What You Can Do About ISIS

What You Can Do About ISIS

UPDATE: Due to technical issues, the email from this post to subscribers went out late. Therefore, I am extending the fundraiser to honor all orders placed on Saturday, May 23 also. * * * Earlier this week, a link to an intense article by Ann Voskamp came across my Facebook newsfeed. I wept as I read it. She describes the heartbreaking … [Read more...]

Five Things You May Not Know About Me

Five Things You May Not Know About Me

My friend Jennifer invited me to join her blog link up about things you may not know about me. What does it say about me that I found it hard to come up with things? I tend to think I live a pretty vanilla life, but after some thought, I decided that's not quite true. In random order, I present to you 5 things you (may or) may not know about … [Read more...]

What’s Happening Around Here

What’s Happening Around Here

I went to church last Sunday jacketless! Finally! I don't know what the weather is where you are, but we've been itching for the warmth of spring for too long. We flung open the windows in our home to breathe in some fresh air for the first time since October. We've flown past our Spring Break stay-cation and Mark's 2 full weeks off for his … [Read more...]

Drawing Near During Holy Week

Drawing Near During Holy Week

It's only been in recent years that my faith moved from head knowledge to personally encountering Jesus. One big breakthrough in this process came during Holy Week a few years back. Although Jesus's death convicts me deeply of my own sin, this particular year He had a different focus: meeting me in my brokenness and guiding me to healing. I'm … [Read more...]

You’re Loved No Matter What {A Book Review}

Do personality assessments intrigue you? I think they're so much fun! And oh, so revealing... Myers-Briggs? INFJ. Temperament? Melancholic-Phlegmatic. Life roles? Creator, Pioneer, Teacher. Love Language? Quality Time. Sacred Pathways? Sensate, Contemplative, Intellectual. I'm excited {of course} that my friend Holley Gerth's newest book is … [Read more...]

Fallen {A Book Review}

This book is riveting. It left me shaking my head in amazement. Annie Lobert's memoir, Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and into the Arms of the Savior, details highlights from her childhood, her descent into the sex industry, the unthinkable torture she endured while being trafficked, her escape, multiple brushes with death, and her miraculous … [Read more...]

Why Bother With Essential Oils?

Why Bother With Essential Oils?

I was living a toxic life. From childhood, throughout adolescence, and into adulthood, my health had deteriorated in mind, body, and spirit. By the birth of my fourth baby, my body was simply giving out, and I was desperate for a realistic solution. *** My dear friend Alecia has invited me to share a little bit of my story and the impact … [Read more...]

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

I’m writing at God-sized Dreams today, but I felt there needed to be a sort of companion piece here, a part one. Here goes: To anyone who has ever experienced sexual abuse: You’ve been on my heart a lot lately. My stomach’s been in knots for you. Amidst the other depressing items in the news has been (surprisingly minimal) coverage of a … [Read more...]

Why Your Winter Doesn’t Have to Be Miserable

Why Your Winter Doesn’t Have to Be Miserable

There's something you need to know. There's this little powerhouse of a thing that has been amazing for my family over the past few months. You know the months I mean...the ones fraught with immune system attacks. Notices sent home from school. All productive life essentially shut down. Any semblance of health halted. Well, something … [Read more...]

At the Intersection of Freedom and Worship

At the Intersection of Freedom and Worship

My One Word for 2013 was Freedom. I naively thought it would be a one year journey.  By the end of the year, it was clear my education surrounding Freedom would be ongoing, but I still wanted a new word for 2014. True to form, I wanted a meaningful, inspired word--not one I conjured up myself or hoped for. However, after embarking on a freedom … [Read more...]