This One’s For You, Connie B!

As a full-time working mom of three boys, there’s a sacred few times a week I’m able to put down the laptop, bust out the guacamole and happily float off for an hour of blessed entertainment. I usually run to the Roku with the giddiness of a child at Disney’s gates. A recent Saturday night was no different as I buckled up for the latest season of my favorite show, Nashville. However, my joy quickly turned to sorrow as I found myself sobbing uncontrollably at the very unexpected loss of country queen, Rayna James. Read more…

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God, the Dream Maker

I am slightly unhinged, 5’9 proof of God’s immeasurable grace.
Since coming to know Him in my early 20s, God has always ‘wowed’ me. Even when I’ve veered from Him and made mistakes leading to difficult consequences, God has always answered my prayers, come to my rescue, and blessed me so much more than I deserve.
I’ve always been aware of God’s faithfulness and provision. But, this past year, I’ve literally been awestruck as my greatest dream has come true. A book I wrote in my stained-pink bathrobe, hiding from my kids at night, is about to get published. To me, this is as miraculous as if the Red Sea parted before my very eyes. Read More…
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Powerful Ways to Transform Your Thought Life

If day-dreaming were a sport, I’d be a gold medalist. Maybe it’s because I have three boys and therefore no time to think, but if given the opportunity, I could sit and stare at a blank wall for hours and be completely entertained. While there’s nothing wrong with getting carried away with your thoughts or having a particularly active imagination, the Lord recently put it on my heart to be more mindful of what I’m thinking and stay more focused and present with Him through my day. Read more…

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Best New Years Resolution, Ever

I love New Years. Something about new beginnings and new chances to improve always gives me a feeling of hope and excitement. Plus I just love champagne. It’s almost as invigorating as the idea of letting go of “the old” things you want to forget, or habits you want to change. Like running like an Olympian to catch the kids’ bus every day. Or drinking that seco-okay fourth cup of coffee before three. Read more…

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How I’ve Kept My Joy, Even Through the Stinky Seasons

I felt a literal blast of joy the other night, clutching my seat belt and praying in the spirit while my 16-year-old drove us around the block for the first time at night. Somewhere between the cul-de-sac and my near panic attack, we were astounded by this 20 foot high, illuminated “JOY” sign in the yard of someone clearly determined to let his Christmas fervor shine. Either that or he lost a bet. I loved that moment. Not only because I was able to regain my vital signs after Jack stopped the car, but it made me happy to see the word joy displayed so openly in a spiritually bleak New England, where most “joy” comes in a Starbucks cup. Read more…

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Top 5 Most Ridiculous Things About the Holidays

When us Gen Xer’s were young, we crafted hand-written Christmas lists, crossed our fingers and hoped Aunt Ruth would show up with a Barbie instead of her her timeless tradition of buying books and cardigans. There were no itemized digital lists with specific model numbers and sharable links. The Amazon wish list is the Type-A shopper’s dream. Simply upload every last gift request for each kid, share through Gmail or Facebook and there you have it: the most efficient way to guarantee loved ones stick with the plan. Read More…

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The Key to Victory: Trusting God

trustgod I wonder how drastically our lives would change if we completely trusted the Lord with everything. I wonder how many mistakes and heartaches would be avoided and how many of our dreams and hopes would be realized more quickly if we trusted God instead of growing impatient and opting for a plan B that will let us down. Trusting God seems like it should come easily to Christians, but how often have we found ourselves in a wrong relationship, making a bad financial decision, or relying on our own strength because we grew tired of “trusting the Lord and leaning not on our own understanding?” I think the last time I leaned on my own understanding, I unknowingly joined an illegal pyramid scheme. Good times. Read More…

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Our Faith Must be Hiding Under Trump’s Hair

indexI’ve made it through an entire election season without a peep. Not a Facebook share, not a Tweet, not a friggin’ blog post about anything political. Divisiveness destroys us, and after our choice of candidates plummeted to a decision between a would-be felon and a butt-grabbing egomaniac, I checked out. But even the strongest powers of denial have their limits, and after witnessing the irrational spewage of hate and crazy on social media this week, specifically from born again Christians, I fold. Read More…

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Five Truths We Forget, that Keep us Close to God

baby-mother-tree_siIf I look back at the seasons of my life since becoming a Christian, there is an absolute correlation between my closeness with God and the quality of my relationships, finances, ministry, career path…pretty much everything else in life. I’m pretty sure my hair grew faster. This shouldn’t come as a shock, of course. We all know life improves when we’re in God’s will, because he not only knows what’s best for us, he desires it. The problem is, even the strongest of Christians can lose sight of the simplest of truths and fall out of good habits, ultimately leading to experiencing less God and a less abundant life. Here are a few solid reminders we all need now and again. Read more…

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Five Truths about the Power of Forgiveness

forgive-finger-art_siForgiveness is a staple of the Christian faith. We know that Christ died so we can receive forgiveness, and we know we’re called to forgive others. But sometimes we might not fully grasp the necessity and power of true forgiveness due to a lack of knowledge, or feelings of bitterness we haven’t dealt with. Here are a few truths to remember about forgiving. Read…

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