The Vibrant Relevance of God’s Word nailed me last week! And I didn’t even feel the blow until later when it started to sting.

Continue reading “January’s Lesson”