Pray for Teeth and Talent: Training for the Soul

Pray for Teeth and Talent When my oldest child was eleven, we noticed she had developed a small cavity in a baby tooth, perhaps the result of a brief but thorough period of sugar banditry from the pantry.  As this was a baby tooth and causing no discomfort, the...

Is My Dedication Really to Christ?

Is My Dedication Really to Christ? In essence this is what my 10 year meant when she asked, "If you had the choice of being killed by a sword or dying for Jesus, which would you choose?" Me: "I would choose to die for Jesus."  10 year old: "But that would really...

The Sparkle Box: A Christmas Tradition

Last year I wrote about a tradition I grew up with called, the silver box. The idea behind it is that with our friends and family we exchanged words of kindness. Our words were like a gift, wrapped up in a silver box with a silver bow, edifying and encouraging. Our...

Celebrate a Festival that Jesus Celebrated this Christmas Season!

Celebrating a Festival Jesus Celebrated this Christmas Season Never in my wildest dreams did I think our family would celebrate Hanukkah!  Would you?  I grew up enjoying everything Christmas and never gave Hanukkah a second thought.  It was a Jewish holiday and so it...

Enough: Seeing Past the Guilt

  You are Enough for God This is a topic that is hashed out regularly on blogs and sermons alike. I do not know that I have anything further to add to the conversation, but my hope is that someone reads this and knows that without a doubt - they are enough. The...

Souls Informed by Truth

Souls Informed by Truth My verse of the day today was Ecclesiastes 11:5. “As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.” -Ecclesiastes‬ ‭11:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Temptation to...

Off the Beaten Path

Ever since I was little, I've loved exploring. Encouraging our kids to explore is one main reason that I encourage them off the beaten path too! Sometimes, these adventures bring up reactions that I don't expect at all, which is exactly what happened on our last...

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