Finding the Beauty in the Ordinary This Summer

By LeAnne Martin Squirming, talking, laughing, looking out the window at the sunshine. We were sitting in our desks but could not keep still or quiet. Finally, when the clock above the chalkboard said 3:00, the last bell of the year would ring, and out of the building we would fly. Summer stretched before us, … Read more…

Faith, Parenting, and Faithful Parenting

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) This is one of my favorite verses. A simple, yet complex explanation of faith. Because that is how faith is. So simple, yet so complex. Just look at the second part of the verse, “the evidence of … Read more…

Seeing the Good

Sin. It’s ugly. Actually, that’s not completely true. A lot of sin is not ugly. It’s enticing. It’s fun. Sin itself can be downright attractive because the devil is a deceiver. The results of sin, however, are ugly, and this world can be a whole mess of ugly. Why? That’s a question both the faithful … Read more…

Fighting Fear

“The only thing worry succeeds in producing in my life is a whole lot of agony.” – Kelly Balarie, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears I have been a worrier for most of my life. I think it partly comes from being a planner (ahem, control freak). I only feel comfortable with a … Read more…

Inaguaration Inspiration

No matter what side of the aisle you happen to fall on, this truth remains: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. -Psalm 33:12 As a Christian it is my responsibility to first and foremost uphold and promote the Lord’s precepts and commands. Secondly, as an American, I should uphold and promote the … Read more…

Love is Not Self-Seeking

31 Days of Marriage Guest Series: Love is Not Self-Seeking I am so excited to be participating in the 31 Days of Marriage Guest Series with Jordan Harrell. Read this thoughtful and helpful series and sign up for the 31 Days of Prayer for Your Marriage.   I roll over with a groan and silence … Read more…

New Year, New You?

I’m the worst at New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe you’re like me. I have high hopes and lofty aspirations on January 1. Then, slowly but surely, life gets in the way and my resolve fades. My resolutions are pushed down the to-do list until they drop all the way off. Part of the problem is that … Read more…

Perspective: What do you see?

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. –Psalm 27:13 I saw this verse posted a couple of different times on New Year’s Day. The wording of it just struck me as soothing and hopeful, perfect for the new year. I opened my … Read more…

Unity in Christ

“We are your church, and we need your power in us.” ~Rend Collective, lyrics from “Build Your Kingdom Here” Sometimes it’s difficult to separate the concept of church from the idea of a building. But the church is not a building; the church is people. The early church didn’t have a designated building. Believers gathered … Read more…

Enjoying the Everyday Life

Since I began blogging in earnest a year and a half ago, I have been trying to do it the “right way.” I try to do all the “bloggy” things like have a social media “presence,” write fairly consistently, and have the active verb tagline. Sometimes it is a bit overwhelming. I just want to … Read more…

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