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Love Your Neighbor (but Who is My Neighbor?)

One thing I love about living in the south is the cultural hospitality. I’m sure it exists in other parts of the country, but around these parts, casseroles and coffee cake are a love language. My fondest memory of love baked at 350° was after the birth of my first baby. I came home from the hospital on Mother’s Day. I found a casserole in my fridge and a Mother’s Day card on [Read more...]

The Power Found in the Faith of a Friend

After a difficult week of doing the hard work sometimes required in marriage, I picked up my phone to find a voice message from a friend. A few months before, we made a covenant to pray for one another’s marriages weekly. That week, I didn’t feel like praying. Hope seemed too far away. However, as she prayed, hope traveled the hundreds of miles from her home to mine. Without knowing how much [Read more...]

Celebrating National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. While I am not an adoptive parent, I wholeheartedly support the cause. I want to take some time to honor adoptive parents, shed some light on the adoption process, and share ways you can help. I called on some of my dear friends to help.   How Adoption Destroyed My Life Maybe ruination is where we are supposed to live. Maybe this adoption thing is hard [Read more...]

Scatter Kindness with the #5dollardash

Have you seen the latest challenge working its way around Facebook? In the spirit of The Ice Bucket Challenge, the #5dollardash arrived on World Kindness Day (November 13). I took the challenge and went live on Facebook to share. It was so exciting to be a part of a coordinated kindness attack! Karen Ehman’s newest book, Listen, Love, Repeat: Others-Centered Living in a Self-Centered [Read more...]

How to Overcome Temptation

The attack came out of the blue. I sat in my office, minding my own business. In walked Temptation. She toyed with my mind like a cat tangled in a ball of yarn. She plowed the ground of my dry heart, trying to expose seeds of truth to the harsh heat of her lies. I fought back the thoughts as best I could with arrows of truth from God’s Word. Before long, I was weary and losing ground. After [Read more...]

The Heart of Hospitality

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”  ~Dr. Maya Angelou Chaperoning a middle school field trip is not everyone’s idea of a fun day, but I didn’t mind. I enjoyed spending time with my daughter and getting to know her friends. However, my comfort level dropped during lunch. Because we are fairly new, I didn’t know many parents on the [Read more...]

5 Movies to Watch When You Need a Good Cry

I don’t like to cry. My medical chart lists it as a diagnosis: dry eye disease. My aversion to crying is one part physiological and one part control freak. I try my best to hold it together at all times. It makes me feel bad sometimes, especially when someone breaks down in front of me and I can’t deliver sympathy tears. My heart feels it, but my eyes stay dry. However, a time comes [Read more...]

The Light of the World

The beach is a favorite vacation destination for many people, and beachgoers all seem to have their favorite time to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf. Some love the action of midday, surrounded by people and peak UV exposure. Others prefer the cold sand and mysterious swish of the waves after dark. I fall into the third category of beachgoers. I cherish quiet mornings under the rising sun. My [Read more...]

What I Want to Learn about Living the Life of a Disciple

The most basic definition of disciple is a learner.  As disciples, we learn as we follow someone who is a few steps ahead of us. Jesus’ twelve disciples learned as they walked with Him. Because I am a disciple of Christ, I learn from the life of Jesus as described in the gospels, and from those who follow Him. The (if)Equip’s latest study Woven is an in-depth look at discipleship. [Read more...]