The Battle for Your Heart

Dear Tired and Lonely Self, You are in the middle of one of the hardest periods in life–raising two small children. You work all day, then you come home to work some more. It is often a single-parent gig as hobbies take your husband away on evenings and weekends. You won’t admit it to yourself, but you are becoming bitter and angry. You are on the battlefield and you don’t even [Read more...]

I Hope You Dance

Today’s Letter to Me is from a fellow For the Love Launch Team member, Andrea Stunz. This lovely lady has such wisdom and grace in her words. She encourages me daily and I am so very thankful for that. She is the keeper of Empty Plate Full Heart (this post is one of my favorites) and I am honored to have her letter to share with you today. Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever [Read more...]

My 100th Post!

As an act of obedience to a call I felt on my life, I started this blog 7 short months ago. In that time, I (hope) I have grown as a writer and maybe encouraged or challenged some of you along the way. This marks my 100th post! In celebration of this, my 100th post, I want to share my top 5 favorite blog posts. If you are new, it will give you an idea of what MrsDisciple is all about. I do hope [Read more...]

Mothering a Child With Special Needs

Today’s Letter to Me is from writer and speaker, Jill Richardson. Jill and I met through Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love Launch Team. She writes deep, real-life stuff on her blog, The Imperfect Journey, where, most recently, she has journaled through one of Jen’s other books, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. That is brave! Please welcome my new friend, Jill! November 8, [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...]

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...]

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...]

Thank You Mom

Birthdays are a time to reflect and rejoice. On my birthday, I like to think about where I have been, where I am, and where I am going. Today is my mom’s birthday. So I get to reflect on where she has been and rejoice in who she is. Reflecting back to before she became “Mom,” back when she was “Mommy,” I can imagine the struggles we kids never saw. Having 4 kids must [Read more...]

A Peek Inside My Journal

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12 I just returned from digging in a box in the basement. Not one of those frustrated “where did I put that” digs. It was a treasure hunt of sorts. I have a Rubbermaid box full of journals from the last 20 years. It [Read more...]

Missions: Go or Give?

While blogging is new for me, writing is not. In 2011, I took my first mission trip.  I traveled with a group to Aflao, Ghana to teach pastors’ wives at a conference and do some medical missions. I have thoughts from that summer that I carry with me still. I wrote the following right before our church began a missions initiative. It tackles the question, “do I go or give?” [Read more...]