15 Things To Pray To Help Keep You From Legalistic Parenting

15 Things To Pray To Help Keep You From Legalistic Parenting

A little over a year ago, my book "Grace Gifts: Celebrating Your Children Every Day"  was released. It is a compilation of things that God has taught my husband and I, and is still teaching us, in our parenting journey. It was a scary thing to put it out there. It is precious to me because it God's story for my...Read More
12 Ways To Encourage Your Son To Be A Godly Leader

12 Ways To Encourage Your Son To Be A Godly Leader

In the book of Judges, we see that the Lord raised up judges. These judges were men that God called, He gave them His spirit, and qualified them for the work He had for them to do. He had a specific purpose for these judges, and that was to deliver the people of Israel out of the hands of their...Read More
Live Simply. Bless Others.

Live Simply. Bless Others.

The setting is our kitchen table. Across from us sits a well dressed financial advisor. He is surrounded by stacks of  crisp white paper, official looking documents, and spiral bound booklets that are going to help us to put our budget in order and plan for our future.  All of the financial decisions that we have made over the past...Read More
What Comes First? Calling or Gifting?  8 Questions To Ask Yourself

What Comes First? Calling or Gifting? 8 Questions To Ask Yourself

You are a busy mom and your days start early. In order for you to have any time to yourself,  you often stay up late. You feed your children, bathe your children, change your children’s diapers, and do your children’s laundry. When (if) they nap, you’re busy cleaning the house, making or planning a meal, and sometimes even grabbing a...Read More
God’s Artwork

God’s Artwork

Legalism. Rigid. Rules. Everyone looks the same. Little diversity. Working. Working. Striving. Criticizing. Do things the way we do them. We know what is best. Structure. Rules. Do's and don'ts.  Everything is in black and white. Open wide the curtains and swing the windows open wide. Let the aroma of grace drift in. Breathe in fresh grace and allow it...Read More
The Struggle That Is Christmas

The Struggle That Is Christmas

Christmas time is a hard time of year. I love buying gifts for people and I love spending time with family and friends, but overall I really struggle during the Christmas season.  As much as we've tried to establish traditions over the years - doing certain things or eating particular foods at certain times - there's just no denying the...Read More
How To Pray When You Find Yourself Living In A Divided Nation

How To Pray When You Find Yourself Living In A Divided Nation

Father, I am burdened by the division, debating, and arguing that is now more prevalent than ever in our country. I see professing believers  caught up in the drama, often not looking any different than the world. Please open our eyes to how You desire us to behave in these difficult days. I know that none of this has come...Read More
13 Prayers That Will Prepare Your Heart For The Holiday Season

13 Prayers That Will Prepare Your Heart For The Holiday Season

1. That you would be aware that the enemy wants to steal your joy and that you would focus on the Lord who is your joy and strength - The Scriptures tell us that we have an enemy. He is a hater of joy, one who is constantly fighting against God, and he makes it his business to unsettle our spirits. Nehemiah...Read More
Joy! Pure JOY! Great JOY! Nothing But JOY! 

Joy! Pure JOY! Great JOY! Nothing But JOY! 

The word that I have adopted to be "my word" is the word "JOY!" Not the word that you see creatively painted on trendy wooden signs in cute little gift shops -- the ones that say "choose joy". MY word is another joy. It's the joy found in James 1:2: "Count it (Consider it to be) all JOY! when you meet...Read More