The Inspiration Cycle

We moms want to inspire our kids. Just having children makes us strive to be the best versions of ourselves, examples we hope they’ll want to emulate. But in some ways, my kids have already surpassed that goal, and now, they inspire me. My 14-year-old son started a YouTube channel this summer, where he posts… Continue reading The Inspiration Cycle

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Honey for Warriors

Because we work in children’s ministry on Sunday mornings, my family and I don’t often hear sermons during that time. On one hand, I enjoy the spiritual health I maintain by studying on my own. Seeing a familiar Bible passage in fresh light, as I often do with the children’s stories I teach, is an… Continue reading Honey for Warriors

How to Create Your Best Blog

Thanks to Lifestyle Prayers for the inspirational push to write this post. To show respect for my readers, I believe that every post I publish should reflect my best efforts. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of ten guidelines by which I write and lay out my posts – based not only… Continue reading How to Create Your Best Blog

Self-Care, or Narcissism?

It has been an interesting week in my household, to say the least. On Monday, we celebrated the passing into Heaven of my husband’s grandmother at her beautiful funeral service. (You can read more about that here.) For me, Tuesday was taken up with the completion of a writing deadline. Deadlines are nothing new to… Continue reading Self-Care, or Narcissism?

A Joyful Funeral

In my last post, I wrote about my husband’s grandmother, Elsie, who passed away last week. Her funeral was today. What I enjoyed most about Elsie’s funeral (does that sound odd, to say that I enjoyed it?) was the evidence of joy in the midst of sorrow. Most everyone who attended her funeral, and certainly… Continue reading A Joyful Funeral

Beyond the Sunset

Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning When with our Savior, heaven is begun Earth's toiling ended, O glory dawning Beyond the sunset, when day is done When an elderly person dies peacefully and in good health, we consider them to have concluded their life on earth in a most blessed way. We hope that one… Continue reading Beyond the Sunset

Healthy Substitutions & Changing Palates

Since my family and I have cut our consumption of carbs and processed foods, I have been on the hunt for healthy recipes that replicate the taste of treats containing refined sugars and flour. Months ago, our first attempt was a carrot muffin recipe that was an abysmal fail. The lumpy results had a texture… Continue reading Healthy Substitutions & Changing Palates

Is Not This The Christ?

Consider this: when the woman at the well ran to tell her fellow townspeople, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" (John 4:29) she was excited about far more than the fact that Jesus inexplicably knew intimate details of her life. Let’s start at… Continue reading Is Not This The Christ?

The Privilege of Fasting

During a recent discussion about fasting, my family and I pondered the fact that while we choose to fast, much of the world is forced to fast, or even to starve. We are so ridiculously blessed that we have the option of ignoring a fully stocked pantry and refrigerator, and abstaining from food for a… Continue reading The Privilege of Fasting

Teaching the Tough Truths of Scripture

Last Sunday, it was truly a pleasure to teach the children at my church after several weeks away. We’d had two weeks of services canceled because of bad weather, and we missed another week because of attending a memorial service for the son of a fellow firefighter (my husband is a lieutenant for the fire… Continue reading Teaching the Tough Truths of Scripture