I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my … More Pressing On
For the past few weeks I have been feeling overwhelmed with all I do. I’m not trying to puff myself up here, but I work hard at my day job, and my husband calls me a volunteeraholic for how I choose to spend my free time. But I’ve been thinking I need to dial it … More Time is a gift for singles
What does real kindness look like? Do we have to be kind to others who aren’t? Thinking about kindness in different forms through Ruth’s story has helped me keep my focus on God when others aren’t being too kind to me. When others are failing to do their part at work, or when another selfish driver cuts … More What does kindness really look like?
Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. … More Where you go, I’ll go
The end of last week was a little rough for husband and me. Others far away at heart but close in reality took advantage of our time, our good faith efforts, and our trust. I’d like to walk away from them, but family ties prevent that at the moment. While venting about their lack of … More Giving up and giving praise
Eight months into our marriage, while reviewing some paperwork, I stumbled onto a secret my husband had been hiding from me for almost 6 months. It was nothing morally wrong. It didn’t bankrupt us. It wasn’t creepy. But I felt deceived and dishonored. How could he keep something like this from me for so long? … More Unbridled by forgiveness
On our 10-month anniversary I mulled over what God and my husband have shown me about our marriage and what we need to do to keep it healthy. Today is our first anniversary. I’d like to jump up and pump both fists while shouting “YES” at a library-inappropriate level in honor of the difficulties we’ve … More Two more things I’ve learned about marriage
Away from the constant churn of our daily lives, we realize that daily life takes a toll on us. We are not craving just a relaxing weekend on a lake. We crave hospitality: the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.
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“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.” Reading Psalm 61 has been so good for me because I am not the best at prayer. I forget to regularly tune out the world and turn my thoughts and my heart up to God. When I do remember, it’s usually while I am driving, or … More The refuge of prayer
Fun fact: I love Instagram. I’ve loved taking pictures and curating photographs since my eighth birthday, when my parents gave me a 110 mm camera. In high school, when I found myself enrolled in Photo II instead of Photo I, and the expectation was that I already knew how to operate an SLR (I did not) … More InstaGlory