Taking Hold of Christ's Purpose For Us

In Philippians 3:12 Paul says, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” To me, this is the great mystery of where God’s work in our lives and our own effort and choices beautifully intertwine. If you are a believer in Jesus, He has taken hold of you. But we also see that we have a part to play as well—to use our energies to go after what He’s taken hold of us for. In Paul’s case, Jesus had taken hold of him to be a light to the Gentiles and Paul was using his energy to fulfill that mission. Read more...

The Bigger Picture of Motherhood

As Mothers, our best efforts in life are spent on those we love - leaving us satisfied, worn out and smiling! I have felt this way many times over the years. However, if Mom isn’t refreshed then things don’t run as smoothly and our satisfied, worn out smile becomes well, you know, not pretty! There is a saying, “If mama isn’t happy then nobody’s happy!” There may be some truth to this. Read more...

From Down and Dirty to Delirious and Dancing

On this week of “Refreshing” I’ve been praying a lot about what it means to me to be refreshed. Truly refreshed! So I thought of how I love to take loooong hot baths, or go for looong walks. I love to go on Women’s Retreats and I love to go out to dinner with my husband….when we can afford it. I also LOVE to cook and garden, so you can see I have lots of “things” I do to be refreshed in my day to day life. Read more...

Helping Your Children Live Their Story Well

Each of us is given a unique story to live. We don't get to choose it. But we do get to choose how we will live it. The same is true for your kids. Is it hard to embrace your story right now? How about your child’s story? Do you struggle with the social media comparison game? Do you worry about that with your kids? What (if anything) have you done to combat it? Read more...

A Tale of Two Mornings

I'd like to tell you two short stories. This first one begins at 7:06am and it features a mommy who is sleeping comfortably. Light is shining through her window, she has a pillow over her ears and down the hall, two little kids have just woken up. One of those kids is giggling, while jumping on the bunk bed and another is opening and closing drawers, while pulling all sorts of clothes out. He's trying to decide which outfit would most help him resemble Luke Skywalker and clothes are flying everywhere in the process. Read more...

Pressing Our Face To The Glass

The first time I visited the Amazon jungle I had no idea the way it would change my life. I suppose it goes back to the idea of how encountering a world vastly different from your own will always change you. Read more...

When Life gets Messy

I am a step mom. If it sounds a little like I’m introducing myself at an A.A. meeting, that isn’t so far away from how it feels. These words often require work for me to own, because they acknowledge a “blip” in our family structure. Read more...

Not JUST a Mom

“I get the feeling that you really don’t like being just a mom.” The words my husband spoke were concise and piercing. He had seen something deep in the heart of me, and now was the time to purge it from my soul and bring it out into the light. Did I really like being just a mom? Did I really find joy in the laundry and lunch making, toy clean up, diaper changing, and….you get the point. I thought for a moment on this, and the answer that stumbled out of my mouth next surprised even me. “You’re right, I don’t like just being a mom.” Read more...

A Great New Bookstore: His Word Found Here

Are you a fan of the movie “You’ve Got Mail”? Then, you must visit His Word Found Here in Ballard. Housed in an old brick building, this store gives off the same cozy vibe that Meg Ryan’s “Shop Around the Corner” did in the film. Come for a book and stay for the coffee! Read more...

Building a Better Family

Where you are weak, God is strong. Where you are incapable, God is capable. Where you are insufficient, God is sufficient. No matter where you are, there is no part of your living or moving that God is not sufficient to help you in… and this includes your family. I can say this with confidence because I know this firsthand. I know I don’t have the resources I need. I know I don’t have the wisdom I need. I know I don’t have the energy I need. And I know I don’t have the love I need, but God does! And that is what we are going to discover in this 10-part series called, Building A Better Family. Read more...
  • Verse of the Day - 09-23-2014

    1 Peter 1:13 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” Read More

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