Destiny In Bloom

One of Those Women

One of Those Women

posted on January 21st, 2013 / by Kerrie Oles / 26 Comments

I knew in an instant I was one of those women. If you live long enough suppressing and pretending something never happened, you can almost lull yourself into believing it. That’s exactly where I was all those years ago. What was supposed to be an evening of friends, laughter, and game playing quickly became a night I knew "something" was not right with me. I just didn't have the tools back then to get help or even know where to go to get it for that matter. There were many new things in my life at that time. I had just had my first child, moved to a new neighborhood, was in my first home, and was beginning in a new church. Let me clarify that last bit: it was the very FIRST church I ...

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How the Legacy Began

How the Legacy Began

posted on September 3rd, 2012 / by Kerrie Oles / 6 Comments

"You mean, you just stopped in to say thank you?" Slowly, the modest, elderly gentlemen's eyes filled with tears. "No one has ever done that." This day started out Iike any other, but in a moment, became a day we would not soon forget. In a small house converted to a church, we stood with the man that had essentially changed all of our lives. On this day, I believed we changed his. Colorado Springs was much prettier than I expected, but due to the forest fires, it was hotter than I would have liked. I was about to see that no matter what the temperature, nothing was going to stop my husband from doing what he heard God tell him to do. "I feel like we need to drop by their ...

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Best of DIB: Run Away Bride

Best of DIB: Run Away Bride

posted on July 2nd, 2012 / by Kerrie Oles / No Comments. Be The First!

Have you ever run from something so hard, only to find yourself running right into it? Well, I’d been running a long time. But it wasn’t until I was doing another lap around “Reject Street,” that I swiftly intersected “Relationship Way.” Yes, it was the day I was doing the one hundred yard dash, and God grabbed me and hasn’t let me go. As I was pondering what to write, my husband and I rented a movie with my favorite actress of all time, “Runaway Bride,” starring Julia Roberts. The whole movie is a great romantic comedy about a bride who is supposed to walk down the aisle, pledge to love, honor and submit fully to her husband, kiss her groom and say I do; yet throughout ...

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Getting To the Biscuits

Getting To the Biscuits

posted on February 20th, 2012 / by Kerrie Oles / 28 Comments

Every street became a dead end. It was the first week of school after the holidays. I had been up an hour and I already wanted the day to be over. It was emphatically, one of those days. My sweet, blue eyed son, Cameron, was crying in the backseat. "Mommy, I'm going to miss the biscuits." With construction on every corner around my neighborhood my headache worsened, and we were very late to school. Today– was no ordinary day. My second grader was going to watch biscuits rise in the oven, and hear about how Jesus rose for us as well. Stuck in traffic, all I could think was; I wanted Jesus to rise me above the traffic and land us at school on time. We were clearly going to miss the ...

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The Secure Voice

The Secure Voice

posted on December 2nd, 2011 / by Kerrie Oles / 22 Comments

“They called me a ‘fail lover’, mommy.” Now, I certainly didn’t know what that meant, but I did know this: they’d better not be calling my boy that. Apparently, the bullying had been going on for quite a while. There were other adjectives used to describe him, but I will stop with “fail-lover”. Mothers everywhere describe their sons as sweet, quiet, and docile, but Caleb really is! He has one of the most genuine hearts I have ever seen, and I usually ask God, “How is it that I get to be his mom?” He loves the underdog, and the underdog he made friends with was a boy who was made fun of all the time, and was called a “fail” quite often. Due to their friendship, ...

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When Life Leaves You Fractured

When Life Leaves You Fractured

posted on October 24th, 2011 / by Kerrie Oles / 14 Comments

It was one of those moments. You know, the kind where you can’t feel the lower half of your body. A young boy walked up and said, “Are you Cameron’s mom?” The way he said it ... my motherly instinct knew he wasn’t asking because he was curious. Something was wrong. “Follow me,” he ordered, his voice elevated. As our walk slowly turned into a run, the other moms followed. When a child is hurt, a sudden hush comes over a crowd of moms talking, and a sense of uneasiness sets in. As we followed, a man rushed towards us with my crying child in his arms. “He fell from the top of the slide, it could have been so bad!” he shouted. This man was an angel--he was a ...

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“Are we there yet?”

“Are we there yet?”

posted on August 12th, 2011 / by Kerrie Oles / 10 Comments

We’re all doing it. It’s that time of year when we pack everything but the kitchen sink and take a road trip, in hopes of experiencing the best vacation journey yet. It’s true. We plan for months, go through the craziness of strategically placing every item in the car, pull away from the driveway, only to hear the fateful question, “Are we there yet?” from the back seat. My husband loves to road trip. He enjoys the whole journey. On a recent trip, he enjoyed stopping at every historical marker between Dallas and Colorado and even took an interest in all the “nice” rest stops. My boys, however, only asked the question one million times. My seven year old even let me know it ...

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Expecting Superman

Expecting Superman

posted on July 8th, 2011 / by Kerrie Oles / 21 Comments

Superman could leap tall buildings with a single bound, stop a speeding locomotive and rescue Lois Lane from all her misfortunes. At least that’s the way the movies showed it when we got our popcorn and chose the perfect seat. If he didn’t or couldn’t do all that we were expecting, how disappointed would we have been? Expectation means to anticipate something happening. Once we have an expectation of something, nothing else compares. As children we were taught that if we asked for a certain Christmas present, we would get it. On Christmas day if it turned out that we didn’t get everything on our list, we were inevitably saddened, all because of our expectations. We can be aware ...

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Fighting for Purpose

Fighting for Purpose

posted on March 25th, 2011 / by Kerrie Oles / 21 Comments

I had no idea that I was in a room full of warriors. Warriors fight. They were victims of human trafficking; sounds like words from a CSI television episode, doesn’t it? Well, unfortunately, it’s not just on television- it is real. While on a mission trip I had the privilege and honor to be in a room full of women who had been rescued from the world of trafficking. I have heard numerous testimonies in my life; however, none have left me with such emotion as hearing these women. I was and am forever changed. Listening to their rescue scenarios, I was struck by their amazing bravery, how they made daring attempts, and how they cried out from the depths of their souls to be ...

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

His Eye is on the Sparrow

posted on January 7th, 2011 / by Kerrie Oles / 33 Comments

Five… Four… Three… Two… One... the clock chimed midnight and it became 2011, just like that!  Thanksgiving is over, Christmas decorations repacked and stored in the attic for another year, and it’s time to do it all over again.  Going into a new year, it seems an age old pattern resumes.  We begin to reflect on the year that just past, review and grade ourselves on all that we did or didn’t do, and then of course, resolve what we’re going to do for this year! As I read the top ten resolutions for 2011, which include losing weight and saving money, I was quite discouraged because those don’t sound too appealing. :)  So, I pondered on what it is that I resolve to do.  ...

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