We’d only been dating for three weeks, but Steve had already figured out he was going to marry me. I, on the other hand, was more practical than that. In a few months, I’d be moving to a new city in a new state, a thousand miles away from him. It would be…(Read More)

Sitting easy at a coffee shop, hugging the warmth of my cup, struggling to know where to begin when the hardness pounds me upon waking. Having opened my eyes to a message of desperation and despair, beginning a day with heartbreak where hope was anticipated, I could pray for so many answers, but the only…(Read More)

Usually a rainbow is best seen against a stormy backdrop. When we’ve grabbed the umbrella – raced out to our car to avoid getting soaked – in a quiet moment we can see something that never would have been there without the rain. A promise, too, is best seen, best received when the tumult of…(Read More)

Many of us are gearing up for the upcoming school year.  We’re buying school supplies, hitting the back-to-school sales, registering our kids, and planning curricula.  It looks a bit different for each family and for each route of education. One friend of mine is a single mom whose son is getting ready…(Read More)

I was working out on the machines at the gym recently, trying to count my reps when a young woman with a kind smile approached, asking, “What’re you working out today?”  There are no less than three reasons why this question flustered me: 1) She could plainly see what I was doing; 2) She…(Read More)

Are You Safe?

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We’ve been talking about the Underground Railroad recently during our homeschool days.  How do you introduce the atrocities that led to the need for such a thing to young children?  How do you teach the horrors of history so that you can also teach the heroics?  How do you explain to children who have…(Read More)

We need to be careful of what we say, and what we think we could never do. When we believe a lie we are capable of doing what we once thought we could never do. This is another confirmation of the importance of seeking the Kingdom first…(Read More)

The act of sinning is different than sin itself. Much like telling the truth is different than truth, living is different from life and dying is different from death. For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of…(Read More)

“Felling”: To cut or break down… So let’s talk about feelings.  Specifically about one great lie this world tells us: Following your heart is the key to living successfully. In our vernacular, we consider that our thoughts originate in our minds and our feelings originate in our hearts.  Some of us may try to…(Read More)

Some days, being “mama” isn’t all-too easy.  It can be far easier to see the bad behavior rather than the amazing gift standing before us.  So, what do we do when the amazing seems hidden?  How do we call out our children to be who God has designed and declared them to be…(Read More)