Spiritual Growth

5 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Easter {with Reading Calendar}

If you are anything like me, it's easy to get caught up in the rush of obligations around holidays. I'm already trying to formulate our plan for Easter morning as we head to church and then juggle time with our families. But this year, I want it to be different. I want to focus on… Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Easter {with Reading Calendar}

Journaling, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

Where Are Your Feet Taking You?

I get discouraged when I don’t feel like I’m being transformed, even though I’m trying to diligently study God’s word and desire fellowship with him. When I don’t feel different in the sense of experiencing this grand overarching mad-love for Jesus or when I don’t seem to feel him near, I slowly slide into the… Continue reading Where Are Your Feet Taking You?

Journaling, Spiritual Growth

Slime Slinging and a Woman Named Damaris

My son recently discovered the joy of building blocks. He painstakingly gathers both pieces in his chubby baby-not-quite-toddler hands and angles them together to connect. Sometimes the ends don't fit and he grumbles in frustration, but when they do, he looks up with his big blue eyes to see if anyone noticed. He'll hold up… Continue reading Slime Slinging and a Woman Named Damaris

Spiritual Growth, The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

This Is Advent | The Stretched Out Threads of Grace

The tree is in the corner of our living room. Its lights are bright and the ornaments are high so a certain little boy doesn't mess with them. I splurged on embroidered stockings last year and they hang off the blanket ladder to the right of the tree. All gifts have been ordered and wrapped… Continue reading This Is Advent | The Stretched Out Threads of Grace

Spiritual Growth, The Motherhood Chapters

Against His Chest | Experiencing the Presence of God in Motherhood

He hasn’t been an easy baby, we say. As his personality continues to develop, his stubborn streak appears. We think he’s going to be a strong-willed child.  It’s a good thing God made him so cute, we say. Even in the overwhelming cuteness, our sanity dangles at times.  The challenging newborn phase isn’t so far… Continue reading Against His Chest | Experiencing the Presence of God in Motherhood

Parenting, Spiritual Growth, The Motherhood Chapters

Rocking Chair Hymns

It's 2:14am. I sit in the nursery rocking. Back and forth. Back and forth. The chair squeaks in cadence to the rhythmic movement. A half asleep son is in my arms. He slept so well during months two and three, but I'm finding myself having these middle of the night rocking sessions once again in… Continue reading Rocking Chair Hymns

Spiritual Growth

“She Has Chosen What is Better”

Love is the most powerful motivator in the world. It spurs mortals to greatness. Their noblest and bravest acts are done for love. - Rick Riordan A couple of weeks ago I was driving on the way to church and happened to look in my rear view mirror. Suddenly, I had an overwhelming sense of deja… Continue reading “She Has Chosen What is Better”