Know your story

Heart is full, but my mind and body are utterly exhausted from a weekend spent at Mother-Daughter Camp. Constant activity and social interaction are not an introvert’s cup of tea (not to mention the cabin sleeping arrangements!).  Attempting to “fill my tank” early this morning by re-reading part of Dan Allender’s “To Be Told.” Hope […]

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Entitlement

Entitlement: the opposite of gratitude and contentment. The feeling of being “owed” something. I started reading a new parenting book last week, it’s titled, “Raising Grateful Kids In An Entitled World.” Funny thing is, it’s rocking my world. Like every good parenting book, the author persuades the reader to examine his or her own heart […]

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It’s supposed to hurt

I have a friend who is in the middle of a very tough life situation, she and I were talking about this specific concept over the phone last night. In my world, when God takes the time to intentionally confirm an idea, belief, opinion, etc., I pay attention. I shared with her my “dark nights […]

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Empty pleasures

I was challenged yesterday while listening to a podcast from Ravi Zavharias – the topic was “the problem of pleasure.” The church doesn’t spend a whole lot of time on this topic, we wait until the “pleasure” morphs into sin, and then it is often covered completley in shame. Ravi does a phenomenal job explaining […]

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The Essence of Christian Counseling

“Face the hard questions that life requires you to ask. Gather with other travelers on the narrow road, pilgrims who acknowledge their confusion and feel their fears. Then, together, live those questions in My Presence.” Excerpt From: Crabb, Larry. “God’s Love Letters to You.”  I love my job.  In fact, yesterday morning, I could hardly […]

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Always Reconciling 

The Ministry of Reconciliation From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, […]

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Holding tight and letting go

I alluded to this idea of “letting go” in my last post. If you’ve been called to this ministry of parenting, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. When our kids are newborns, there is no “letting go.” We are at our child’s beckon call, running towards them at the first sign of discomfort; […]

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Theology from the back seat

“Mom, does God love Satan?”  This was the question I heard coming from the backseat yesterday evening.  She’s six by the way.  It was the sincerity of her question that moved me, she was genuinely curious and concerned for her enemy. Thank God for His Holy Spirit, and the sword of Truth that is His […]

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Little eyes, little ears

I don’t have this marriage and family thing figured out yet. Yes, I have a degree in it, yes, I am married, and yes, I am almost seven years into the parenting journey. But I swear, sometimes I feel completely helpless, much like a lonely wanderer without a map. Here’s what I do know: the […]

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The Weight of Beauty

I’ve written this blog in my head a dozen times, but have not had the courage to write it down and press “Publish”, until this morning. Even now, I’m nervous about how it will be received. I pray that you read it with a softened heart, open to the notion that beauty, as the world […]

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