Kanye’s Sunday Service + Making Jesus’ Name Known

Of all the things I ever dreamed I would be writing about in 2020, this one never even crossed my mind. But here I am, on a quiet Tuesday morning, tapping out words about what I saw and experienced Strength to Stand this weekend. Scott and I took eight of the girls from our church to Scott Dawson's winter conference over MLK weekend. It was their second year to attend and they love it. If you've never been in a room with thousands of students engaged in worship, it's an incredible experience. ... [Read More]

We are works in process {and that’s okay!}

Today I want to share a verse I've found encouraging in my Lopsided Living journey. AND I AM SURE OF THIS, THAT HE WHO BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN YOU WILL BRING IT TO COMPLETION IN THE DAY OF CHRIST JESUS. PHILIPPIANS 1:6 Philippians is probably my favorite book of the Bible. Paul's four-chapter letter to the church at Philippi is full of vital truth for us as believers.  And I love that he begins here, with this statement of two things: God is doing a good work in the lives of His children. ... [Read More]

Do Small Things Matter for Eternity? {Rhinestone Jesus Book Review}

Sometimes I wonder if what I do really matters. I'm a wife and a mom. I write blog posts and newspaper columns. I do laundry and give the dog baths. I teach a weekly Bible study. I consult with small businesses and help develop social media strategies.  And I read a lot of books. My life is pretty small. I don't say that disparagingly or with any shame. I have a great life — a husband who loves me, a daughter who brings us so much joy, an encouraging family, the best friends, an awesome ... [Read More]

Stiff Necked or Stripped Down? The Choice Between Ornaments and Obedience

I'm never really sure what to do after Easter. I guess that sounds strange ... but it almost feels anticlimactic, these first few days after the somber reflection of Lent leading to Good Friday, the silence of Holy Saturday, and the celebration of Resurrection Sunday. Yesterday Scott had his first real day off since we got home from my parents' house after Spring Break. I cleaned out my closet and ended up with seven bags of clothes to donate. {The emotions and realizations from all of that ... [Read More]

28 Days, 28 Ways: Celebrate His Role as Dad

Welcome to 28 Days, 28 Ways: Investing in Your Marriage! All month long I'll be sharing ideas and tips for investing in your marriage.  You can find a list of all the posts here. If you follow my Instagram feed, you know today is a special day in our home. Today, our daughter turns 14. Four. Teen.  Yowza! I mean, how in the world has this happened. {I'm so thankful for friends wondering the same thing about their kids ... right Kristen and Stacey and Kristin??} We'll spend today ... [Read More]

Creating a Faith History {a God-sized dreams post}

Do you ever feel forgotten?  Unseen? Have you ever wondered if God even knows what is going on in your life? We've all been there.  We've all struggled through it. I'd like to share one of the ways I have learned to recall the faithfulness of God in my life.  Watch this quick video to learn about creating a faith history.  {If you are reading in email or a reader, you may have to click here to see the video.} How could creating a faith history help you in difficult ... [Read More]