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New Year’s Resolutions for the rest of us.

New Year’s Resolutions for the rest of us.

This post is for women who can barely get ready in the morning without littles banging on the bathroom door, for the mom who is nursing a baby and trying to train toddlers, the one who can barely eat a meal while it’s warm without […]

Measuring God’s Goodness, In Joy or Trials.

Measuring God’s Goodness, In Joy or Trials.

How do you measure God’s goodness to you? If you are like me, you tend to equate material and physical blessings with God’s smile, and hardship and trial with God’s frown. When my kids are doing right, and we’re on top of the world (aka […]

A Mary Heart During the Busy Season

A Mary Heart During the Busy Season

Got a minute? Good. That’s all I’ve got these days. So my posts will be short, because we’re all busy. Christmas hands us a never ending to-do list: present-buying, baking cookies, decking halls, and family parties. All this merry making can be exhausting.   Tis […]

DIY Doctored-Up Dollar Tree Church Ornament

DIY Doctored-Up Dollar Tree Church Ornament

Wanted to share an easy craft I’ve been working on for Christmas. I love New England churches, so when I saw that Dollar Tree had these ornaments, I snatched up a bunch to doctor-up. I simply added twine, plaid ribbon from Michael’s Craft Store, and […]

Spanning the racial divide with authentic love.

Spanning the racial divide with authentic love.

The news of this past week has left my mind spinning, my insides churning, and my spirit grieved. News of two African American men shot on video by the police as a first response rather than an absolute last resort, and then news of five […]

One little phrase that has helped me so much

One little phrase that has helped me so much

I recently shared with a friend a tiny phrase that has been “revolutionary” to me. It’s pretty much changed my outlook on everything. Although I’ve read this phrase many times before, somehow the truth of it took root several years ago and gave me such […]

Why the internet is wearing me down, and what I’m doing about it.

Why the internet is wearing me down, and what I’m doing about it.

I have to be honest. This year, I’ve grown tired of the online world. I’m increasingly aware of the “rudiments of the world” that seem to stick into my heart and mind by what I see on Facebook, the news, and other social media and […]

Advice from Elisabeth Elliot

Advice from Elisabeth Elliot

We all have them. Bad days. Unexpected problems. Things we didn’t sign up for. Things that are totally out of our control. Maybe it is financial hardship or a loss of a job. Maybe someone who should be doing good to you is doing you […]

10 Helpful Lists to Remember from the Bible

10 Helpful Lists to Remember from the Bible

Are you a list person? I tend to live my life by paper lists. Right now I have a grocery list, a wedding list, a thank-you card reminder list, a priority list, a hospitality list, a prayer list, and a vacation list in my planner. […]

When Life’s Hard, Remember These 4 Truths.

When Life’s Hard, Remember These 4 Truths.

Life can be hard, let’s face it. It rarely ends up looking like we pictured or planned. Our loved ones get cancer, children rebel, loved ones die, relationships fail. People who should nurture us end up scarring us. The evening news is maddening and terrifying. […]