When It Still Hurts

I pull the covers up over my head and close my eyes tightly. My mind embraces a new day, but my heart rejects the new tomorrow because I know the things that made my heart feel heavy yesterday are still there.

I can still feel the heaviness, the worry, the waiting for things to work out. The things unknown cause anxiety. Questions and heartaches from a fresh new wave of trials make us want to go to sleep and dream again of a better tomorrow. A day when life is good again and our hearts don’t hurt so much. But when tomorrow comes and the heartache stays, how do we move through each day and live a life of power and peace with an unworried perspective?

It’s simple really.

Trust Him.

But it’s complicated.

These things in life that make us question, worry, and wait – they cause a heart to need something more. Oh we believe Jesus is able to deliver, and we know God is always with us, but in this trial, we struggle again to see Him.

So we look for Him through tear filled eyes and we desire the peace we’ve known before. We long for Him with hearts full of care and we desperately need His comfort.

We search for Him in His Word – the only tangible thing we have from Him – and there we find an abundance of treasure that provides for every longing we possess.

No matter what your life holds, and how hard it might seem, God’s word is the healing balm that our souls need.

It doesn’t mean we won’t hurt again, or that life will change and get better. It doesn’t mean every disease will be healed in this life or that justice will be seen in our generation.

It means we live empowered to press on with a strength only known by those who believe. It means we lift our quivering chin and trust that God will provide the peace again. It’s not something we might achieve one day – it’s who He is – Peace.

So when you’re in need, like we are, I can tell you what to do – Go to Jesus. Seek His face. Search for Him like a hidden treasure. I have the secret code, the hiding place of His love, and I know His power is divinely present and voice-activated by His children.

When you feel like pulling the covers up over your head another day, here are a few treasures to help you face the new tomorrow:

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Psalm 37:2

Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Psalm 119:114

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalm 121

Whatever your situation, whatever your care, God’s power is strong enough to carry you through. I pray you feel Him so very near today.

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Love & Blessings,


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Mom, Stay a Little Longer

The sink is overflowing with dishes and the floor is speckled with crumbs, but it’s time for dinner again. The easiest option is soup, so I stir and let it simmer until it’s ready. I reach in the drawer for spoons and open the cabinet for bowls, but I see the empty space where the spoons go and the blank shelf where the bowls normally reside.

I need to wash the dishes. They pile up so quickly. Faster than I can keep up. Isn’t that the way life happens sometimes? And then we go to reach for what we need and we find an emptiness, or a lack of.

After dinner we empty the sink only so we can fill it up again and wait for the dishwasher to run its course.

It’s comical some days, other days it makes me crazy. Sometimes I think I get it right and I walk around with my chest puffed up at the sight of an empty sink and full cabinets, other days I’m doomed with the disaster of chores undone, and I think I’ll never measure up.

When evening draws near, we do the routine and read, and pray, and hug, and kiss, and then I hear a voice call for me, “Mom, will you stay a little longer?”

Time is valuable and exhaustion is prevalent, but my heart tells me to stay. I crawl into the bed next to the child that fills up the sink day after day, and I listen to the words that flow from her developing mind.

“Mom, what’s your favorite thing to do?”

“I don’t know. What’s yours?”

“My favorite thing is spending time with you, Mom.”


Time. That’s all she wants.

And that’s what she will remember – the time we spend together.

The dishes will sit and have no remembrance of neglect, but children, they remember. They know when life is too busy. They are valuable, vulnerable, and the victims of the way we use our time.

So for this season, I will stay a little longer.

We are all so hard on ourselves. Either it’s the dishes, the laundry, the floor that needs to be mopped, the bathtub that needs scrubbed, the leaves that need raked, or the half done projects that sit in the garage waiting for a snowy day allowing a little more time. It’s the time we waste on Facebook, or Pinterest, and all the things that pull at our attention all day long. We want our children to have good memories so we try hard to make them.

So we buy stuff, plan things, and go places.

But what will they remember?

I don’t think it’s the gifts, the stuff, the sports, the activities, the dishes, or even if the laundry is clean or dirty.

They will remember the time. The time you took them on a special outing to spend the money they saved for weeks. The time you chose to listen when they had a broken heart. The time you patiently helped them through the struggles with their friends. The time you spent playing ball with them or riding the bike trail one more time. The time you raked leaves all day and let them jump in the piles. The time you stayed and talked at night when their little hearts poured out what they really thought. The time you let them play in the puddles and run in the rain. It’s not about a clean house, or a picture perfect memory – it’s about time.

