God With Us: A Meditation on the Nearness of Christ

God With Us: A Meditation on the Nearness of Christ

She sat in the dimly lit room, holding a frail, almost lifeless hand. The very hand that had cradled her as a baby. The hand that had fed her, bathed her, brushed and braided her hair, soothed away sorrows and stings. The hand that she had held when she walked to school, to church, to…

Savoring the Savior: a Bible Reading Plan for December

Savoring the Savior: a Bible Reading Plan for December

I’ve been a bit of a floater in my Bible lately just because I finished up with one study and am planning to do another read through the whole Bible starting in January. That’s left me thinking about December and what I want to study/read during the month. I decided that I’d really like to…

Choosing Joy: A Lifestyle of Gratitude

Choosing Joy: A Lifestyle of Gratitude

I’m all about lifestyles these days! We define how we eat as a “lifestyle.” We live a simple living lifestyle. Aaaand, of course, I live an essential oil lifestyle as well. But the past few months I’ve been disciplining myself in a new lifestyle, and it’s one that has been life-changing for me! Choosing Joy…

Dear Friend: A Letter and a Story of Grace

Dear Friend: A Letter and a Story of Grace

I recently wrote a letter to a struggling friend of ours. I’d felt a burden to tell them a bit of my story and share how the Lord had shown grace to me in my life. I don’t know what has happened with that friend yet. I’m not even sure that they’ve read it. But…

Deliver Me: a Song of Surrender

Deliver Me: a Song of Surrender

I sat on the kitchen floor, incapable of moving, feeling, thinking. Numb. An emotional wasteland of brokenness. Tears streamed down my face as I half-whispered, half-sang “deliver me. . . ┬ádeliver me,” over and over and over. I’d come to the end of my rope… again. It feels like sometimes life just keeps getting harder.…

O Sister, Where Art Thou? Thoughts on Commitment in Church Life

O Sister, Where Art Thou? Thoughts on Commitment in Church Life

I felt it coming on all afternoon and knew it was going to be a rough one. I knew it was going to make it hard for me to function and think properly. And I was right. About the time Josh got home my head was fully throbbing, I was super tired and just didn’t…

Creating a Consistent Quiet Time (and why it’s so important!)

Creating a Consistent Quiet Time (and why it’s so important!)

Many of you may already have a pretty good routine down, like we discussed in my last post, Find Your Rhythm for 2017. Not everybody even feels the need for a rhythm, and that’s okay too! There’s one thing, though, that I believe everyone needs to have in their life and that is a good…

When Motherhood Defeats You

When Motherhood Defeats You

I hid my face in my hands and cried, sobbing tears of anger, frustration, and utter emotional exhaustion. “Why? Why is it so, so hard?” I gushed. “I can’t do it! I just can’t do it anymore!” It was one of those days yesterday. What drove it to that point? Little things, really. Ezra was…

35 Questions to Deepen Your Spiritual Fellowship

35 Questions to Deepen Your Spiritual Fellowship

  Fellowship Fellowship has got to be one of the most important parts of healthy church life. I’ve been in many churches throughout my life and it seems that, most of the time, the church is either thriving or not based on that one simple element: fellowship. Obviously there are other important considerations as well.…

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