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Peace Be With You

My mom is a big fan of peace. One year, when asked what she wanted for Christmas, she replied, “I just want a little peace.” So my sister and I obnoxiously wrote the word “peace” on little pieces of paper and put them in a box and wrapped it. She didn’t find it as funny […]

Count it all Joy

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 I’m going to shoot it to you straight – I never liked […]

5 Kingdom-Minded New Year’s Resolutions for 2022

Resolve this year, to “buy the field…” What does that mean? Before I explain, I want you to do a little health check on your New Year’s resolutions and see how they’re coming along. Don’t worry. There won’t be an official score card… but I do want you to think about them for a moment. […]

Fruit of the Spirit Series: Love

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always […]

True friends: the importance of your circle of influence

Friendships are so special that a holiday was created to celebrate them. Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13th each year to honor female friendships. This holiday started from a sitcom episode in 2010, but because loving, supportive female friendships are so valuable, it stuck. It is easy to provide research from the Mayo Clinic […]

Why no one sleeps and what to do about it

Sleep is a mystery. Sometimes it’s an easy, thoughtless process and other times it’s like trying to find a tiny piece of eggshell in a completely mixed cake batter. I’ve often thought about the mystery of sleep while rocking and coaxing (sometimes pleading) my now 11-month old to sleep. As an adult, it’s still a […]

Are You a Safe Space for Your Kids?

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. As a parent, this one speaks volumes to me. Parents are the kissers-of-boo-boos, the protectors-from-scary-monsters, and the ones who make everything better, so help us God. But… I also want to be the one my child runs to when she’s 10 and struggling to figure out her […]

With All Creation I Sing

Last year, along with tens of thousands of other Americans, my husband and I purchased a camper. It had always been a retirement dream, but the lockdown of 2020 increased our sense of urgency to find some peace and solace in the woods. We found our used trailer in June of 2020 and since then […]

Leaving the Nest: One mom vs. One Child’s Perspective

Leaving the Nest: One Mom’s perspective  Leaving the nest. This term has a significantly different connotation for me as a parent then it did when I was a young adult. At 18, I knew it all. Certainly, more than my parents did. So much, that as soon as I was 18, I jumped right out […]

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