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

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

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

abiding in Christ, grace, growing in Christ, hope, Identity in Christ, knowing God, rest, Uncategorized, Waiting, Walking by Faith

Why I Went Away

Well, hello there. It’s been a while. I’ve written a lot over the last few months but have been a bit absent here. Let me fill you in. In February, I took a break from blogging, sharing here only what I wrote for Just18Summers. Discouragement and self-imposed deadlines had turned my writing journey into a… Continue reading Why I Went Away

Family, fear, growing in Christ, hope, Hope in the Midst of Heartache, parenting

Passing on Hope

“I’m glad we’re #christians,” said my pre-teen daughter. I asked her why and her response still echoes in my heart. #hope #faith #parenting #motherhood #kids

addiction, Family, freedom, grace, Identity in Christ, knowing God, ministry, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Walking by Faith

Good Gifts Gone Bad

by Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Sometimes you’ve got to give yourself a time out. For several months, I’ve been very intentional about writing regularly, trying to post here on a weekly basis. But last week, I chose not to write. At all. God told me not to. I had lots of work to do - A… Continue reading Good Gifts Gone Bad

grace, Hope in the Midst of Heartache, Identity in Christ, knowing God, Loneliness, Uncategorized, Waiting, Walking by Faith

When Life Eclipses God

by Meredith Mills @dazzledbytheson We saw it, and it was dazzling. Like millions of other people, we traveled into the totality zone of the Great American Eclipse. We spent the afternoon camped out in the heat, hanging with some of our dearest friends, eating Moon Pies and Sun Chips and Cosmic Brownies. A sense of… Continue reading When Life Eclipses God

abiding in Christ, freedom, grace, growing in Christ, Identity in Christ, knowing God, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Waiting, Walking by Faith

Pondering Perfection

“Please don’t let me mess up. Help me not to make a mistake.” I stood in front of our church congregation, filling in as a member of the worship team. I would be leading out on the next song. My stomach was in knots as I thought through all that could possibly go wrong, things… Continue reading Pondering Perfection

abiding in Christ, addiction, freedom, grace, Identity in Christ, knowing God, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Walking by Faith

Subduing Sin

By Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Why can’t I just say “no”? I was a slave, bound by my own desires and cravings. Food was my master and I regularly did its bidding. Hungry or not, it didn’t matter. Delicious food or mediocre, it didn’t matter. I couldn’t stop myself. I was powerless to change. And I… Continue reading Subduing Sin

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

In Search of Treasure

by Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Don’t you love a good treasure hunt? My tween daughter wanted a detective party for her birthday last year, so my husband planned the treasure hunt to end all birthday party treasure hunts. It was incredible. The clues were crazy hard, but the girls embraced the challenge and finally deciphered them all by… Continue reading In Search of Treasure