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…

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…

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…

When You Feel Like the Chair Guy: What Defines Success?

Chapter Eight in Come With Me by Suzanne Eller focuses on Peter’s younger brother, Andrew. Andrew is the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah and then it seems Andrew is shifted to the background. His brother Peter is promoted over him, and Andrew is moved to the bottom of the list. This story, along … Read more…

Following Where He Leads

I like predictability. I am a planner and a list-maker. I am not a huge fan of change. Funny how life doesn’t really follow these ideals. And while the Lord is 100% solid and dependable, walking in faith does not follow a predictable plan either. I have had to restate my prayer of “Yes, Lord, … Read more…

Five Inexpensive Ways to Practice Self-Care

You grudgingly roll out of bed in the morning after smashing the snooze button two– okay, three or four—times. Your feet hit the floor, and you shuffle to the kitchen for coffee.  You groan at the thought of another day packed with things-to-do. Work, school, house cleaning, kids, practices, laundry, dinner. The long day after … Read more…

Don’t Run on Empty, Fill Up!

I haven’t been writing lately because it became a source of frustration and stress for me. Then I realized that was because I hadn’t put anything in. I had been trying to craft wonderful words about life without living it. My “word” for the year was supposed to be presence, and, frankly, I have not … 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…

What I am Reading – For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

For the love of Jen Hatmaker, I don’t even know where to begin in writing a review for her new book. If you are a woman – or a man (shout out to the #bandoffour, the four men on the launch team) – at any stage in life, this is the book for you. In … Read more…

What I am Reading: And the Good News Is

I will admit it – I am one of those strange people who loves politics! Most of the time the politicians themselves are not my favorite (on either side), but I still love to follow what is going on with our government. I also love American history, and I try to filter my political views … Read more…

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