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Fully Alive

Confident. Inspired. Free. Like a weight has been lifted, my eyes are opened, and layers of insecurity have shed off my body. Strong, brave and focused. I can take on the world and nothing is holding me back. Well-watered, refreshed and alert. I am in tune to the...

BOOK REVIEW: Truth Unchanging

Truth Unchanging: Hearing God Daily in the Midst of Motherhood By Becky Thompson   Do you want to know the most embarrassing truth about me as a mom of four children? I haven't fully embraced the beautiful season of early motherhood until just a few months ago....

Hail Mary

You’ve lost all hope. You feel like life as you know it is over. You can’t imagine things ever getting better or returning back to “normal.” So much damage has been done. Too much pain caused. Too many words spewed and emotions dumped out. You feel empty inside with...

BOOK REVIEW: Marriage that Works

Marriage that Works: God’s Way of Becoming Spiritual Soul Mates, Best Friends, and Passionate Lovers By Chip Ingram   Nearly 12 years ago I was gifted with the ultimate do-over. On June 30, 2007, I was joined together in marriage with my soul mate. I had given my...

Dark Place

It happens like a slow fade, transitioning from the brightness of light into the darkness of night. I feel so alone. I’m scared. Fear of the unknown lurks in every corner. Confused…I’m unsure of what’s to come. I don’t know when, or even if, the light will ever...

BOOK REVIEW: Winning the Heart of Your Child

Winning The Heart of Your Child: 9 Keys to Building a Positive Lifelong Relationship with Your Kids By Mike Berry As a mom of four children (ages 9, 5, 3, and 9 months), I have to confess – I have no idea what I am doing. Quite often I feel like I am unintentionally...

Hello, my name is _

Daughter. Child. Christen. These were the first names given to me when I entered this world. A few years later, “sister” and “friend” were added. In adolescence, emotional names were piled onto the growing list comprising my identity. Shy. Awkward. Boney. Ultimately...

BOOK REVIEW: True You

True You: Letting go of your false self to uncover the person God created By Michelle DeRusha   I know I am not the only one who struggles with identity, worth and purpose in life. I personally tend to go in spurts – I will either feel comfortable in my own skin...

BOOK REVIEW: Fake or Follower

Fake or Follower: Refusing to Settle For a Shallow Faith By Andi Andrew   We live in a world that thrives on likes, comments and followers. Our culture is selfie obsessed with all things of the flesh and unfortunately believers in Christ have also fallen prey to...

Puzzle Pieces

It was one of those days where I woke up and could sense something was about to happen. I wasn’t sure what, but I felt the familiar feeling that the pieces of my life were about to become blended into something new. Every small interaction and every single moment I...

BOOK REVIEW: Faith For This Moment

Faith For This Moment: Navigating a polarizing world as the people of God By Rick McKinley Life in America in 2019 quite regularly feels like the best of times and the worst of times. Living as a Christian in America, however, feels like the end times are nearer than...

Out in the cold, in with the new (year)

The roads were crappy and the weather bitter cold. One glance out the window and I swore I could hear Mother Nature whispering a plea to stay inside. Still, I chose not to listen and instead bundled up my two littlest in the minivan for a winter trek to the grocery...

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