Growing up in church, advent meant a calendar with fun little doors to open and treats or pictures counting each day from the 1st until December 25th. As an adult, I often consider marking the advent in a more meaningful way, but usually that thought reappears around December 10th—after it feels much too late to find a devotional for the season….Read more
One of the most well-loved blog posts I’ve ever written is about reading the Bible. More specifically, How to Read the Bible, and Actually Understand It. I love all the questions and feedback I receive each week on how to increase your study of Scripture, so I jumped at the chance to review and giveaway some amazing journaling bibles from Thomas Nelson.
Which one you ask? The NKJV Journal the Word™ Bible.Read more
I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately, but that’s because all sorts of amazing and difficult things have been going on behind the scenes. For example …
I wrote a book, and that terrifies me.
Funny thing is, it’s not like this book writing thing snuck up on me. I first remember wanting to become an author when I was five years old and this particular book, A Wife’s Secret to Happiness: Receiving, Honoring, and Celebrating God’s Role for You in Your Marriage, has been in process since 2012. It’s taken countless hours, lots of tears over my computer screen and laughing to myself like a crazy person when writing at Starbucks. So why the trepidation?Read more
Sometimes I don’t feel strong. Other times it’s even worse, and I feel weak … exhausted … lost.
We’re taught that only the strong survive. To put on a brave face and soldier on. But what happens when I can’t soldier anymore? When my arms aren’t strong enough for the task, and my heart can barely hold on to the last strands of hope?Read more
I love to encourage believers to hear God. A huge part of my testimony is how I spent years in religious experience. I tried to do the things I thought God wanted—the good Christian things—and had no clue I could actually talk with Him. That He spoke all the time, every day, and wanted to talk with me. Sitting in church one…Read more
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe I love this quote from the late Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr., famed professional tennis player and human rights activist. He’s also credited with these inspiring words: “From what we get, we can make a living. What we give; however, makes a life.” Let these words…Read more
Jared and I drifted apart in the months after Dillon was born. It wasn’t a subtle drifting, like rowboats that slipped their knots and meandered off to sea in the quiet of night.
We saw it. Felt it. Watched it happen. Each of us in a boat without paddles, our cupped hands pawing furiously at the water. Calling out with loud voices until exhaustion took over.
Our commitment to one another and to our marriage didn’t waiver. But our connection did.Read more