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the lesson I learned about rest…

Resting.  I’m NOT good at it.  I don’t really do it because the entire time I am resting, all I can think about is what I should be doing instead of resting.    I prefer to run full speed. To get stuff done. To knock out my to-do list like a prize fighter.  Most of…

willing to be a fool…

I am willing to be a fool for you. That’s the promise that I made to God when I started writing. Through the good, the bad and the ugly, I vowed to be transparent so that others could see his tremendous love and power at work in my life. The journey has not been easy…

still, I trust.

I would love to be able to say that I am navigating this time of hardship in our family with grace and joy. But the truth is that I’m struggling. Still, I trust. And I think that’s the heart of real faith – it’s daring to trust God and have hope that flies in the…

Her name was Hope…

I was almost home, only a block from my house, when I saw her lying there on the side of the road. An elderly woman had fallen into a snowbank and couldn’t get up. I slammed on my brakes, pulled over, and ran to help her. As I got closer, I could smell the alcohol.…

useless to useful…

Useless. That’s what they called him. Useless. It was literally the meaning of his name. Useless. Can you imagine if that was the word used to describe you? There is a man in the book of Philemon that was known for it. Onesimus was described by Paul as useless, and for good reason. He was…

my joy went missing…

This week, my joy went missing. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to find it. I think it may have gotten buried underneath expensive car repairs, sick kids, big decisions, a mountain of to-dos, job rejections and lack of sleep. As I was lamenting my lack of joy to the Lord this…

the love of money…

Money. It can be a sensitive subject, right? Sometimes, people get offended if you ask them about their money situation because they consider it a private affair.   Other times, people flaunt their money for all to see, which can also be offensive. Some people have lots of money. Others, not so much.  Some people…

when I hit rock bottom…

I still take a deep breath before I tell my story to someone new. A really big deep breath. Because my story is humbling. I’ve said this before, but it’s true: I’ve made all the mistakes. All of them. There is a reason I am so passionate about God and his love. There is a…

do this one thing…

I went to church every Sunday. I volunteered at church. A lot. I was part of a small group. I listened to Christian music. I had wonderful mentor moms. I had solid Christian friends. I thought I was doing good in the faith department. But… there was one thing I didn’t do. Just one thing.…

5 small changes that have BIG spiritual impact.

Just like a person can’t build a great physique without putting in the work, neither can a person build a strong faith without putting in the work. Trust me, I tried to be a christian in my 20’s without doing the daily grind of being in the Word and the result was weak faith that…