The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

I am excited to tell you about a great bundle of resources coming your way next week! It's called the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle:       Plus, you get bonus products, memberships, and store credits worth $200.    What this means is that many amazing bloggers have put their writing and promotions … [Read more...]

What Breaks your Heart? {And the Opportunity to Love on Orphans}

What Breaks your Heart? {And the Opportunity to Love on Orphans}

Today's post is a response to Bonnie Gray's writing prompt: broken. *** There was a time when I thought being broken meant I was weak. Broken equaled not being enough. It meant I was unacceptable. A failure. Damaged. These lies dominated my life during a time when I believed my performance determined my worth, especially in God's … [Read more...]

Here’s to the Messy Bun

Here’s to the Messy Bun

Moms and dad alike ushered their children into the lobby: sporty mom with her toned legs and bright smile, fashionista mom with her cute skinny jeans, ballet flats, curled hair, and sparkly accessories, stylish dad holding backpacks and snow gear, coach-dad high-fiving the boys... Teachers walked by briskly, attending to last-minute details, … [Read more...]

One Way to Equip Our Children

Photo: amazon.com One perk of immersion in the blogging community is being able to preview and promote phenomenal resources. I've been blessed to meet and interact with such gifted and giving individuals. They inspire me. Carolyn Byers Ruch is one such individual. As a child, she escaped sexual attack  by a hired worker on her family's … [Read more...]

Dear Dreamer

Dear Dreamer

Dear God-sized dreamer, Yes, you. The one who wonders if you even have a God-sized dream... The one who can't hear God speaking... The one who is weary... The one who is hurting... Dreamer, I have a special message for you at my second home, God-sized Dreams. I'd love for you to join me there. Please click here to continue to the … [Read more...]

Wounded

Wounded

Trigger warning: mentions sexual abuse  Today, I'm linking with Bonnie Gray's Faith Jam community. We are writing about the word wounded.   So, here's the thing about wounds. We all have them. It's impossible to go through life without being hurt, either by your own choices or the choices of others. In fact, Jesus lays it out in … [Read more...]

Ready to Run?

Ready to Run?

  I fought back the condemning words in my own mind and the sadness and shame they carried with them: failure. Can you imagine what everyone must think of you? My inability to adequately allay the anxiety overwhelmed me. In my head, I knew all the truths that should have encouraged me, but they simply couldn't dispel my emotion. Or … [Read more...]

For When You Need to Lay Your Dream Down

For When You Need to Lay Your Dream Down

  Within 2 years of being married, the children started coming. Like any new mom, I began forming dreams for them, imagining what their coming years would be like. Now, nearly 12 years later, there are some dreams I've had to lay down. I'm writing about it over at God-sized Dreams today. Will you join me there? Click here to read at … [Read more...]

These Days

These Days

The hymn stuck with me since childhood, but it isn't until adulthood that I began to understand the journey: (Can't see the video? Try here.) I thought Freedom was my word for 2013, but I was wrong. I'm seeing now that it is my battle cry for life. 2013 was the beginning--God's invitation to me to step into my calling: be free so you can … [Read more...]

My Voice?

My Voice?

Today, the Faith Jam community writes from the heart, not concerned so much about style, perfection, and popularity. Bonnie's prompt for us: Finding Your Voice   I gulped, tempted to panic for a split second. I mean, wouldn't you? If you took a look at an application and saw: It wasn't the URL part or even the blog post … [Read more...]