Daring To Hope

Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors is a touching, heartfelt recollection of Katie’s struggle to trust God in the dark times of life. She writes,

“Reality would shatter my optimism, but I would realize that it was only a cheap substitute for true hope anyway. The Lord would take the darkness and make it my secret place, the place where I knew Him more intimately and deeply than I had ever fathomed possible.” (page 5)

Reading this book feels a lot like reading a well edited personal journal. You read the true stories with both happy and sad endings of Ugandans she served. At the same time, Katie does a beautiful job of including Scripture and connecting what God was teaching her to those Scriptures. It has so much truth in it that anyone who reads it would find something to inspire them. I would be very interested in reading Katie’s bestselling book from 2012, Kisses From Katie, after reading Daring to Hope.

Here are a few thoughts that I earmarked:

“As I’m tempted to wallow in guilt over all that I am not for my children, gently He reminds me that I was never meant to meet all their needs anyway. It isn’t me who can make up for all their losses and hurts. He reminds me that I cannot be what they need Him to be — Savior.” (page 43)

“To dwell in the place I have been given. To do the things I have been given. To love the people I have been given. This is not mysterious or far reaching, and yet this is the truth of a God-ordained life.” (page 98)

“The pain and the hurt are everywhere. But the joy and the hope that we find in our Savior? They are everywhere, too…. Our pain does not minimize His goodness to us, but in fact allows us to experience it in a whole new way.”  (page 138)

“I desire to enter fully into the joy He places before us and I desire to enter fully into the suffering He places before us because both can be His gifts to us. Both can be made beautiful.” (page 195)

I was encouraged to embrace interruptions in life, to not run away from hard things but to look for God in the middle of them, and to be faithful with what God gives me to do each day.

Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with this book for free to read and review.

P.S. If you’re a podcast listener, you can hear Katie on the Family Life Today podcast on December 19-21, 2017. Here’s a link to the December 20 broadcast here.


Sandhill Crane Migration

If you haven’t had a chance to observe the Sandhill Crane migration coming through Nebraska, change that this year – especially if you live in Nebraska. It’s a natural phenomenon that you won’t easily forget. I would recommend going to the Rowe Sanctuary. They have extremely informed volunteers and quality educational materials. If you can’t make it there, you could check out this crane cam or this collection of pictures, but it really won’t beat seeing them in real life.

People seriously come from all over the world to watch these birds migrate. You have from now until the first week in April, so start planning!

While you’re in the area, I would also highly recommend the K Town bakery in downtown Kearney, which happens to be in near other cute shops like The Rustic Patch.

I’ll stop with the recommendations for the moment, but be aware that a book recommendation is coming soon!

Hold You Over

I must follow up my last post by directing you to a reminder to better consider our blessings. It’s a quick read that will challenge you in a good way.

I’ve been trying to get an exciting calving post done, but life keeps happening. Here are a couple of animal pictures to hold you over.black white face calf

A fainting goat - just looking at him makes me chuckle

A fainting goat – just looking at him makes me chuckle.

Liza likes her earrings.

Liza likes her earrings.


4 kids

Having another child was a major step of faith for me. Three kids was far from easy. Call me crazy or tell me I’m making things up, but I felt very strongly like God wanted us to have another one. I’m guessing I’ve thought of all the selfish arguments that could be made as to the practicality of not having four children but being obedient seemed like the better option.


God has a perfect plan for him.

I had to come to grips with the truth that just because I do what I think God wants me to do doesn’t mean that He’s going to make it easy. I didn’t have a guarantee of an uncomplicated pregnancy or a baby without significant medical issues. This was actually my worst pregnancy (which still wasn’t that terrible considering what some women endure), Brad got SICK two and a half weeks after William was born, our third child is determined to always be the center of all attention, and our house and vehicle haven’t magically expanded; but we don’t regret our number four at all.

img_0791We’re a month into the four kids journey and have seen so many blessings. Parenting any number of children is a great daily reminder of how much you NEED God every moment. We have the guarantee that He will show up, and He definitely has.


When we were in the hospital waiting for William to be born, we had people text that they were praying for us and we hadn’t even told them we were at the hospital. We’ve been well taken care of with food, gifts, and extra help with taking care of kids and house work. God keeps showing up everyday.

Yes, she put a blue stamp on her forehead.

Yes, she put a blue stamp on her forehead.

Then there’s the bizarre events. Since having my fourth child, I’ve started making my bed and I’ve read three books. How does that even fit into the four kid equation?

More in 2017

2017 feels like it needs to be the year of “more” for us.

We know it will be the year of more farming. God has provided Brad with more land to rent. It is all unirrigated, which is positive in that he doesn’t have the daily work of pivot checking in the middle of the summer; but it means will be praying more for rain and for the price of corn to increase.

Brad also has more opportunities for spraying. That means when April hits I plan to be on my own with the kids at home. I’m thinking I’m going to need more help – mental help, physical help, personal chef help, spiritual help – you name it, I think I’ll need it. I either need to chill out and let go of expectations more or actually get help; or maybe what I’m anticipating won’t be that bad. Time will tell. Actually if you could pray about that for me and let me know what help for me is actually supposed to look like, I’d be appreciative.

While you’re at it if you could pray and let me know how we should go about getting more living space, I’d appreciate that too. We waffle between thinking we need to be content with what we have and thinking we are so crammed we can’t take it anymore! Today, I’m feeling we’re at the packed like sardines point and could get really excited if 2017 was the year we figured out what more living space is supposed to look like for us.

I’d like to say that 2017 means I will blog more, but if I have any more mental blocks like I just had for the last month I promise I won’t waste your time on posting just to post. I’d like to read more in 2017 and spend more time with friends, but I see I can’t let those things to trump my need to love my family more.

I definitely know I need 2017 to be more about worshipping our mighty God. I want to be intentional about living for Him more and less for myself. As a friend recently posted, “John 10:10. “Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but I [Jesus] have come to give you abundant life! Life to the full.” If I need anything in 2017, I need more abundant life.

How about you?