new joy marriage and family




I am probably what change experts would call a laggard. Continue reading “Change”

Loving the One I Choose (a guest post)

I am so excited to introduce our newest guest writer, Pastor Sonya. She is a woman of few words, Continue reading “Loving the One I Choose (a guest post)”

waiting (a guest post)

Pastor Laura, who is officially on maternity leave and is very patiently and actively waiting for her third baby to arrive, has somehow also found time to write this beautiful post. Continue reading “waiting (a guest post)”


A woman just recently asked me, “Is it normal to feel so disconnected at church?”

Continue reading “Friendship”


This weekend I had the pleasure of “retreating” with forty other woman and was offered the gift of hearing some of their stories of heartbreak, hope, faith and resilience.

Continue reading “Treasures”

Connecting with God in the Midst of Crazy

I vaguely remember what it was like to be a mom of a baby. The sleepless nights

Continue reading “Connecting with God in the Midst of Crazy”

Restoring the Wonder of Easter

Easter, the crux of my existence as a child of God, is just around the corner but this year I feel ill-prepared to celebrate this beautiful holiday.

Continue reading “Restoring the Wonder of Easter”

about debt (guest post)

I am so happy to share this post with you, written by our very own Pastor Laura (you may remember her from this past post). She writes about something rarely talked about in church,

Continue reading “about debt (guest post)”


This past weekend our pastoral team had the privilege of speaking at our church’s youth group girls’ retreat . I had the topic of identity – something that most teenagers struggle with as they learn to become independent from their parents while also dealing with in-your-face social and peer pressure. In the time I had, I hopefully imparted to these beautiful girls the importance of knowing their identity in Christ but I came away from my session wishing that I could speak to their parents instead. Because while a one-day retreat listening to strong powerful women speak about teen-relevant topics can be beneficial, it does not come close to the influence a parent has on their child’s ideas of self-worth and identity. Continue reading “Identity”

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