“Mom, will you stay a little longer?”

Let’s do the dishes and get the kids to pitch in, but when it comes down to the end of the day and everyone is exhausted, let’s choose time over dishes. Let’s choose love over laundry. Let’s choose sweet goodnight talks over sweeping. Because all of the chores will be there tomorrow, but the time, we will never get back.

We don’t know what tomorrow brings, so let’s stay a little longer and linger in the sweet moments of I need you, I love you, and I’m with you. Because there will come a day when they are all grown up and the bedtime stories will end, the adorable things they say will change, and life will look a bit different.

For now, Mom, stay a little longer. It’s worth every moment!

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Love & Blessings,


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When Life is Overwhelming and Strength is Gone

Sometimes the struggles of life take us under and sweep us away into unknown depths we have never experienced.

You want to be strong, have faith, and smile through the storm, but tears, unknowns, and difficult scenarios bombard your mind faster than your faith can respond.

We all have those seasons. For some it’s the loss of a loved one who seemed to hold the family together, for others it’s separation in a relationship that has held on for years. Perhaps it’s the words of a doctor that swirl inside your heart until you cannot handle another word.

When life finally begins to unravel, it seems there’s no turning back. The downhill spiral feels impossible to reverse.

It’s hard to know what to do when you’re in this place. The normal things you want to enjoy feel more like an obligation than enjoyable, yet the days roll on and you desperately desire a moment of rest and relief.

When you wake up and the struggles of life still sit heavy on your chest, where do you turn? How do you move forward? And where do you find the strength to press on?

I know you expect the typical “Christian” answer – “Stand up and put one foot in front of the other.” But, what if I said, “Don’t get up”?

Sometimes when we try so hard to move on from the things that weigh us down, we really end up running away from reality. We don’t realize it until we are exhausted from fighting against everything that is happening in our lives.

Rather than running, let’s sit. Let’s rest. Let’s get on our knees and let God know we believe He is our only strength. As long as we try to fight this life in our own strength, we will buckle beneath the weight every time.

I’m not strong enough to walk through the trials of life alone and neither are you.

We don’t have to be strong enough.

When we realize our true strength, hope, and peace comes from Jesus, the load doesn’t change, but how we carry it does.

This doesn’t mean we are jolted to our feet with a smile plastered on our face through every up and down of life, but it gives us grace to walk, when we feel like we can’t take one more step. It gives us mercy to fall, when our strength is completely gone. It gives us comfort to cry, when our hearts physically hurt from the woes of this world.


Whatever you’re going through today, you don’t have to be strong enough. God moves mountains, speaks and the wind obeys, and He holds the power to strengthen your heart when it feels like every bit of strength you’ve ever held is gone.

Sometimes in the weakest moments of life is when you will experience God’s overwhelming power the most.

Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.
Psalm 61:1-3(ESV)

As long we continue in our own strength we will wrestle and worry. When we give way to God’s power, we will learn His ways and see His works. As we seek Him more, we will know Him more and find the strength we need.

If tears fall, let them. If your heart hurts, let God hear your need. If He doesn’t answer, stay put and listen. Don’t run. He is there when the winds are overpowering and water is rising, and He won’t leave when the conditions threaten to destroy everything normal.

He stays. He comforts. He gives peace and calms trembling hearts.

You are not alone in this life.

If you’ve experienced seasons of unknowns when it seemed your strength was gone but God sustained you, share it with us in the comments so others can be encouraged and inspired to rest when life brings unrest.

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Love & Blessings,


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When Life Changes With One Word – Cancer

When I looked at the September calendar every week was filled to the brim with events and activities. I braced myself for a busy month and stood at the starting line ready to run. Before the first week came to an end, my plans were altered, my heart was heavy, and everything normal had to be set aside.

When I got the call that confirmed my dad’s cancer, the weight of every letter of that word pounded deeply within my chest with a huge question mark at the end. C-A-N-C-E-R-?

My heart hurt. My stomach churned and I immediately felt helpless, weak, and unable to fix the problem.

We all have some type of struggle that leaves us filled with questions. Sometimes it’s the problems we can’t fix, the things that make us worry, or the dreaded words we fear the most – divorce, wayward child, job loss, sickness…

When hard times pile on top of you like heavy boulders and your spirit begins to feel crushed there is a place to find relief.


