• 2 Important Questions to Ask Before It’s Too Late

    Hi Friends! It has been almost two weeks since this column was published in the Free Lance-Star, but what a busy two weeks it has been!

    My husband was out of town and it seemed like I just couldn’t find a few moments to sit down with my computer to type this post. But I didn’t want to skip sharing this one with you because I believe it is an important message that we all need to hear (I know I need to be reminded of these truths again and again and again).

    The death of actor Luke Perry caused me to examine the path I am on in my own life and ask if that path will lead me to where I ultimately want to be. You can read that Saying Grace column here.

    Luke Perry gained fame for his role of Dylan McKay on the hit 1990s show Beverly Hills 90210.

    You can expect another post from me this Saturday morning. And then next week I have some exciting announcements to share with you! Well, I think they are exciting! Hopefully, you will too.

    Until then . . .


  • Breaking the Generational Curse

    In this week’s Saying Grace column in Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star, I shared my heart in regards to the death of my great uncle, a man I was never given the chance to know because of the life choices of my grandfather, Kenneth, also a man I never knew.

    You can read that column here.

    My grandfather, Kenneth, was essentially absent from my father’s life by the time he met my mother and was completely gone by the time I was born. In a sense, I am glad I never knew him because he wasn’t much of a man.

    Kenneth Metzger, my grandfather

    But that doesn’t change the fact that I feel an incredible sense of loss when I think of what might have been. The lives of so many people would be different today if one man had chosen to follow the path of righteousness instead of the path of destruction.

    I pray that this fact always serves as a reminder that we are not an island. The choices we make ripple out like waves when a pebble is dropped in the still waters of a pond for generations to come.

    That is why I daily declare, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

  • My High-Risk Pregnancy Story

    “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your heart.”

    ——Winnie the Pooh

    In response to the recent late-term abortion bill that was passed in New York, I heard many well-meaning, but misinformed people claiming that this legislation was intended to protect the health of the mother.

    As one of those mothers, I decided to try to set the record straight and share my experience of living through a high-risk pregnancy. That post got shared more times and was seen by more people than anything else I have ever written on social media.

    My Little Miss NICU

    In this week’s Free Lance-Star column, I expanded upon that post in the hopes that our story would touch hearts and change minds. The fact is, there is never a need to abort a viable fetus to protect the medical health of the mother.

    “A persons a person, no matter how small.”

    —–Dr. Seuus

    You can click here to read my story.

    Several weeks ago I offered a set a free Scripture printables to my readers. It is not too late to download your set to display in your home.

    Click here to download your art prints.

    PS – I am currently scheduling engagements for 2019. I would love to chat with you about the possibility of speaking at your church or ministry event. Send me a short message and I will be in touch shortly.

  • What I Learned from an Old Cast Iron Pan

    In a recent Free Lance-Star column, I shared what I learned about caring for my soul from an old cast iron pan.

    You can read that Saying Grace column here.

    I love how God can use seemingly mundane things to teach us profound lessons. All we need to do is approach life with an open heart and mind.

    As a lover of all things vintage, I decided to give cast iron cookware a try. As I shared in my column, there was definitely a learning curve. But I will never purchase another non-stick pan, as you just cannot beat a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.

    Do you have an old cast iron pan that you’re not sure how to care for? Looking to eliminate your non-stick cookware and the chemicals they spew into your home?

    Here are a few tips that I have learned:

    1. If your pan has lost its seasoning or is covered in gunk and rust, it’s time to start over. The best way to do this is to run it through your oven’s self-clean cycle.
    2. Once you are down to the bare surface, it is time to season your pan. You can use any vegetable oil for this process, but flaxseed oil will give you the most durable coating.
    3. Using a paper towel, rub your pan down with a small amount of oil. Use a second paper towel to remove the excess. This will prevent your pan from developing a sticky surface.
    4. Place your pan upside down in a 350-degree oven (500-degrees if using flaxseed oil) for one hour.
    5. Let your pan cool in your oven for 30 minutes before removing. Be very careful as the handle will be hot.
    6. Repeat steps 3-5 five more times. Your pan will develop a beautiful, shiny, satin-like surface.

    Once your pan is seasoned, follow these steps to keep it in tip top shape.

    1. Always coat your pan with a small amount of oil and preheat before use.
    2. When finished cooking, allow your pan to cool slightly before rinsing with hot water. Never use soap or harsh abrasives on your pan. It will remove the seasoning.
    3. Water is your pan’s enemy, so it is important to make sure it is dry before storing. Put your pan back on the burner over medium heat to remove any moisture.
    4. Once it is dry, coat the pan with a thin layer of oil and allow it to sit over the heat for a few minutes before turning the burner off and allowing it to cool completely.
    5. Place a paper towel between pans when nesting them for storage.

    All of the above may seem like a lot of hard work for a piece of cookware, especially in our have-everything-done-fast-microwave-society. But most good things in life, the things that bring the most rewards, take time to cultivate.

    I would love to hear from you? Do you have a favorite cast iron pan passed down from grandma? Any tips and tricks for using cast iron that I missed? Has God ever used something seemingly insignificant to teach you a profound spiritual lesson?

    PS – I am currently scheduling engagements for 2019. I would love to chat with you about the possibility of speaking at your church or ministry event. Use the form linked above to start the conversation. I look forward to hearing from you!

  • How Should A Christian Tidy Up?

    In this week’s Free Lance-Star column I shared my thoughts on Netflix’s new television series “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo.

    You can read that column by visiting the Free Lance-Star website. The free printables I mentioned at the end of the column can be found at the bottom of this page.

    Full disclosure, I am one of the last people you should be taking advice from when it comes to decluttering your house. I tend to fall into the category of people who can’t let go of things that have sentimental value or that I think I might be of use some day. I have the stuffed animal collection and fabric stash to prove it.

    UFOs (UnFinished Objects)? Yep, I have those too. I love to start craft projects, but as a process person, I tend to not care if I ever finish them. But I have every intention of doing so, someday. That includes the unicorn latch hook rug that I started when I was seven years old.

    But, I have begun to realize that not only does my home have limited storage capacity, my mind has a finite capacity to deal with the mental clutter caused by too much stuff.

    So, while I may not agree with all of Kondo’s methods and motivations, I definitely agree that there is a freedom to be found in the letting go.

    Just don’t tell that to the half stitched unicorn living in a box in my garage.

    I love putting Scripture verses up around my house to remind me of the truths the Lord is teaching me. I created these for my own use, but thought you might enjoy using them, as well. Let me know what you think!

    PS – I am currently scheduling engagements for 2019. I would love to chat with you about the possibility of speaking at your church or ministry event. Use the form linked above to start the conversation. I look forward to hearing from you!

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