Hey Y'all!

I am Texan, Jesus LOVER, Widow, Wife, Mother and Stepmother, Friend and one who loves deeply and who has a lot to share.

I wrote most of the content here during the most difficult season of my life, the sudden loss of my husband of 18 years, Pastor Todd Wortham in August of 2011. As God has proven so faithful, He has provided beauty from the ashes and 7 years later I am know remarried to my Boaz, Jeff Dayton, and we are now living in Charlotte, NC with our children. I hope to get back to writing and pick up where my story left off. Thank you for being patient while Live For More is a working out some kinks…more to come!


A Simple Thanks

For some reason today was a sad day for me not sure why exactly I guess just one of those days.   So after a good cry I decided instead of sitting in my pity and sadness that I would write and here's what came out.

  • I am thankful for God's constant love and presence in my life, without it I would not be able to make it!
  • I am thankful for God's word,  it is new every morning and helps keep me on the straight and right  path.  It fills my spiritual cup!  Last week I began waking at 5:30 am to spend an hour in my Bible and to pray before my kids wake up.  It has been an act of obedience but a sacrifice too as I LOVE to sleep in!!!
  • I am thankful for Jesus who died on the cross for my sins, so I can live a life that pleases Him.  I fail often but by His grace I am still righteous and keep going!
  • I am thankful for my health.  I am reminded daily by many who I love whose bodies are cancer ridden or have other illness with bodies that are failing them.  
  • I am thankful for my church, Wells Branch Community Church. I took a year away to heal my heart but came back to open arms and hearts and have never felt more at home. They are truly a people who are LIVING FOR MORE!
  • I am thankful for my family who love me unconditionally!  For my children who give me so many reasons to keep going and smiling as I do it!
  • I am thankful for my home, it is a bit big for just three of us but I continue to have the opportunity to use it as a place for ministry and is one of the biggest reasons I have stayed.
  • I am thankful for financial provision so that I have the great privilege to be a stay at home Mom, God has provided for all our needs above and beyond!
  • I am thankful to get to volunteer at the school and love on the precious kiddos there.
  • I am thankful for dear friends old and new who continue to walk life out with me, pray for me and just simply love me.
  • I am thankful for the many opportunities I have had to share my story, it is a calling and I do not take it lightly.
  • I am thankful that I get the incredible privilege to teach God's word to women in my community at Refresh Women's Bible Study, which began just three weeks ago.  I am thankful for each heart that is present and is learning to love God more.
  • I am thankful for answered prayer.  I marvel sometimes at just how God answers my prayers.
  • I am thankful for really small things like a great gym with amazing classes that motivate and encourage me to take care of my physical body.
  • I am thankful to live on a street with such great neighbors who have great kids that my kids have the opportunity to be outside playing with.
  • I am thankful for the forgiveness of my loving Father who even though I mess up again and again He always forgives me, always!!
  • I am thankful for second chances.
  • I am thankful that I have suffered and will continue.
  • I am thankful that when I am weak Jesus is strong.
  • I am thankful for new beginnings
  • I am thankful for the what is yet to come...

It has been 26 months since Todd was called home.  My life looks noticeabley different.  I have to be honest I still miss a lot of my "old life", some things are still hard, maybe they always will be. YET I am super excited about the things God is doing in my "new life."

If you are like me finding yourself in a sad, lonely or hard place today.  Will you write a list of thanks?  It really does help shift your focus.  I can dwell on what I don't have or what I have lost or I can choose to dwell on all that I have to be thankful for!  I was reminded of so many things I am thankful for as I wrote my list, too many too mention here.

What will you choose to focus on this month of  Thanksgiving?  I am challenging myself to be grateful for one new thing everyday but to not stop after the month is over.  I hope you will join me!  I have so much to be thankful for and when I focus on those things I can Live For More!


Thank you for reading and for giving me another reason to be thankful,



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