It doesn’t take away the problem, fix every difficult thing, or make life easy, but it carries us through the things we cannot sustain alone.

Cancer is a heavy load even though it’s everywhere and treatments are advanced. It’s heavy. It’s hard. And it hurts. But Jesus. He carries us every step of the way.

Last week my dad’s diagnosis was confirmed. This week he faces major surgery. And the week after that we have no idea what the outcome will be, but we do know this – Jesus is more powerful than it all.

If you feel burdened, loaded down by a life filled with heaviness, let Jesus carry you moment by moment, day by day.

I know it sounds so simple when someone who isn’t facing your problem tells you to have faith, but I’m learning when I surrender my heavy burden I hear from heaven and my load is lifted. Your’s can be lifted too.

We don’t walk through trials alone, God is with us. We don’t cry in solitude, Jesus feels our deepest heartache. We don’t curse God’s name for this unwanted diagnosis, but rather we learn to cherish the gift of desperation that draws us closer to His heart and makes us tune our heart and ear to His voice.

What can you do when you face the unknown difficult parts of life? Get close to Jesus and let Him soothe your unraveled emotions, comfort your concerns, and strengthen your deepest desires for faith.

by Micah Maddox
October 1, 2016

Though sickness looms
And we feel fear
Jesus is with us
He sees every tear

No matter the pain
Or what we go through
God is with us
He will be with you too

When I fear the worst
And can’t see ahead
I’ll trust in God
And lift my head

There is no rain
Or storm too strong
My Lord is mighty
His patience is long

I’ll trust in Him
Come darkness or light
Faith will carry us
Through every night

When fear overcomes
And faith seems still
I’ll stay with Jesus
His presence is real

He comforts my heart
And gives me peace
He calms the unknown
His love will not cease

He is with me today
His promise is true
Have faith in your heart
He will be with you too

Would you join our family in prayer for my dad, Clay Potter?

If you have a family member or friend with cancer, please share their name here on the blog or on my Facebook Page and let us join you in prayer too! Jesus hears our prayers!

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Love & Blessings,


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It’s Time For a GIVEAWAY!

I love sharing with you ways that we can make a difference in our community and around the world. And I love giving away beautiful things that come from companies that are investing in helping others come to Christ.

Kibera June 2016

I’m so excited to share with you a simple, fun way you can impact families, communities and the future of men, women, and children in remote African villages.

This week I am giving away a beautiful handmade necklace made by one of the artisans of this lovely company Karama!

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is follow the prompt at the end of this post!


Also from now through the September 30th receive 15% off all Karama products by entering this coupon code: MADDOX16SS


You can read more about Karama and view the other amazing handmade products HERE. Every purchase will impact the lives of youth in Africa through Young Life Camps.

It’s not just about helping people get jobs and earn a living. It’s about giving them the gospel that will change their life for eternity! That’s what I LOVE about Karama!

Morine and Dyan June 2016
“Karama began in 2006 with a single artisan partner in Ethiopia and has since expanded to 27 artisan partners in 6 countries, affecting over 2,400 artisans and their families.”

A message from Karama:

“In a small tin shack in Africa’s largest urban slums, young men and women recycle metals to form beautiful jewelry. In doing so, they learn job skills, put food on their tables, and pay for public school fees for their children.

Each piece is handmade in Kibera, where most citizens live on less than $1 per day. Unemployment level is 50% and HIV positive rates are exceptionally high. Clean water is scarce, leading to incredibly unsanitary conditions and illness.

Artisans pour themselves into beautiful craftsmanship, designing, hand-molding, hammering and polishing each piece. This group’s motto, “Let the works of our hands speak for us”, is a perfect illustration of their dedication to hard work.

From this work, artisans earn fair wages to support their families. The local economy is boosted by the additional income. Proceeds from Karama sales benefit not only African small businesses, but also Young LIfe Africa, a ministry to African teens.

Every purchase shares dignity with artisans, and every wearing allows you to share your impact with the world.”


Complete one or ALL of these options to enter! For every option you complete your name will be entered into the giveaway!


1. Click on any of the options in the box below and follow the prompts. Once you do, you will be entered.
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I will announce the winner on Friday on Facebook and right here on the blog!

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Love & Blessings,