On My Bookshelf: Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle

Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite writers. I just love her ability to tell a great story. So when I heard she had a new book coming out, I was excited. When I heard there was a chance to be on the launch team for her new book, I was thrilled! I applied and … Read more…

Only with God

“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family.” (Proverbs 31:15 NIV) During the school year, this verse speaks to me almost every weekday morning as I rise before the sun. The middle school day in our district begins early, and one of my tasks is rousing my thirteen-year-old son. … 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…

Squashing the Anxiety Monster and Living the Adventure

She threw her head back and laughed with abandon as she followed her husband up the steep slope that led to a wonderous view of the valley from the mountaintop. Breaking the chains that held her back, she had said yes to this trip, yes to a new beginning, yes to a wild adventure. That … Read more…

For the Love of Friendship and the Best Party I Ever Missed

Six short months ago I didn’t know hundreds of people who are now super important to me. When Jen Hatmaker formed this little group of 500 to help launch her book For the Love, I know she had no idea what would develop. Women (and four men) began reaching out from across the country (and … Read more…

Why encourage one another?

Just days after declaring my new-found purpose to be an encourager, I found myself ready to cry and pull my hair out as I wallowed in a pit of discouragement. I was so excited about the devotion I read on Friday about encouragement. (Journey Magazine, May 8, 2015) It referred to 1 Thessalonians 5:11, and the … Read more…

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