Sermon Notes Sunday: Lies in our Head

Speaking of Satan..."...He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44 "The battle for your soul is in your mind." Pastor Kyle Satan will use... Continue Reading →

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Maybe I want a quiet, simple life

Maybe I don't want to participate in the rat race, the breaking of the glass ceiling, or climbing the corporate ladder. Maybe I don't want to be so busy that I wear busy like a badge of honor. Maybe I don't want to keep up with the Jones', live beyond my means, or have a... Continue Reading →

Words for thought

It's been a crazy, stress-filled week and a half. I am trying, really hard, to stay calm. Last week ended with finally finishing up a huge project at work that had my anxiety monster going crazy. I didn't get fired (yet) because, like I said, I am crazy. I mean, my anxiety monster  is crazy...I might... Continue Reading →

Inspiring Free Books for Spring

Spring. When nature claims and creates anew. It's also the perfect time for us to create anew in ourselves, too. To begin anew, recreate, reclaim our new year's resolution or one word for 2017. Are you ready for a little spring renew? Then give yourself the gift of inspiring reading this spring with these free print... Continue Reading →

Gratitude on bad days

Yesterday was a very long hard day. Actually the last 3 weeks have been pretty hard. But yesterday? It was a crazy shit-show. That's a little term we say in the printing world when things go very wrong, and you may or may not be the cause of it. There are three things I hate: Letting people... Continue Reading →

The Making of Prayer Flags

High in the Tibetan Himalayan, colorful flags of blue, white, red, green, and yellow flutter in the wind. These are Tibetan prayer flags. "Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and... Continue Reading →

One Little Word :: 2017 #prayer

Do you make New Years resolutions? Not me. I always have good intentions to get in shape. Then, by February I am sitting on the couch eating guacamole and chips, watching The Biggest Loser. Instead of a resolution I choose One Word. One word helps keep me focused for 365 days. There is only one... Continue Reading →

Legend of the Silver Pine Cones

ADVENT // Day One There is an old German legend that goes something like this: Once upon a time there was a poor family without enough food to eat or wood for a fire. The mother decided to go into the forest to search for pine cones; which she could burn for warmth. Perhaps, she... Continue Reading →

Gratitude on Display

One thing we do in November is put our gratitude on display. Practicing gratitude trains us to be in the moment, to slow down when life gets crazy, look around and realize life is pretty awesome. It won't take away our troubles but, the deliberate act of practicing gratitude at the end of the day... Continue Reading →

The rules we break.

You can't eat pizza for breakfast. Or grilled cheese. You can't eat ice cream for dinner, either. Your clothes have to match. So do your socks. You can't write in your Bible. You must have birthday cake on your birthday. You shall not sing loudly in church if you can't carry a tune in a... Continue Reading →

10 gifts that give back

Now that everyone is in a post-Halloween induced candy coma we can start thinking about Christmas. What? No? Okay, usually I say, "No Christmas talk until after Thanksgiving." But here's the deal: sometimes you need to think ahead. Like, when you want to give gifts that give back to humanity. Gifts that say more than,... Continue Reading →

Counting your blessings

Sometimes it's easier to focus on the negative. This world is sort of built for the negative. It's not what you have, but what you should have. That kind of mentality is all around us. Sometimes it's easier to dwell on the ones who have wronged us rather than the ones who bring joy into... Continue Reading →

5 women who fought for your right to vote. Don’t let them down.

I don't know about you, but I need to take a nap from this election season. There is so much hate, and rhetoric, and more hate coming from both sides that it makes some people I know say, "Forget it! I am not voting." Honestly, who can blame them? But, here's the thing, ladies: you... Continue Reading →

Sometimes you just need quiet time

Sometimes you need a little quiet time. Time to just breathe, decompress, take a break from the world. Because this world is loud.  I don't just need my quiet time...I crave it. Especially when I am being pulled every which way at work and again at home. When my days, weeks, are non-stop noise. Being... Continue Reading →

Planting Small Seeds

Last month I wrote about my Small Seeds Bible Campaign for Gospel for Asia. I talked about reaching my campaign goal earlier this year, and why not up the campaign ante? Today I opened my email to find Small Seeds have blessed GFA missionaries once again by exceeding that Bible campaign goal of $200! What... Continue Reading →

I will always be a new mom

I've officially been a mother now for a little over 14 years. Long gone are the days of having a new-born who won't sleep through the night. Those days were so awkward. I didn't know what the heck I was doing, what was the "right" way to do this mothering thing. There were so many questions.... Continue Reading →

Small Seeds Bible Campaign

LISTEN TO THIS: There are 80,000 people who will die today in South Asia without ever hearing about Jesus Christ. They don't know his name, let alone that He died for them. Let that sink in a moment. They don't know HIM. 97% of these unreached people live in an area called the 10/40 window. Yet,... Continue Reading →

This is the summer that…

This summer found the girls getting an education on how their mama grew up in Missouri. And a culture shock for these city girls. It's a hillbilly life, for sure. You can read about it here. My mama skills were tested to the max. This the summer I discovered all is not well in my house.... Continue Reading →

Gratitude and Prayer

My One Little Word (OLW) for 2016 is gratitude. And yet, here it is almost August, and I have written about gratitude...maybe three times? I haven't counted, but it's been a long time. In the gratitude journal that sits on my bedside table, I've long stopped writing a gratitude list everyday. It's turned into more... Continue Reading →

Dear moms of teens, it’s time we stick together.

Dear moms of teens, It's time we stick together. Seemingly good teens will make bad decisions. Sometimes they don't get caught, or it takes months before the truth comes out. Sometimes they get caught doing something with potentially dangerous consequences. And when they get caught, we moms have to stick together. And stop the finger... Continue Reading →

May in Photos plus a Recipe

May has been crazy. It's been a frantic race to the finish line to summer break. Every year I say this is the year I grow herbs in a pot. And then I kill it. The cilantro tasted great while it lasted. Sitting in rush hour traffic, with a rainbow in my rear view. It's... Continue Reading →

There will always be someone who does it better

In life,  no matter what you are doing; no matter how much experience you have at your job; no matter the advanced degree that require post-nominal acronyms after your name; no matter if you’ve been doing it—whatever it may be—for 4 years or 40 years…there will always be someone who does it better. Or, at... Continue Reading →

Because I haven’t posted in a month

So. I haven't posted in a month. Can I make it up to you with my new favorite chocolate chip muffin recipe? The recipe can be found on Cooking Classy. We made 36 for Parker's class read-in. It was to celebrate finally wrapping up PARCC testing. And they are #damndelicious! My mom sent me wall... Continue Reading →

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