They will go their own way

Let's just be honest here. We all are freaked out about raising kids. All moms fear messing up our kids big time. Like, they will need therapy big. When my kids were younger, parenting felt tough, but manageable. Daughter has temper-tantrums? There's a book, a blog post, or at least advise from a friend to... Continue Reading →

Don’t be Alarmed

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone... 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 →

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 →

Small Seeds Bible Campaign

LISTEN TO THIS:┬áThere 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 →

3 gifts I am giving my kids this Christmas (hint: it’s not things)

It wasn't that long ago that my now teenage daughter's only wish for under the Christmas tree was a beloved Princess Anneliese dress-up dress. It was decked out in pink and sparkles. What other color would it be? Oh, how times have changed! If you live with a teenager, you know what I mean. A... Continue Reading →

Times have changed but the fear is the same

I came of age in the 80s, singing along with my cassette tapes "like a virgin" before I really understood what that song meant. It was a time when every teenage girl in my small town wanted to be like Madonna or Cyndi Lauper. "Girls just wanna have fun" was our anthem. Neon, large earrings,... Continue Reading →

We Should Stop Putting Celebrity Christians on Pedestals

Here we go again. Another celebrity Christian has fallen (or was pushed) off his pedestal. If you live under a rock, let me get you caught up, because it's a doozy! The story broke last week that Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the Duggar clan and stars of the reality show "19 Kids and Counting",... Continue Reading →

The Rainbow Promise

Through the Bible, God makes a lot of promises to us. One such promise is a beautiful one. It's the rainbow promise. In Genesis, after the great flood, we are reminded of His promise to never again flood the earth and destroy everything.  GENESIS 9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all... Continue Reading →

Some days it can be hard to follow Christ instead of the world

Some days it can be hard to follow Christ instead of the world. And for that, I think God maybe disappointed and a little ashamed of me. Some days it's hard to display grace to others. Some days I try hard to be a 'good Christian' but know, deep down I am failing. And that... Continue Reading →

Who Was the Real Mary Magdalene?

The Bible doesn't tell us a lot about Mary Magdalene's past. Her back story is hidden from us, left to speculation by many.  Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, Jesus' wife, the most loved disciple and Peter's adversary? We can speculation all day long, or we can look to the Bible for clues about the real... Continue Reading →

Don’t be Alarmed. He Has Risen!

  When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the... Continue Reading →

The Power of Prayer is Real

Have you ever prayed for something that you wanted/needed badly? Have you ever prayed for healing, whether for yourself or a loved one? Were those prayers answered? I have, so I know the power of prayer is real. It's not to say those prayers were answered just the way I wanted, because God answers prayers,... Continue Reading →

A Love List for Jesus

Because we don't say "I love you" enough. Because sometimes we 'forget' to say it. Just in time for Valentine's Day...A love list for Jesus. Because it needs to be said.  He said the truth, not what people wanted to hear. He wasn't afraid to call out the Pharisees on their bad behavior. Luke 11:37-44... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas to You…

I designed a Christmas card this year...but in my quest to do less this year I became a total slacker. I also didn't get a few presents mailed out in time either, or even ordered in time....they will arrive after Christmas, which kind of defeats the purpose. But, hey, that's not what is important, right?... Continue Reading →

Making Macarons and December Daily Stuff

The prettiest of the cookies has to be the Macaron. This little French cookie is one I don't bake well. And, by 'don't bake well', I mean I bake something that resembles a hockey puck than a Macaron. Oh, I've tried...and failed. But this year I spied this little kit at, where else, Target. It... Continue Reading →

Not Every Little Girl is Celebrated | Gendercide in So Asia

I have two daughters. The first took nearly two years to conceive. Oh, how we tested, tried, and waited. We found out she was a she on 9/11. That 9/11. Is it possible to feel overwhelming sadness and joy on the same day? We painted walls in girl appropriate colors, bought little girly clothes, registered... Continue Reading →

If Jesus Had a Facebook Account…

  Do you spend more time 'liking' status updates of people you hardly know, more than liking the One who knows you best? Do you spend more time keeping up with the Kardashians than keeping up with your Bible study? Do you follow more blogs than you follow Peter's example? (This blog excluded, of course.)... Continue Reading →

Bible Journaling | Works for Me

I may have mentioned once or twice (or more) how I like to highlight books I am reading. I highlight passages I don't want to forget. I take notes in the margins. This is why I can never lend out my books to friends. Who wants to read a book with highlighter and notes written... Continue Reading →

Seek the Light

LIGHT. It's the morning dew glistening at sunrise. It's the shadows cast through a window. It's the hope in the dawn of a new day. It's the reflections on a lake that shimmer like glitter. It's the glorious painted sky of sunset He created just for you. It's the light that shows us the way.... Continue Reading →

A Christian Girl Walks into a Bat Mitzvah…

No, it's not a joke with a punchline. I was recently invited to share in a friend's Bat Mitzvah. I am a little ashamed to say I have lived a rather sheltered Christian life. I grew up in a Nazarene Church. For a time during my teenage years I was exposed to what I can... Continue Reading →

What to do When it Feels Like the World is Falling Apart

Okay. So. I had a post ready for today. It is thoughts on our summer bible reading of Ephesians 5. I can't post that today. My heart is heavy. I can't post that when planes are shot down. When Hamas is raging war against Israel. When ISIS is persecuting Christians, forcing them from their homeland... Continue Reading →

Leap of Faith | Ephesians 3

My One Word for 2014 is Leap. It's all about leaping to find my writing voice in the blog. Leap and trust His plan. Leap and plant Small Seeds. Have the guts to leap. I have been refocusing on that word lately. This week's Bible study of Ephesians 3 screams of leaping. At times I... Continue Reading →

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