These messages are all around us, sometimes coming more subtly than others. They usually come in a pretty convincing package, whether through songs on TV or pretty fonts on Instagram. I heard it as my boys watched a cartoon, “Trust in yourself, Vampirina, and you’ll be a great ballerina.” A quick Pinterest search will show… Continue reading Trust in Yourself. Follow Your Heart- A Look at What Scripture Says is Truth.
Dear Sisters in Christ (let’s chat about the halftime show, women who sat in opposition to Trump’s call for pro-life legislation, and our world’s messages in general)... My heart’s so heavy for you. I’m burdened as I hear the messages our world bombards you with. Today, I want to encourage you. Christianity is very much… Continue reading Dear Sisters in Christ (A Letter of Encouragement in the Wake of the Super Bowl & “Feminists” Movements)
As Valentine's Day approaches, I know the opinions are vast. Some look forward with high expectations, while others despise it. There’s no command in Scripture to celebrate Valentine's Day, so I’m definitely not here to command something the Lord doesn’t. However, Scripture does command us to rejoice always, including Valentine’s Day (1 Thess. 5:16). Today,… Continue reading The Call to Rejoice, Even on Valentine’s Day (Practical Thoughts for All Stages of Life).
This post was originally planned for November, which is National Adoption Month. However, between holidays and other writing projects, it sat in my drafts for a while. Though National Adoption Month has passed, all of these lessons are still heavy on my heart. As a way to celebrate and honor adoption, I’d love to share… Continue reading Throwing Timelines out the Window & Other Things I’ve Learned About/Through Adoption (So Far).
I looked around my house as it was freshly decorated for Christmas, and I realized how much we physically rearrange in celebration. Our love seat is pushed over to make room for the Christmas tree, a table is moved to make space for our Family Tree of Christ (thanks, Tiny Theologians!), and my usual welcome… Continue reading Our Response to Christmas- Rearranging More Than Just Our Homes
Christmas will soon be upon us, and I often think about how we can make our Christmas as Christ-centered as possible. The older our boys get, the more sure I am of the need to be intentional with this. I love hearing how other families do this, so I went to Instagram and Facebook to… Continue reading Keeping Christmas Christ-Centered- Celebrating YOUR Ideas!
My life is far from glamorous. I think most of my mom friends would agree with that statement. We deal with a lot more poop than we’d like to admit, our homes still haven't learned to clean themselves, and there’s that pesky thing called laundry. Sometimes, when the to-do list gets too long and the… Continue reading Living the Dream of Motherhood- Scripture to Help us Fight for Joy & Purpose
Israel had its fair share of mistakes throughout the Old Testament. However, not every decision was bad. In Exodus 35:4-29, the Lord commanded Israel to build his Tabernacle. He told them in detail the materials needed and exactly what they needed to do. Moses shared with Israel all the Lord told him, and Israel's response… Continue reading Let’s Be Like Israel (in this case)- The Call to Bring Resources & Gifts Together for the Kingdom
Today's my 30th birthday! Reaching 30 is kind of crazy; wasn’t it just yesterday I spent every Friday night cheering? Some days it feels like 16 wasn’t that long ago, but a quick glance at my life reminds me those days are long gone. Though sometimes I miss the carefree life from back then, I… Continue reading A Celebration of 30- 30 Things God’s Taught Me Over 30 Years
If you haven’t heard the news, we received our CARA approval last week! We waited a long time for that, and I could spend pages writing about God’s goodness and sanctification during that time. We celebrated with bowls of ice cream and a family dinner at Pizza Inn. Now, we set our sights on… Continue reading Adoption Update- The Matching Process