My Baby Went on a Date…And Now I’m Ready for Jesus to Return

It is amazing to me, how many high and holy standards I’ve lowered over my 16 years of parenting. From my stalwart pledge against processed foods at the birth of my first, to ardently vowing I’d never give a child under 15 a cell phone (tapped out at 13) the amount of platitudes I’ve let slump or even tossed out the window, when parenthood gets real, is near shameful. I realize the slumping of standards only increases as we have more kids and it’s not like we’re not talkin’ moral decay or safety risks, but seriously, the things I let my youngest do compared to the bubble my oldest my first dwelled in, is pretty egregious. I think Jack’s bedtime was 8 p.m. ‘til 13, and I actually couldn’t find my youngest for about ten minutes last night. “WHERE is Kenai, guys?!”

But of all the parenting fortitudes I’ve let slide due to a lack of time, energy, and the general decay of first time parent delusion, I think I’ve seen the most extreme veer from my own rules after receiving the most shocking answer to a very common question in our house, every time an action movie comes out in the theaters…..Read more

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Ode to Jen Hatmaker (Apologies in Advance)

We all have those special people inspiring us on our personal or professional journeys along the way. It could be spiritual leaders, athletes or overcomers in addictions and struggles we’ve faced, like Joyce Meyer, whose Battlefield of the Mind helped me realize nicknaming myself “black cloud” wasn’t the best way to usher in spiritual blessings. I’m also one of the millions of women who’ve sobbed their way through inner healing workbooks thanks to another great, Beth Moore. But of all the great leaders, writers and thinkers I’ve connected with through the years, Jen Hatmaker has to be my number one fav. Read more…

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You Know You’re an Un-Mom When…

For those of us who find motherhood a bit less ‘natural’ than expected, life can feel more like a circus than a life choice. While some women seem to be bred, or at least appear successful at managing the daily tasks of motherhood without having break downs in the produce aisle with toddlers, us “un-moms” find parenthood a little more challenging and a lot more ridiculous, depending on the amount of children napping at the moment. However contrary to what some might believe, un-moms don’t consider themselves victims of our ovaries, whining about motherhood and counting the seconds ‘til bed time every day. We love being a mom, and cherish our kids, but we’re a bit less Proverbs 31 woman and more Lucille Ball when it comes down to it. But rather than feeling defeated or “less than,” when compared to those more organized, ‘together’ kind of mamas, God’s showed me how to let go of my need for perfection and appreciate the free-spirited, joy-centered mom I am, despite endlessly burnt dinners and the amount of times my kids board the bus with mismatched socks. Here are ways that you can identify, and celebrate, if you too, are an un-mom…

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This One’s for the Single Mamas…We’ll Laugh, Some Day

Ah water. The Lifeblood of the human race. The bringer of hot showers and the main ingredient to radiant skin. And the reason one unhinged single mother almost lost her marbles when preparing to chisel away at the evergreen pile of sink-dwelling dishes one recent morn. Because instead the gush of water one normally expects upon commencing this terrible chore, I was met with an eerie silence from the faucet, and zero H2O. No no no no no no

Now a responsible woman in her mid (okay, late) thirties might ask herself, what could possibly be causing this sudden lack of water? Some kind of pipe dysfunction, or perhaps a municipal shutoff? I however, being the 12 year-old equivalent of a homeowner new exactly what it was… Read More

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Tellin’ Ya. He Just Keeps Getting Better.

I love Bethel Music. I basically live morning, noon, and night with my Youtube blasting their latest worship sets, dreaming of being a worship leader while high-tailing it to take the kids to school or schlepping it across two interstates to the office. Take me away, Lord.

But recently, when visiting my sister in Kansas City, where I immediately found my station to dance with my new baby niece, my sister did the unthinkable, and playfully mocked my latest favorite, “He Keeps on Getting Better”.  My sister’s laughter was based on her witty assumption that if God is purely good, how on Earth could he keep getting better? Read More…

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I Prayed Over a Stranger, and Mercifully, Live to Tell

I recently had the most incredible God moment of my sorted life; ironically not during a church or ministry activity, but at the movie theater while being tortured with another action movie with my 16-year-old son. When taking a merciful bathroom break for two minutes of sweet peace, I passed a teenage girl leaning against the wall, looking very pregnant, and very sad. I have a special place in my heart for single moms, so of course I did my moral duty and said a quick prayer while examining my roots in the restroom mirror. Dang split ends… But then, as clear as day, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to go pray with her. Read more…

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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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