Thank you for stopping by. I’m so glad you’re here.

My name is Marcella. I’m a wife, mother, and, most importantly, a follower of Jesus, and I enjoy writing about all the aforementioned and then some.

My husband and I are both from the Midwest, but we love calling the South home. We met in college and married in 1999. We have three children (two sons and a daughter) and two Shih Tzus, Luke and Benji, who are really the family favorites.

I have loved words as long as I can remember. Words have the power to move us, to change us, to convict us, and to unite us. God spoke the world into being (Genesis 1), Jesus is called The Word (John 1:1), and the Bible, being God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:15-17), is God’s Word for us and equips us for every good work. Yes, words are important.

I love the way words string together forming sentences, creating paragraphs, and, ultimately, telling stories. I grew up an avid reader often staying up way too late in order to finish just one more chapter. I still love to read. Give me a good book and a hot cup of coffee and you’ll have one happy girl.

Of all the stories in the world, though, there is one that surpasses them all: that God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). That’s the story I’ve placed my faith in and that I want to share with others. It’s a story of incredible love.

Like most of us, I’ve known some really good times and some really hard times. Through it all, God has been writing my story…a story of grace and hope.

Paul said to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). I want my life to be all about Christ. What does that look like? Well, believe it or not, it doesn’t look perfect. We don’t place our faith in Christ and then never suffer again or fall ill again or sin again. Christianity isn’t a promise of wealth, health, opportunity, influence, notoriety, or comfort.

As C.S. Lewis said,

I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.

So, what is Christianity? It is the truth that God the Son took on human flesh (John 1:14) and became a tiny, helpless, vulnerable baby growing in the womb of a young virgin (Luke 1:26-38). Being fully God and fully man, He lived the perfect, sinless life you and I couldn’t, and then took our place on the cross, our sin upon Himself, and the punishment we deserved (2 Corinthians 5:21). Three days later, he defeated sin and death rising from the grave guaranteeing that all who place their faith in His finished work will also be raised to new life (1 Corinthians 15:12-20).

Jesus is the light of the world. Whoever follows him will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).

In Christ, our sins are forgiven, our relationships with God are restored, and we are brought out of the darkness and into the light. It is this light I hope to reflect here.

You have a story, too. Although I don’t know your story, I do know that God does. He made you, He knows you, and He loves you, and He is using the events of your life that you might come to know Him and His love for you in Christ Jesus and that you might grow deeper and deeper into that love.

I hope this will be a place where you will be challenged and encouraged. Thank you for visiting. Stop by any time.