Baby Boy

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary, His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him.” Matthew 2:10-11 This Christmas season, I am eagerly anticipating the birth of two precious baby boys. One of these babies is […]

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See her

Sometimes God just has to make it real clear for me. Sometimes he points directly to the sin in my heart. Sometimes it hurts. Every time…he’s right. My heart has been harder than usual lately. There are real circumstances that have attributed to this, but there are no excuses.  My hard heart is impatient. It’s […]

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Theology from the Backseat: Part 2

I was getting ready in my bedroom yesterday morning around 6:30am, when I heard a loud “WHAM! SCREACHHHH!” I ran to the window, parted the shutters, and witnessed our teenage neighbor exit his Jeep, examine the back of the vehicle, shrug his shoulders, and then speed away down the street. Fast forward an hour and […]

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Be the Salt and the Light

Before the girls jump out of the car for school in the morning, I say to them, “Be the salt and the light!” I’m not sure why I started doing this, but it has most definitely become a thing. At four and seven, they don’t have their MDiv, they don’t care a thing about correct […]

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Lessons from Lucy

  V.I.P. I walked upstairs a few weeks ago, only to find yet another make-believe room scene in process – this is not odd, ever since Lucy was two and a half, she has been the master of such scenarios. That day, she had created a classroom environment, carrying small furniture from all over the […]

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Retreat

If heaven were on earth, it would be in the mountains. The views would be endless, the breeze refreshing and cool, the colors vibrant and the smells damp and sweet. Heaven on earth is being listened to by heart sisters, encouraged, strengthened and challenged – without judgment or condemnation. Heaven on earth is belly laughter, […]

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First and Second Things

My Second things: Exercise, Food, good Health, Church, Money, Rest, Fun, Work, Friendships, Family Relationships, Lucy, Abby, Palmer. My First Thing: Relationship with Jesus, the lover of my soul. I’m learning that it takes more than a pretty tattoo on my wrist for me to remember to keep My “First Thing” first; in fact, sometimes […]

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Our Daily Bread

Baptism and Eucharist Sacraments are very specific events in which God touches us through creation and transforms us into living Christ. The two main sacraments are baptism and Eucharist. In baptism water is the way of transformation. In the Eucharist it is break and wine. The most ordinary things in life – water, bread and […]

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Be Their Ambassador

“Good parenting, which does what God intends to do, begins with this radical and humbling recognition that our children don’t actually belong to us. Rather, every child in every home, everywhere on the globe, belongs to the One who created him or her. Children are God’s possession (see Ps. 127.3) for his purpose. That means […]

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First Try…

My husband and I will celebrate eight years of marriage next week. I find that hard to believe, even though the proof snuck into our bed very early this morning… Lucy was born just three weeks before our first anniversary. In fact, I can recall the night I went to the freezer to pull out […]

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