Why “I’m Not Cut Out for That” Doesn’t Cut It

"I’m just not cut out for that,” I’ve often caught myself saying aloud or internally when faced with a task or ministry opportunity that looks uncomfortable for me. “I’m not cut out for that” is often code for “I don’t think that particular work looks like something I would enjoy or do well.” No one... 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 →

For All the Selfish Moms Like Me

Since becoming a mom, I’ve noticed that society—or at least, the Internet—often praises mothers as a group for their unselfishness, as if the mere act of becoming a mother automatically transforms women from regular people into selfless saints. Around Mother’s Day, memes will begin to circle social media praising the heroic selflessness of moms, and... 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 →

The Perception Problem

We live in a perception driven world—from the President of the United States who worries over approval ratings to the student sitting in the classroom who fusses over her Facebook likes—we all worry over the way we are being perceived by others. In fact, we diligently work at crafting a careful persona and often manipulate... Continue Reading →

The God Who Sees

"Mom! Come see!" my three-year-old son calls for the umpteenth time. I drag myself away from what I'm doing to ooh and ahh yet again over his newest magnetic tile creation. He isn't satisfied with his tower or roadway until it has been seen and appreciated by everyone within earshot. I was thinking of this... Continue Reading →

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