Helpful and encouraging thoughts, stories, and home tips from seasoned Mom, Kim Skinner.

Shepherd’s Touch Calms Emotions

kipEmotions can make you crazy. I have often wanted to have a more stable personality, but I’m high and low. My dear husband is so steady that sometimes I need to take his pulse to find out if he is still alive.

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Hospitals Make You Think


I spent several hours in the hospital today. Although I have gone through a fairly minor surgery on my sinuses, persistent nausea and vomiting has depleted me and caused a certain degree of self-pity. Today, I looked around and saw so many suffering people in the same room with me. I saw the emaciated faces of  bald women who stared blankly ahead. I witnessed the stooped posture of a trembling man as he was pushed in a wheelchair. Some people would lean together into the close warmth and familiarity provided by their family members. Some seemed to be completely alone.

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A Cowardly Sheep: How to Live Courageously

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I hate to admit it, but I am a coward in so many ways. I don’t like to get on the phone and make calls. I’m afraid of many things associated with mingling in social settings. I’m afraid of being seen in public when I’m in a bad mood. I’m afraid of getting old and losing my mind. Maybe it’s already begun!

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Real Courage and Facing Death


Edith Corse Evans will forever be remembered as one who gave up her seat on a Titanic life-raft for a young mother. It has caused me to seriously think about my true convictions and in what I tend to trust.

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Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Sheep? My Insecurity and Doubt!


I’m not usually frightened at football games. In fact most of the time, if I am actually seated in the bleachers, I spend hours looking at people, the dancers, and the cheerleaders.

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How to Cope With Infertility Pain

As the mother of five, you may not believe that I went through years of infertility pain. I did and truly understand that agony if you are experiencing this now. Be encouraged and comforted to find that other women have suffered as you.

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Healing Marital Problems: Wooly Wisdom for Marriages

Scan 110100002When the most intimate and vital of all human relationships experiences disfunction, the pain can be unbearable. The good news is that marriage is important to God, the Shepherd of the sheep, and He can heal the most terminally afflicted union.

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Substance Abuse

Although men are more likely than women to become addicts, women develop physical and social consequences faster than men. It’s more difficult for women to quit and easier to relapse. Most treatment programs were developed based on research in men. We, women, need to walk with other women through recovery. Read more

Eating Disorders

I never have liked skinny people. As a chunky child and a chubby-cheeked full-figured teenager I went to food for comfort. But… why couldn’t I just be skinny?

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Words are powerful. They can sting for decades, distract from reality, or bring clarity and renewed vigor. My words are intended to bring women together. They are intended to let you in and bring your best out.

Mine is a story of wanting to be understood and still fearing disclosure. In the workplace, as a young wife and mother, I wrestled to find balance and often failed. My stories are intended to let you know that you are not alone. Read more