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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,…

what I didn’t understand…

Have you ever read something in the Bible that doesn’t fully make sense, but instead of figuring it out, you just gloss over it and keep reading? I’m sort of embarrassed to admit this, but that was me with the glory of God. Don’t get me wrong, I understand he is miraculous, majestic, powerful and…

for the glory…

We have talked a lot about glory at our house this fall. The glory of Friday night under the lights. The glory of having an undefeated football team. The glory of having my hubby, the coach, named “Coach of the week” by the Minnesota Vikings organization. The glory of my hubby getting interviewed by the…

when God feels distant…

Have you ever read something that haunted you afterward? I read a blog a few weeks ago and thought about how I wanted to respond for days. I thought about it when I was driving in my car. I thought about it when I was laying in bed at night. I thought about it when…

5 tips for effective prayer…

I love to pray. I pray all the time, about everything. I pray so much that I wonder if God gets tired of hearing from me. Not really. Well… maybe a little. I’m a self-proclaimed prayer warrior. Because in my opinion, there is nothing more powerful that I can do than pray for people. The…