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Friendship

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

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self-care (a guest post)

I’m so thankful for Pastor Laura and her willingness to write one more honest and full-of-wisdom post before she goes on maternity leave (I don’t know how she does it!!)

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Treasures

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.

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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

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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.

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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,

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A Man’s Perspective

As I gear up for a second weekend where my husband is away (last weekend was a men’s retreat, this weekend is work), I am reminded of how much I need my husband.

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An Apology

Dear Father of My Children:

It’s been too quiet lately. Normally you come home and you spend the better part of an hour wresting with our girls. This is usually accompanied by banshee-like screaming and squealing, until someone inevitably gets hurt and starts to cry (and this is usually not the 6-foot tall wrestler with a beard). This has been the norm in our house since our girls were able to walk. In fact, I think our girls learned what an arm bar was before they learned the alphabet. And while it’s been much more peaceful around our home without the tumbling and rolling around and without the stress I feel knowing that I will probably need to intervene, I have realized I was wrong. Continue reading “An Apology”

Identity

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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