Like most toddlers, my 4-year-old loves asking questions. One day, during a 15 minute drive, I counted 25 questions he asked. I don’t always have answers for some of his questions, though, which causes him great frustration. He wants an answer, and he wants it now. We adults like answers too, don’t we? In fact,… Continue reading Bible Study- Practical Steps for Those Tough Parts of Scripture
This post was originally published on LifeWay Girls. By God’s grace, he saved me when I was seven years old. There’s never been a time in my life when I haven’t been actively involved in the local church, yet as I grew older, I battled doubting my salvation. Now, as a youth pastor’s wife, my… Continue reading Doubting Salvation- Bearing Fruit & the Marks of a True Believer
We’re so grateful to every person who’s celebrated our match with us. Truly, we’re humbled by the amount of people who love our family, including our daughter. She’s so loved! Matching was a huge step, but we still have a long way to go until we can travel to bring her home. This graphic gives… Continue reading Adoption Update- We’re Matched! What’s Next?
On July 25, 2019 we officially began the matching phase of our adoption process. On January 8, 2021, we said “yes,” and were matched with our daughter! This phase was so emotionally and mentally draining. I truthfully wondered if our match would ever happen. We even seriously prayed about switching countries. The line from the… Continue reading Adoption Update- Our Matching Story!
The Halloween costumes weren’t even put away quite yet, but the internet was already a-buzz of people putting up Christmas trees. I'm not a "No Christmas till after Thanksgiving" stickler. This year has been rough. We could all use a little extra dose of Christmas spirit, right? However, for me personally, I thought, “I just… Continue reading Christmas is Here, but What if I Don’t *Feel* Like Christmas?
It’s no secret that I’m deeply passionate about Bible study and how every Christian (not just pastors) should be students of God’s actual Word. There are many wonderful resources on growing in biblical literacy, such as Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin and Better than Life, by Caroline Saunders. If “biblical literacy” is new… Continue reading I Want to Study the Bible, but How Do I Practically Do So, Day-by-Day?
This was originally posted on LifeWay Girls. Almost every time I'm on the internet, I see the lie of, "You are enough." Today, I pray you find Gospel-encouragement here. Find freedom in not being enough, but in trusting in the One who is. My youth girls and I dove into 1 Thessalonians as my five-year-old… Continue reading We’re Not Enough, but There’s One Who Is
For years, I struggled to have a consistent “quiet” time. Since college, the Lord has worked in my heart in regards to this. He used trial to birth a deep love for his Word in me. God taught me his Word is a necessary part of my day, not just something to do if I… Continue reading Seeking the Lord When It’s Not Quiet- The Good When Our Kids See Us Read God’s Word
This was originally published on Lifeway Girls (with a few edits. For example, my boys are no longer 4 and 2 like they were when I originally wrote this!) Currently, I’m an all boy mom (ages 6 and 4). There are fifteen Hot Wheels in my purse to prove it! There’s a little girl in… Continue reading 8 Encouragements for Moms of Teen Girls
I'm one of those people that has at least 10 tabs open on my internet at any given moment. My husband makes fun of me for this, but it's basically a visual representation of how my brain feels. One particular night, my brain had a million tabs open. The tabs of school, parenting, adoption, and… Continue reading Having Perfect Peace in a World of Pandemics & Brokenness