Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Author: Nikole McElroy

I’ve Got The … January Blues

I’ve Got The … January Blues

Every year after Christmas, I get the blues. Some years are harder than others, but every January for almost twenty years I have felt that way. Some years the feeling goes away quickly and in other years it will take a couple of months. (This […]

New Year’s Nanaimo Bar Recipe

New Year’s Nanaimo Bar Recipe

My husband’s family originally hail from British Colombia, Canada. Every year, his mom would make these yummy bars called Nanaimo bars. They are named for a town in British Columbia and every time I make these bars for parties and potlucks, I come home with […]

I Am Blessed

I Am Blessed

Last week, we read how Mary was preparing her heart for the birth of Jesus. Lovingly tucked inside that story is a picture of two women at different stages in their lives and yet experiencing the same miracle. Elizabeth. Luke chapter 1 tells us that […]

Surprises and seasons

Surprises and seasons

It was a season that I’ve been in several times since getting married and having children. Perhaps you’ve had them too: a season that includes a great deal of change and a great deal of surprise. We were in the process of buying our first […]

Denial in Aisle 4

Denial in Aisle 4

There is this rack right by the pharmacy counter that I’ve been sneaking glances at for months. Convincing myself that I am too busy to stop – and that mothers of 5-year-olds don’t wear such things – I denied the possibility that I might need […]

Real Housewives Wear Purple

Real Housewives Wear Purple

My DVR needs some cleaning out. Between The Great British Baking Show, Call the Midwife, and the latest cartoon episode of Miles From Tomorrowland, we have built up a store of past episodes that we need to clear out for football season. Or not. We […]

The Carnival

The Carnival

The entire kitchen island was turned into a masterpiece that any five year-old would love. My daughter recently attended a back-to-school carnival and was inspired to recreate it using markers, cups, glasses, glue, several pairs of shoes, pens, fidget spinners, loose change, stuffed toys, scissors, […]