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On Being Pro-Life & how that means a whole lot more to me than you may think

Because of New York’s expanded protection of abortion and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, abortion has been in the news a lot this past week. That means my Facebook newsfeed has been filled with memes and articles and bumper sticker thoughts about abortion and life, about women’s choices and babies’ heartbeats. This week has…… Continue reading On Being Pro-Life & how that means a whole lot more to me than you may think

Family

On realizing I have three teenagers . . .

Tomorrow, my three oldest children leave with the church youth group for a big, ten-day trip to Florida. Because my three oldest children are teenagers. Teenagers. Y’all! Seriously! Do you get what this means??!! It means — half my children are teenagers. And the others aren’t far behind. Griffin, the BABY!, for heaven’s sake!, is eight-and-a-half.…… Continue reading On realizing I have three teenagers . . .

Family

Parenting to the Heart

I wrote this in June of 2008. And I sure need the reminder today.  Just in case anyone else needs this reminder right now too. . .  This morning, in his Father’s Day message, our pastor mentioned that our parenting should not be about performance.  We shouldn’t discipline to our children’s performance; we should aim…… Continue reading Parenting to the Heart

Blessings · Faith

The Ripple Effect ~ Jodie’s Story

I recently told you our house story. And I told you that the huge things God was doing in bringing us to this house don’t end with our family. I love how God ripples out the blessings when we tell other people what He’s up to in our lives! Throughout every step of finding this…… Continue reading The Ripple Effect ~ Jodie’s Story

Faith

Love – with all your broken, tattered heart, LOVE

Jesus was pretty clear about what he wanted his followers to do — love God and love other people. Over and over and over in the New Testament, we’re reminded to do everything in love, to be rooted in love, to bear with each other in love, to put on love like clothing, to spur…… Continue reading Love – with all your broken, tattered heart, LOVE

Faith · Grace

Repurposed Pain ~ My Messy Beautiful

This essay is part of the Messy Beautiful Warrior Project. To learn more about this project, click HERE.  To learn more about Glennon Doyle Melton’s bestselling memoir, Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, just released in paperback, click HERE.  No pain is ever wasted. Years ago, one of my mentors told…… Continue reading Repurposed Pain ~ My Messy Beautiful

Faith

We Are Weak Together

You know, I appreciate the idea that in my weakness I most see God’s strength manifested. I do. I appreciate the notion that I am completely dependent on God, totally reliant on Him to accomplish anything worthwhile. Those are good thoughts. They come straight from the Bible. I know those principles are true. Set against a lovely sunset…… Continue reading We Are Weak Together