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An Unexpected Pathway to Blessing

An Unexpected Pathway to Blessing

There are days when I feel truly blessed. Like the days I wake up with no knee pain and plenty of Starbuck’s coffee. When my children are all super cooperative and the house is in order. I think my idea of “blessing” is sometimes pretty […]

Holiness for the Church That Is Too Ridiculous

Holiness for the Church That Is Too Ridiculous

Are you frustrated by the pursuit of holiness? Does it seem like an impossible task? You’re not alone. Pretend with me that you are seated in a church sanctuary. Now, look around the room at the people nearby. What kind of people do you see?* […]

How to Be Holy When You Wake Up Grumpy

How to Be Holy When You Wake Up Grumpy

How are you supposed to be holy when you wake up grumpy? We know what holiness is not, and what it looks like, but how do we get there? If I had to describe myself when I wake up in the morning, holy is not […]

What is Holiness?  {Some Friends Weigh In}

What is Holiness? {Some Friends Weigh In}

I’m following the restoration of the beautiful Chataeu de Gudanes, a 94 room 1700’s chateau {read: mansion, hello!} in southern France that has seen better days. An Australian couple bought the place and are restoring it to its former glory. Not only are the pictures […]

The Discussion We Need to Have

The Discussion We Need to Have

Reports estimate that that American women spend a staggering $426 billion a year on beauty products. We place a high value on beauty. We want beautiful homes, beautiful weddings, beautiful getaways to exotic places. Beauty is a good thing, in our eyes. But do we want […]

Today’s Christian Woman: Distinctly Unholy?

Today’s Christian Woman: Distinctly Unholy?

Every Christian woman wants to hear and read books about being highly effective, being fulfilled as a person, finding your purpose and and being relevant in today’s society. But one topic that we are not clamoring to read about is personal holiness.   We’ve all […]

The Battle Called Motherhood, and No More Picnicking in War Zones

The Battle Called Motherhood, and No More Picnicking in War Zones

I have seen a lot of parenting, good, bad and ugly in twenty years of youth ministry alongside of Peter. I have grieved over the callous ways moms speak to their kids, and I have observed as a bystander, the child’s head hanging a little […]

A Dress Code for Life

A Dress Code for Life

Loved this paraphrase from The Message of Colossians 3:12-14.  12-14So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. […]