Do the Thing that Makes Your Heart Sing

The greatest gift you can give to the world is yourself. Your own, unique, creative self. To make something out of nothing is a sacred and holy act.  If what you dream will bring forth any good, if it will make another feel less alone, if it will put words or melody to a person’s emotions, if itContinue reading “Do the Thing that Makes Your Heart Sing”

Comforted to Comfort

Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God– 2 Corinthians 1:4 I had just turned twenty-one when I found myself staring down at a pregnancy test that had two pink lines in the result box. Those lines only meantContinue reading “Comforted to Comfort”

Mothering, Identity and Putting Our Family First

I used to think that I wanted to do something big for God. I kept telling Him I would do anything, and with that, I expected that He would tell me to do something crazy hard like sell all my stuff and move to Africa to become a missionary. For many years I thought that to do something big for God meant that I would work at a church or start up a non-profit or a ministry or preach the gospel to the masses. I wasn’t quite sure what it was that He’d want me to do but I was sure it had to be something grandiose and lavish. Something that I would be proud of and would make a difference in the world.

Our Adoption Story Part 2: Waiting and Listening

My eyes wait for You and You give me food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy me with favor. Psalm 145:15-16 He whispered to my heart that He wanted my family to care for orphans. Sometimes I wonder if I didn’t have a habit of spending time in His word if IContinue reading “Our Adoption Story Part 2: Waiting and Listening”

Body Beautiful

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14 I’ve always been on the bigger side. I was a ten-pound baby and now I am a five foot, ten inch woman. I have big bones. I have big hands, so big thatContinue reading “Body Beautiful”

Margin: Making Room for Me

I keep my heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 I was so tired. It was early still, only 9:30 pm. I had just tucked the kids in bed. Usually that’s when I’d go downstairs and read or watch something until 11:00 or so, but that particularContinue reading “Margin: Making Room for Me”

Our Adoption Story Part 1: Desire

It’s funny how God works. Even as a little girl I remember saying that I wanted to adopt children. I didn’t know any families who had adopted but I thought, “why would I have my own kids when there are so many children out there who need a home?” I was just a little girl,Continue reading “Our Adoption Story Part 1: Desire”

Mama: The Unsung Hero

Train the young women to love their husbands and children. To be self controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God might not be reviled. Titus 2:4-5 We all want it, to be important, to matter. To feel like we are making a difference in the world.Continue reading “Mama: The Unsung Hero”