The Advent Invitation: Come in all your messiness

I've been doing the She Reads Truth study on The Beatitudes. It's one of my favorite passages—and also one that reminds me how much I need Jesus. I started reading these verses in Matthew 5 the day after the election and I've been reading them, meditating on them, praying them, and studying ever since. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the ... [Read More]

Don’t Forget to Remember {or why you need Thanksgiving traditions}

"Take care lest you forget ..." Several times in Deuteronomy the Lord speaks these words to the Israelites. He knew their hearts could easily be distracted from all He had done for them— things like, rescuing them from their bondage in Egypt, splitting the Red Sea, providing them manna and quail in the wilderness, sand guiding them to the Promised Land. Can you imagine forgetting to remember those things? Letting the mundane of life sweep aside the powerful ways God had delivered you? ... [Read More]

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day! Today we celebrate you, dads! For all the ways you make our lives better and fuller. For all the time you spent tinkering and fixing. For all the hours you’ve played catch and watched tiny feet tap across stages. For the sacrifices you have made so we could try new things and go different places. You, the dads, you are awesome! Today we honor you, dads! For your faithful service to our Lord. For your loving care toward us moms. For your patient teaching of our ... [Read More]

Why Does Advent Matter?

  Our Elf is not on the shelf this year. She's happily resting on a ladder propped against the tree. She'll stay there with her little sideways grin until we pack all the stuff up until next year.  (Unless, that is, our fifteen-year-old decides she wants to use the elf to torment her daddy  at some point this month.) I've got two Advent calendars and a little chalkboard to count down the days set out. But, let's be real here, it's only December 3 and I'm already behind. As much ... [Read More]

Advent Ideas and 2 Gifts You Should Give Yourself

December 1, 2015. Wow. This morning as I was having my quiet time, I realized this year has truly flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was sharing the 31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage. We've got a busy week ahead, as I'm sure many of you can relate. Yesterday, in the email I sent out to all those who have subscribed {I really need a good name for you sweet friends who are getting my emails ... any ideas??} I shared five ways I'm seeking to abide during this busy holiday season.  I've ... [Read More]

50 Gifts for Teenage Girls {$50 and Under}

For the record, in my experience,  the best gift for a teenage girl is, almost always, a gift card. Because no matter what you pick out—even if you buy it at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve from the last minute additions to her "this is all I want for Christmas" 20-page list of approved gifts—it will be wrong. :) Even so, there must be gifts under the tree, right? And so, we moms will do our best to find the perfect surprises for Christmas morning ... and, there's a pretty good chance we'll ... [Read More]