Heart and Soul

Hello, 2018

Another 365 days in the books. Another year of plot twists, victories, and struggles written in the story of your life. Full of highs and lows, your ordinary days make up your seasons. I pray it has been a year of peace, grace, love, and wholeness. I pray redemption and resurrection have been the neverending […] Read more…

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The Dark and Bright Side of Christmas

It is nearly impossible to escape the heaviness of our time. Fires in California. Shootings. Famine. Wars. Slavery. Hurricanes. Rampant sexual abuse. It is all so much. After the kids go down to bed, I scroll through Facebook and after ten minutes, my heart aches. Sometimes, I’m paralyzed by what I read. I feel helpless, […] Read more…

You Do You!

So many of us are built for far more than we may be doing in this season and that is O.K., but what is not O.K. is denying your longing to do more at some point in your life. I recently listened to a podcast about a woman who really struggled when her kids were […] Read more…

What To Do When the World is Hurting

More than ever it’s imperative to be on our knees asking the Lord to draw near. To rest on His scriptures of comfort and care when it seems everything is scary and dark. To invite Him to stir us toward love for those we understand and even more so for those we don’t. He is […] Read more…

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That Time We Didn’t Make It To the Patch

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This blog post originally posted October of 2016. It was an unassuming October day. The kids were home. Seven stormy days of rain were on their way. My willingness to be outside with my kids would end at 7 pm and resume once the rain had cleared. Indeed, as I write this the lights flicker […] Read more…

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Hot Coffee and Honest Conversation

This past Friday morning, I sipped my hot coffee while I chatted with a dark-haired Peruvian woman who sat snug on my couch. A mutual friend had connected the two of us because we shared various similarities in our stories. We were both adopted from outside the U.S and appear visibly different in skin tone […] Read more…

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3 Things To Do For A Friend In Crisis

The past few weeks I’ve been saddened by the pain and grief of those closest to me and those I know only casually. I once it heard it said that you are either in a season of suffering, you just walked through a season of suffering, or perhaps, a season of suffering is around the […] Read more…

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Water Balloons, Popcorn, and Books

Summer is nearly here. My son waves Kindergarten goodbye this Friday at noon, so naturally, I hit up Costco for water balloons and popcorn like I’m Superwoman or something. I shall not only endure but enjoy this summer with water balloons, sweet ‘n’ salty popcorn, and books! As I’m headed into summer armed with a […] Read more…

Not My Will

Guest Post by Meghan Ryan So I’ve been hearing the same thing everywhere I go the last few weeks: not my will, but Yours be done (Luke 22:42). Okay, I know what that means. It doesn’t take some profound theology to understand that I need to surrender my plans, my will, and my life to […] Read more…

How Will You Spend Your Summer?

The sun peaks through the clouds to signal signs of summer. Before not too long, those of us with school-age children will have 10 weeks of kids at home 24/7. In no time at all, we’ll welcome backyard BBQs, iced coffees, and hikes. It’s magical. With just 2 1/2 weeks until my oldest is home for the summer I’m […] Read more…

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