The Difference Between Confession and Repentance

I heard a message this morning at church that gave me an a-ha moment. It gave words to what I’ve been understanding in my soul for a few years now about processing and living in true transformation through Christ. There is a difference between confession and repentance. You can say with your lips to the Lord all day long, “I’m … Read More

What God Thinks is Greater than What I think

I love hearing people’s thoughts. God created us with remarkable minds and has given us the ability to process what we notice and experience in this world thought by thought. More than that, though, He has revealed to us what He thinks through His Holy Word. So what I value more than what a person thinks is what He thinks. … Read More

Giving Yourself the Right Kind of Grace

This concept keeps showing up in my world: holiness. Often, the word “holy” is accompanied with other words to tease or chide, but it’s a serious, serious concept. Friends, we literally cannot ever stand before God in eternity or walk with Him here on earth in true fellowship without holiness. We cannot earn it, but it has become available to … Read More

If It Weren’t for Billy Graham, I Wouldn’t Be Alive

I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for Billy Graham. You read that right. I really wouldn’t. Do you ever wonder who it was in your life that was the crux of it all that led to your existence? Have you ever stopped to consider that maybe YOU are the one that will be the prompt to someone else’s opening … Read More

…And You’re A Person

“You’re really hard on yourself,” she said to me from her office chair. “I know. My husband tells me the same thing,” I say. We talk about it a little further. I carry some sort of ritualistic gotta prove my worth thing that no one else on earth has asked me to carry. We don’t speak those words, but I … Read More

Word of the Year 2017: Fulfilling

Seldom do I make big public sweeping goal announcements for things such as weight loss, a dream job, a project, a specific hope, etc. I’ve learned from experience that I tend to fall off of wagons like that. Instead, I prefer to make my announcements after they’ve come to fruition, an act of tending, trusting, and yielding such things before … Read More

#WinningAtLife

What does winning at life look like, really? In a culture of hashtags, most of us are familiar with #winning or #winningatlife . Sometimes these little community builders are used in jest or sarcasm and others, they are used as an honest cheer for small and great victories alike. I’ve used both. Plugging in the crockpot AND turning it on? … Read More

God Really Does Set The Lonely In Families

I know about being lonely. Life’s loneliness can feel so overwhelming, can’t it, my friend? I know what it’s like to be without a dad this side of Heaven. I know what it’s like as a young woman to feel the burden trying to assume the role of the “man of the house” when there was no man left in … Read More

The Struggle Is Real

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Do you struggle? Well, if you have breath, we both know the answer to that question. Of course you do. I do, too. Everyone does. They didn’t come up with #thestruggleisreal for no reason. Life is full of friction that constitutes a daily struggle to do things… to do the right things…in the amount of time we’ve been given each … Read More

The Value of A Tribe

Nashville. We called this area home for 3.5 years and as quick as we blew into town, we soared out when my husband was offered a full time job as a professor back in Virginia where we came from. I left kicking and screaming because I wasn’t done. There were so many wonderful people and places we were deeply connected … Read More