3 Practical Ways to Unplug From Your Cell Phone

The average person substantially overuses his or her cell phone: just take a glance around a restaurant, waiting room or living room to see what I mean. You may even be among the overusers if . . . You panic when you cannot find your cell  phone. You check your social media accounts before rubbing... Continue Reading →

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Affirm God’s Good Design

Child rearing sometimes scares me. Intentionally or not, we shape our children with our attitudes, actions, beliefs and decisions. Case in point, much of our parenting practices manifest from our own upbringing. I would guess that your method of discipline, holiday traditions, education choices and church denomination reflect your own childhood experiences. Our upbringing provides... Continue Reading →

My Unpopular Word of the Year

You know how for the last several years, it’s been popular in January to choose a word to define your year? My husband and I were discussing this trend with some friends over New Year’s brunch and laughing at the cushy choices many people make: “Rest,” “Breathe,” “Simplify,” etc. We wondered what the apostle Paul... Continue Reading →

A Life of Advent

Observing Advent is a relatively new concept for me, but one I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy. This Advent season I’ve been studying the unlikely persons who make up the lineage of Christ (check out Grafted In by Amy Gannet). Many of us are well acquainted with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the forefathers of the faith.... Continue Reading →

When Mama Ain’t Happy

The old adage “when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” holds true in our house. I’ve noticed that my children’s emotions and attitudes often reflect my own. When I brood over an incident, the kids bicker at each other. When I rejoice over news, the kids gleefully torpedo around the house. When I grow quiet... Continue Reading →

Raising A Hero

We all want our children to grow up to be heroes. I personally melt every time my two year old son instinctively runs to help his younger brother who has fallen down. Even our society delights in heroism—just consider how many super-hero movies and television series have released in the last couple years. We love... Continue Reading →

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