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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...]

Will the Uprooting Make You or Break You?

Transitions are hard. When everything is upside down, we tend to cling to the familiar for comfort. When you move to a new city, everything is unfamiliar, leaving very little to comfort you. I found myself in this scenario exactly four years ago. It wasn’t as simple as saying goodbye to our dream house. We grew up in this endearing, small town. Both sides of our family lived nearby. My best [Read more...]

How to Find Your Summer Break Sanity

Can summer break be over? It’s kids all day, every day. (Teachers, how do you even deal?) I start each day with an awesome and ambitious list of all the things I plan to accomplish. I put off my shower in hopes I can go for a run. I end up missing my run because getting a two-year-old and twelve-year-old out the door is like wrangling two skittish squirrels into a coffee can. I spend the [Read more...]

8 Inspiring Links to Help Revive Your Writing

“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.” ~Ernest Hemmingway This time last year, I packed my bags and headed to North Carolina to attend She Speaks,  a writing conference hosted by Lysa TerKuerst and Proverbs 31. I left feeling as if I spent three days at a writing revival. (Read my recap here.) I’m staying home this year. And blogging in the summer can be like a hike in the [Read more...]

What is the Christian’s Place in the Fight for Freedom?

A scan of news headlines has the potential to leave us shaking in our boots, or at least shaking our heads. Actual headlines from this week: Clinton gains ground over Trump in new poles Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion law Clinton blames republican leaders for a ‘paralyzed’ Congress Pastor battles city over Jesus-related bus stop ads These headlines don’t include the [Read more...]