When Body Image Becomes an Idol

During my high school years, I struggled with an eating disorder. Any weight gain was unacceptable to me–even that which was part of normal growth and development. If the numbers on the scale went up or I had to size up in clothing, I freaked out. Having total control over my body was so important…

Your Kids Need Your Patience, Not Your Power

  There are times when I’m reading God’s Word and a verse seems to literally jump off the page at me. Maybe a light bulb of understanding flashes on in my mind or a connection is made for the first time. Most often, the lamp of God’s Word shines deep within, and His Spirit pricks…

The Home as the Hub of Life on Mission

Our family is in the process of moving from one house to another, and I’m kind of feeling all the feels about it. There’s the nostalgia and twinge of sadness as we say goodbye to a house where we’ve made sweet memories and grown as a family, but there’s also the excitement about a new…

Trusting God in Transition

“Go where you’re sent, Stay where you’re put, Unpack. And give what you’ve got Until you’re done.” –Jill Briscoe When I came across this quote on Instagram, it resonated with me. Such good wisdom. Simple instructions. So seemingly clear cut. Almost exactly four years ago, we answered the call to move back to Alabama from…

What I want for you Most

To my boys…my little arrows…my warriors in training: I often think about what I want for you most.  Hopes deep within my soul turn into prayers poured  from my heart and oftentimes whispered from my lips throughout my days. Do I want you to have good health and talent and success and a life of…

Expectancy

Expectancy changes everything. One’s perspective, planning, and worldview are all shaped and often altered by the expectation of something or someone’s coming.  I’ve thought much about expectancy recently as we are anticipating the arrival of our third son around Christmas Day. Our expectation of his arrival has altered our Christmas travel plans, affected the arrangement…

First-trimester: The blessing of weakness

I’ve just recently come through {survived} the first trimester of my third pregnancy, and while I am so thankful that this precious life is growing inside of me, I think it’s been the most challenging one yet. When I was pregnant with John Wicks, I shared some of the funnier parts of first-trimester pregnancy, and…

Motherhood

Here I am again. At the end of the day. At the end of myself. Motherhood has to be the hardest and most beautiful job on earth. Yes, messy and hard and beautiful and precious. It’s hard because people are hard. It’s messy because people are messy. And it’s beautiful and precious because people are…

Forget the Frock: 2015 Easter Campaign

I know the statistics. I’ve heard them and read them, and they bother me. 3 billion people–almost half the world’s population– live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty on less than $1.50 a day. 1 billion children worldwide live in poverty, and around 22,000 die each day…

Choosing what is better

I think busyness is one of the greatest hindrances to authentic, life-on-life disciple-making in the church. Being busy is not inherently bad. In fact, I think God means for us to live busy, productive lives for His Kingdom and His glory. He expects us to fulfill our responsibilities and steward well the resources He has…

Future Plans and the Pathway to Peace

This past December, I completed my last master’s class in the biblical counseling program at Southern, and my seminary journey—a truly life-transforming journey—came to a close. This coming March will mark two years that Adam has served as pastor of education in our local church here in North Alabama. Both of these milestones have spurred…

The light of the Gospel shines brightest at Christmas

If I had to choose one word for our 2014 year, it would be gospel. For us, this year has been about learning to live in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ—learning that no part of our lives is untouched by this good news. It is the gospel that must shape our marriage,…