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Twenty Questions with a Stranger

Twenty questions with a stranger

Family, ministry, parenting, serving, Uncategorized

Lessons from a People Mover

It's funny what kids remember. "Mama, remember the time when we sat next to the elevator and ate a cookie?" My son smiled as he repeated the story. He must have been four or five when we took that afternoon outing to the mall. We started out at the play place, then headed to the… Continue reading Lessons from a People Mover

Family, grace, growing in Christ, hope, knowing God, parenting, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Walking by Faith

Taming the Tongue

Sometimes I just can’t control my tongue. It was not a good day. For whatever reason, we were just off. I was irritable and impatient. I found myself correcting every little infraction, every childish noise. The more I corrected, the more frustrated I became. And the more my kids acted up. After snapping at one of my children, I… Continue reading Taming the Tongue

abiding in Christ, freedom, grace, knowing God, rest, serving, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Walking by Faith

Grace, and Why It’s Amazing

What comes to mind when you hear the word grace? Do you think of a formal church service? Maybe a girl’s name? If asked to define it, what would you say? Those who grew up in Sunday School might remember the acronym: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Maybe you’ve heard some other catchy definition. Maybe you… Continue reading Grace, and Why It’s Amazing

Christmas, Uncategorized

An Untidy Christmas

Maybe it’s an echo of Eden or a yearning for things to come, this drive I have for perfection. I long for things to be just so, for everything to fit in neat and tidy boxes, for the day to go as planned and all our stuff (aka clutter) to stay neatly organized. Christmastime is… Continue reading An Untidy Christmas

Family, growing in Christ, hope, knowing God, parenting, thankfulness, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Walking by Faith

The Blessing Box: Cultivating Gratefulness All Year Long

“I’m writing a note to God,” my preschooler announces proudly. She thoughtfully scribbles her message on a 3×5 card, then opens the hinged lid of our ”Blessing Box” and adds her note to the jumbled mess of index cards. It looks disorderly, even confusing, but to me it’s a beautiful mess.  Each of those mismatched… Continue reading The Blessing Box: Cultivating Gratefulness All Year Long

abiding in Christ, Family, grace, growing in Christ, Identity in Christ, knowing God, parenting, rest, serving, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Walking by Faith

Let’s Go Back: Returning to Rest when Life Won’t Slow Down

And just like that, summer is over. Summer vacation, that is. The heat is forecasted to stick with us for a while yet. The kids are back to their studies and our weekly routine is becoming more…routine. I’m not sure what happened to the lazy days of summer, but we didn’t see many of them… Continue reading Let’s Go Back: Returning to Rest when Life Won’t Slow Down

Family, friendship, ministry, parenting, Uncategorized

One-on-One Time

We call it “One-Oh Time” in our house. My littlest coined the phrase a while back. In was her baby-talk way of asking me to spend “one-on-one time” with her. We laughed at the cute expression, but it stuck. Now we all use the term for our special mommy-and-me times. We started this practice of… Continue reading One-on-One Time

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Newsflash!

My dear blog friends, I'm excited to announce my first freebie -- printable Bible Study forms based on the way I've been studying Scripture for the last few years. I so appreciate having you as part of my blog community and would love for you to join my newsletter group as well. You'll receive exclusive content, as… Continue reading Newsflash!

Depression, Family, fear, freedom, growing in Christ, hope, Hope in the Midst of Heartache, Loneliness, pain, parenting, rest, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Waiting, Walking by Faith

When Depression Moves In

What happened to my joy? The question tugged at the corners of my soul as I trudged through each day. A dark cloud hovered over every waking moment. And sleep? That was a struggle, too. I had one bed-wetter and another child with night-terrors, so the sleep I did get was often fragmented and restless. How I… Continue reading When Depression Moves In