Tea Party Tidbits #8 – Dangerous Safety: Is It Worth It?

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

I’ve recently grappled with the definition of safety: mine vs God’s. And it makes me really uneasy when I consider how dangerous real safety might be. I mean, I know the story of what happened to Jesus and he’s the one I’m claiming to follow. Where exactly are we going, God? Being free from fear Read More

Continuing Life One Courageous, Common Day at a Time

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill My garden is doing this with or without me. If you are a real gardener, I imagine you might scoff at my garden plot. It’s not impressive – just a small strip of malnourished dirt that Read More

How to Deal with Paralyzing Fears

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

Fear ensures I am a constant work in progress. I’d rather be a looker upper than a fixer upper, but I’m afraid I’m both. (Like how I used “afraid” there? You can groan now.) I haven’t trusted God perfectly, but thankfully, that qualifies me to be a recipient of perfect grace. I’m so grateful Jesus Read More

Day 30 – Love Jesus & Get Stoned

I woke up with a sense of dread carried over from the previous day. It hung over me like Eeyore’s rain cloud. As I lay in bed, not wanting to get up, all I could think was I’m stuck. Stuck in fear. Staying in bed was a dead end. I had to have enough faith to walk out the bedroom door and live this day. Wasn’t that the lesson God taught me…

Part 2: A Letter to My Younger Self

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

Click to read Part 1: What I (Don’t) Want to Be When I Grow Up Dear Younger Me, You know those non-dreams you so courageously penned in your Bible? The ones you’re petrified someone will see? You’re not less than; you rock! It’s ok not to care about careers. (It’s also ok TO care about Read More

What I (Don’t) Want to Be When I Grow Up – Part 1

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

I always hated the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I felt ashamed; I blushed, stammered. Choked out something I thought might pass for non-fiction. (Which made me feel worse since I knew lying was wrong.) The truth? I didn’t want to be anything; I had no ambitions. How do Read More

Expect Attacks, but Also Expect Victories!

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

For anyone who’s ever defaulted to a straitjacket of fear – reading about Jesus telling his followers they will have trouble can be enough to drive us to hide quivering behind locked doors. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have Read More

We Never Lose; We Win or We Learn

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

Life is a lot like playing Angry Birds. We’re supposed to be actively involved in our advancing through life’s levels as we’re told to, “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12) And I believe God wants us to take risks and be fearless ,even in the face of mistakes. I Read More