i heard God’s voice so clearly…

All the adrenaline that has been carrying me through football season has completely died. Now that the season is over, I suddenly feel like I am 100 years old. I’m exhausted: emotionally, mentally and physically. On Saturday evening, I fell asleep at 7:00 PM while I was trying to study the Word. When I woke…

less of me…

John the Baptist was one.weird.dude. but I really like him. He was potentially the first Jesus freak. He lived in the wilderness by himself, wore clothes made of camel hair, and ate locusts and honey for food. Not your average Joe…or John. I bet he didn’t fit in with anyone. I’m sure few people understood…

winning at football but losing at grace…

This football season has been amazing. AH.MAZ.ING. We are so thankful for the gift that it has been. We have seen God’s hand in a mighty way and it’s also been really fun to win. But it hasn’t been easy. It’s been really difficult actually, a huge adjustment for the whole family. And we haven’t…

love isn’t enough…

I’m completely unqualified to speak on this giant topic, I fully understand. Utterly unqualified. I’m talking about: Mass shootings. Hate crimes. Human trafficking. Violence. How did our country get so lost? The problem seems so big….so beyond me. It feels like there is nothing I can do that would make a difference. Have you felt…

despite all my failures…

Even though I have read John, Chapter 21, many times before, I never really got it…until now. This time, as I read about Peter’s encounter with Jesus after the resurrection, I finally understood what was happening. I could, unfortunately, totally relate to Peter. It turns out, I’m a lot like him. Oh Peter. Here’s a…

my little ballerina…

You know what’s hard about having four kids? Everything. The answer is everything is hard with four kids. But I feel like the hardest part is that I cannot do a good job with all four at once. It’s impossible. Lately, the littles have been taking up more than their share of my attention, which…

what am I supposed to be?

It took me a lot of years to know what I wanted to be when I grew up. Like a LOT of years. I kept asking God, what am I supposed to be? But there was never a clear response from him. Well, maybe there was, but I wasn’t a very good listener. Back in…

before and after…

My hubby and I love to flip furniture together. One of our favorite things is to find a piece of broken, discarded furniture on the side of the road and turn it into something beautiful and useful. OLD MADE NEW. Restored. It always reminds us of what Christ did for us on the cross: he…

parenting is no joke…

There is a weird dichotomy in my life: I go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows during the course of almost every day.  From the mountaintop of faith to the valley of parenting failure. Let me explain: I start each day by spending about an hour in the Word and praying.…

when trouble comes your way…

It’s taken me a REALLY long time to agree with James 1:2-4: “Dear brothers and sisters, when trouble comes your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed,…