She Still Believes in Santa

My sweet Sarah Kate still believes in Santa. She is only 8, so this statement may not surprise you.  Many, dare I say, most children believe in Santa.  But, Santa does not grace our chimney.  He does not bring beautifully wrapped packages to place under our Christmas tree.  He does not declare the familiar Ho-ho-holiday greeting from our rooftop. Yet, she believes. Gennady Spirin (Russian, [Read more...]

A Keep it Simple Christmas

Earlier this week I posted my thoughts on slowing down this Christmas.  I know that I am not the only one out there who wants to turn the volume down a little and savor the quiet this year. I thought I would share a few of my favorite reads from the past week that encouraged a simple Christmas. How We Christmas is a whimsical and real look at ways we can keep the focus on loving God and loving [Read more...]

Portrait of a Godly Wife: The First Wife (Part 2)

Every good painting has shadows.  Every good story has an antagonist.  Every good marriage has conflict.  Every good person has pride. Eve was created by God to be Adam’s ezer, his helper.  In her second scene, she is in the garden talking with the snake.  He is trying to convince her that what God has said is not exactly true. Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree [Read more...]

Portrait of a Godly Wife: The First Wife (Part 1)

I will make a helper suitable for him.  Genesis 2:28 Since the beginning of the human race, women have been wives.  It is a role we look forward to from the time we can put our mama’s white slip over our head, hold a handful of yellow dandelions, and march toward our waiting (imaginary) groom.  I have vivid memories of playing wife on the back porch with a neighbor husband.  I swept, [Read more...]

Special Deal! Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

I wanted to sit and write this much earlier today, but I have been in survival mode.  Which only proves the point that this book is SO very needed in my life! I recently studied The Best Yes with some friends.  This blog is a result of following through with my Best Yes. However, the busy continues.  The Yes did not give me extra hours to learn how to blog and write; it just added more to my [Read more...]

Slow Down

The Christmas season is here!  My natural tendency is to begin the rush.  Pull out the ornaments.  Hang the stockings.  Turn on the oven.  Start the Cyber Monday searches.  These things are not Christmas.  We know that in our head; has that truth made it to our heart? I have been bombarded with one thought in the days leading up to this Advent season:  slow down. I heard it in my ear [Read more...]

Mrs. Disciple 101: Introduction

Go and make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  Matthew 28:19-20 A disciple is a learner.  As women, wives, mothers, friends, we are constantly learning. We learn not to wash brand new black skinny jeans with a favorite white shirt.  We learn to hide the dark chocolate behind the flour on the top shelf.  We learn to wrap the Christmas [Read more...]

With My Whole Heart

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1 From dark and lonely corners to joyful horizons From hiding doubt to absolute certainty From want to plenty, stress to calm From offense to forgiveness From waiting to arriving With my whole heart I will thank You To take a journey through your whole heart, visit She Reads Truth: In [Read more...]

37

I turned 37 this year. How does it look today? Up at 4 to rock a fussy baby. Finished watching Parenthood on DVR. Weighed in (so, maybe I should keep counting calories every day). And instead of going back to sleep for an hour, I decided to stay up. To write. Because I think this is what I want to do when I grow up. And what better way to do it, well, than to do it. I am not at a bad place at 37. [Read more...]