Who’s Saving Whom?

My husband, Chris, and I had just returned from a relaxing date night and were standing pool-side talking to his parents and watching our sons play, when our 5 year old got a little too far into the deep end, panicked and started flailing in the water. Our 8 year …

Kneeling: The Power Position

He who kneels before God can stand before anyone. If you haven’t read the book of Esther, I encourage you to do so. First, because it’s in the Bible and reading the Bible is highly encouraged. Second, because there are some cool twists that come into play that make this …

Obedience: Continuing the Path Faith Initiated

We live in the country, so, it’s no big deal to see deer all over our yard at any given time of day. Our dogs go nuts…every…single…time. You would think they’d be unimpressed by now, but, no, they lose their minds howling and barking and smacking against the gate trying …

Extend Grace: The Journey From Forgive to Forgiven

When my kids were little, they were forever doing something to get under their brother’s skin; snatching toys, sitting in the seat first when boy 3 was getting ready to sit there and boy 1 “knew it” but sat there anyway, or eating the last cookie even though boy 1 …

Healing Words in the Emptiness of Tragedy by Heather Meadows

Nothing brings hope and healing like sharing our stories. It’s difficult, sometimes, to be so raw and real because with raw and real comes exposed. That’s what drew me most to Heather…she wanted to share her story. She know the value it has to bring hope and healing to others. …

The Problem with Step Skipping and Route Shortening

I am a “cut to the chase” kind of girl. I take the shortest route and find the end as quickly and efficiently as possible. If I can skip a step or two and come to a viable conclusion—perfect! Done. But, what if step skipping and route shortening bypasses crucial character …

Chronicles of an Over-Complicator

Life feels very complicated at times…overwhelmingly so. Work, homeschool, taxi-ing, cleaning, stocking, making, breaking, purchasing, preparing, storing, volunteering, leading, following, writing, reading, learning, washing, folding,…and on and on. I’m not trying to complicate things…I just do. Simple projects turn into huge undertakings all because I let one small idea morph into this monster …

Blessing Delayers

I’m a time waster. I know what you’re thinking-Facebook. No, it’s not Facebook. I’ve found that staying out of the loop makes me happy. Especially during this election season. sheesh! I waste time actively mistrusting God. It’s a hard thing to admit…but, it’s true. I love God. I know He …

Redeemable Qualities of a Well-Constructed Comfort Zone

I have never heard anyone speak about comfort zones who wasn’t trying to get me out of mine. I agree that comfort zones can be restrictive and foster stagnancy; but, just like chocolate, a comfort zone can be healthy in moderation. I like to think that my comfort zone is …

When Defeat Devours My Joy

“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) I NEED this verse today!! I don’t know if you’ve noticed; but, there is SO MUCH negativity and corruption in our world right now that it’s hard not to feel defeated. …