Day 1: Praying for Your Life & Purpose

Abba Father, I come to you today and present my purpose to you. I release the hold of having to perform or live up to the expectations others have on me. What you have called me to is a yoke that is easy and its burden light (Matt 11:30) when you are at the center of it. Read more...

Affordable Christmas Fun in Puget Sound

Affordable Christmas Fun in Puget Sound The holiday season will be in full swing in just a few more weeks and here in the Puget Sound area, we are blessed with a wide variety of family fun to be found all around Western Washington. Whether it be a day in the city of Seattle enjoying the holiday festivities or heading out for an adventure in the mountains to pick out your Christmas tree, there are plenty of options for families to choose from and make special memories with your family this Christmas season. Find a big list of Christmas Festivals and events, Holiday bazaars and Christmas tree farms to provide some inspiration as you plan your holiday festivities and we'd love for you to share some of your favorite Christmas events, too. Here are some of our favorite affordable holiday fun ideas for families! Read more...

The Still Small Voice

Kristina's Be Still Challenge

As much as I love solitude, I don’t love silence. Anything but silence. Please. It’s deafening. It’s unfamiliar. It’s uncomfortable. This week we’re doing the “Be Still” Challenge, and the timing was perfect. I went away for the night to rejuvenate my mama-soul. And because I was away from the fray of everyday life I was able to listen to the entire 49-minute talk about sacred downtime on my phone while I settled into my room. Read more...

5 Days Of Praying For Your Elephants

What does it mean to pray for an Elephant? When I was in my twenties, I prayed a foolish and audacious prayer that one day a real elephant would show up at the youth group I was the pastor of. I could think of nothing cooler than having an elephant at a youth event for the kids to ride and experience. The prayer was more of a joke with friends than a real request. We all laughed. I never prayed the prayer again. Read more...

Angela's Be Still Challenge

A few weeks ago, my friend Rebecca gave me challenge. She said, “Be still. Try doing nothing for 20 minutes and then I’d like you to write about it.” When she suggested this, I was immediately on board. What I didn’t expect is what I’d hear during those 20 minutes of stillness. Read more...

Participate In Our "Be Still" Challenge

The frenzy of the holidays is around the corner. Join us as we take a moment to “Be Still." Are you tired? Do you feel the world pressing in on you? Are you trying to do it all? Are you addicted to being busy? We have a challenge for you! Read more...

Three Moves to Keep Fit

Was anyone else excited to see that Starbucks now has their holiday cups and holiday drinks like eggnog and peppermint mocha? It also makes me realize all the extra holiday temptations that are just around the corner…as if Halloween candy wasn’t enough! Let's start a fitness journey together that gives us the ability to have that treat now and then but also keeps us fit! Read more...

We're In This Together

Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge where otherwise sane people poured ice water on their heads? It became a global phenomenon. And, really why did so many people take part in the craziness? This world is a big place and we are separated not only geographically, but by our belief systems, our politics, our ages, and countless other things. It seems there are more things separating us than there are bringing us together and sometimes it feels downright lonely, doesn't it? Read more...

This Is For All Of You

Today, I am sitting across from you at the coffee shop with a warm latte; we are sipping and chatting. I am touching your shoulder gently, looking you in the eyes and telling you something important. This is something someone recently said to me and it pressed itself into my heart, into my life.   Read more...

Have This Conversation With Your Children

I look around the dinner table and feel that desperate ache not uncommon to women who deeply love. Whether it's my own family or those who just feel like family, I want so much for them. These young people who are so full of possibility and dreams and bright futures ... they have my heart. Yet my heart feels fragile in the hands of these young people. They are smart. They are grounded. But they are young. It takes me back to me at that age. And that scares me. Read more...

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