May 2015

Choosing Brave Over Bitter

Today, I have the privilege of guest posting for a new friend, Kelly Johnson. Kelly blogs at Grace Notes, a thoughtful spot with words about real life. She is full of wisdom, humor, and encouragement. Please head over and spend a few minutes getting to know her. This one had me cracking up and giving a hearty, “Me, too!” Thank you for the opportunity, Kelly! Most would consider the [Read more...]

The New Testament Wife

The New Testament Wife is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. Submission. Is there a more controversial word in marriage? It is the s-word no one wants to talk about. I am a non-controversial, non-confrontational person. Talking about the s-word is not about pointing fingers or demanding agreement. It is something beautiful I have experienced and I want to share it with you. I [Read more...]

Brandy’s Letter to Me

I would like to introduce you to my brave friend, Brandy Lidbeck of Sip of Brandy. Her Letter to Me comes from a unique place of healing after a tragic childhood of hurt. Thank you for sharing your heart, your healing, and a piece of your broken childhood with us.  To my 10-year-old self, I get it. I get the pain and devastation. I understand the betrayal and despair. The sadness and anger are [Read more...]

The 4 Pillars of Summer Sanity

Summer is before us. The long days of hot sun hold the promise of lazy days, sIeeping a little later, and kids who bore easily and fuss often. My summer sanity is seriously at risk here! I have to have a plan or I might lose my mind. I use Deuteronomy 6:5  and Matthew 22:37-39 as pillars to keep my sanity during the summer. My goal is to remain intentional with this time I have with my kids in [Read more...]

Wear Your Insides on the Outside

Wear Your Insides on the Outside is part of an ongoing letter to my kids, Proverbs for Kids. I used to pick out your clothes each day and you put it on without question. You had your quirks. Sarah Kate, you went through a stage where you would not wear long sleeves. And there was also a time you would only wear dresses. Claire, you have never ever liked smocked dresses or frilly things. And, I am [Read more...]

Letters to Me

(a letter to my younger self) May 6, 2004 Dear Kelly, Tomorrow morning around 2 a.m., your water will break and your life will change forever. You prayed for this child for years thinking motherhood would be the culmination of your purpose. You have no idea how being a mom is going to crack you, threatening to empty your soul. Your time is your own right now. You can wake early to pray, or stay [Read more...]

There Are No Ordinary People

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory When I review my day, I can see their fuzzy faces in my mind. The young [Read more...]

Following Noah

Following Noah is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife.  A handful of years ago, my husband got an unsolicited job offer that would require us to move. We lived in our hometown in a big house that we built on family land near grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifetime friends. When David first approached me about the offer, I shared my thoughts: We are where we are [Read more...]

Good Girl, Rotten Fruit

I am a good girl. I start down the list of works of the flesh found in Galatians 5:19-21 and I lift my chin a little higher. I got this. I skip down to the fruit of the Spirit and pat myself on the back. I got that, too. Then I look a little closer at the scripture. And a little closer at my heart. A closer look at Galatians 5:19-21 reveals the true condition of my heart. Idolatry? I have my [Read more...]

Making Faith Real for Middle Schoolers

The church is losing 5th graders. At a recent D6 Conference, Dannah Gresh said, “The theology they have as tweens is not thick enough to prepare them for the spiritual conversations that are going to happen in college.” This is backed up by Barna research, which reports that only 32% of tweens today have a relationship with Jesus Christ. When you consider Barna’s assertion that [Read more...]