Category Archives: Encouragement

Feeling Stuck? 5 Ways to Get Un Stuck

We built our house almost 20 years ago! (Where has the time gone?) When I say we built it, I mean literally. We hired a contractor to dry it in, then we took over. It took us months. We moved in with bare floors and no window stills. We really enjoy working together, so it […]

What do you do with broken things?

What do YOU do with broken things? It depends on whether you are a perfectionist or a re-purposer. Can I explain what I mean with a story? Do you know that everything taste better in a pretty dish? (I can hear my male readers groan, but please stay with me. I’m headed somewhere. I’m going […]

How to never get so satisfied that you stop reaching for more

I’m not satisfied with my weight right now, so when my friend challenged me to lose 5 lbs with her this month I eagerly accepted. I’m working on it! I’m eating right and exercising everyday.   But, there’s a major challenge to getting that weight off. It’s birthday month in the Holland house. Both of […]

2 Really Great Reasons You Should Be Filled With Hope

Maybe is should seem obvious, but sometimes it’s not. That hope filled glow can be seen on children’s faces and in nature’s majestic artistry. Sometimes we see through eyes that are strained with drudgery, pain and struggles. It’s in those times that we need to be filled with hope. And it is in those times […]

Fathers Rename Your Children

I cannot begin to grasp the emotions that filled that space when Rachel uttered her last words. Another son…but one that she would never hold…never cradle in her arms…or kiss it’s sweet cheeks…so mustering her last ebb of strength she uttered the baby’s name Ben-oni. And it was true…he was the son of her sorrow. […]

Without Faith It is Impossible to Please God!

“And without faith it is impossible to please God,” My mind seems to always stop there as if the comma were a period. It’s just that the thought of pleasing God is such a delightful thought! It is hard for me to imagine that MY faith actually pleases God…but, then there’s the alarming realization that […]

How to Find Stability When Life is Crazy

Stability? Is it possible for you to experience it with all the shifts and changes that are going on around you? We are a mobile society. People are constantly uprooting and moving to new places. Divorce. Job changes. a new boss…a new career..companies closing…opportunities that dry up… Life changes…growing older…getting married… Change happens and it […]