Family Identities are Kingdom Tools! The Good News, The Bad News, and The God News Family: the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head; a group of persons of common ancestry; a group of things related by common characteristics. Although technically, Merriam-Webster…Read More
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For expectant mommies in every age and stage of life!
Dear Mommy-to-be, Congratulations, little mama! You’re in the home stretch, and it’s almost time to hold your newest little nugget in your arms. As you prepare to welcome a new tiny human into this big scary world, may I share just a few thoughts from the Word of God? Thoughts meant to encourage your heart…Read More
I’ve been cleaning and organizing lately. (That won’t be a surprise to some of you!) Having grown up in an incredibly cluttered and dirty home, clean surfaces and organized closets are pretty high on my priority list. My family jokes– at least I think they’re joking– about how often they can’t find things because mom…Read More
CREATION IS CALLING!
What a beautiful time of the year! This week’s Snatching Joy tip is absolutely soul-filling. Every day, make sure you make time to get outside and revel in God’s creation. Find a few moments each day to (by yourself) stand in awe as you consider the work of the Lord’s hands. Gather some leaves, pinecones,…Read More
WE COULD … WE SHOULD … SO, WHY DON’T WE?
What’s the “Communication Temperature” like in your home right now? After months of spending more quality time than usual with one another, are the words that your family is sharing cool, revitalizing words of encouragement? Or, is your communication heating up with volatile sarcasm and pointed words of accusation? I’m always amazed (actually ashamed) by…Read More
A Christian Family … Really?
If someone were to ask, how would you define your family? Would you say that you are a Christian family? I’ve been thinking about that question lately. As I read Romans Chapter 9 this morning, I believe God has given me some clarity of thought. It’s been helpful to me, and I hope it’s useful…Read More
Block It Out
As we see each week in the Scriptures, God has provided avenues for us to find our joy. But like everything else in our Christian walk, joy is a matter of putting on and putting off. Besides putting on joy-building disciplines, sometimes we need to put off joy-robbing distractions. This week’s joy tip is…Read More
But Are We Victims?
It has undoubtedly been a challenging few months! The pandemic’s disruption has caused every member of our family to make some new and unwanted changes to the normalcy of their lives. Yes, those changes have caused disruption and disappointments. However, what we’re too often hearing parents communicate, either verbally or through their social media posts,…Read More
This Empty Nest is OPEN FOR BUSINESS
My baby left for college last week… After 33.5 years of constant children in the house, for the first time, we find ourselves “empty nesters.” I have to be honest; the emotions are bittersweet. I’m so excited for Tate and for the new adventures he’s going to experience, but at the same time, there’s a…Read More
What Wouldn’t Jesus Do?
Does our world seem upside down lately? Are you like me? Do you wake up each morning wondering what new problem is going to rear its ugly head, what new catastrophe will arise, what new issue will claw its way into our collective conscience? These last few months have taken a toll. They have…Read More