Welcome to a place of hope and healing. This is a site where our diverse stories meet, a place where hope is offered and we are able to find enough courage to go one more step for one more day. None of stories are the same, our brokenness is as unique as we are, but our suffering is similar. As broken people we each deal with doubt and insecurity, pain and bitterness, and the fear of an unpredicted future.

My prayer is that you will find the encouragement you need to take hold of hope and believe God has plans for you. I want you to renew your trust in God… to dream again… to imagine a future… and to walk with purpose. That is the reason I write. It is why I wrote I Was Broken, Too.

I didn’t want to write my story, but I wrote it for you, my fellow travelers on the road of suffering. So many times I wanted to quit and hide my pain from unknown eyes, but you urged me on. The belief that my journey could help others who are broken propelled me. I Was Broken, Too is my arm around your shoulder. 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace. Romans 15:13a


Recent Posts

What I Like about Summer

Thursday, June 23, 2022
By Barbara

The Lighter Side Each season I blog about what I love during that time of year. I always feel disingenuous when I proclaim, “I love summer,” because I don’t. Yet, there are things I do like about summer, so here’s my more honest assessment of summer’s blessings. Watermelon—red and ripe, juicy and drippy, sweet and refreshing.  Ice cream cones—I know, there is no off-season for this creamy treat but it’s especially good in summer, particularly...read more


Thursday, June 16, 2022
By Barbara

The Lighter Side They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green. Psalm 92:14 Today is my husband’s last full day of work. He entered the work world delivering newspapers when he was only nine and ended as a care pastor looking at 75. We’ve talked a lot about what it looks like to retire. Mirriam-Webster defines it this way:   1: to withdraw from action or danger  2: to withdraw especially for privacy 3: to move back 4: to withdraw...read more

Pause to Ponder your Body

Thursday, June 9, 2022
By Barbara

Pause & Ponder, #8, final For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:13, 15-17 Every vein was perfectly...read more