Half My Life

I had a moment this week when I was overwhelmed with immense gratitude.  Maybe there were several moments leading up to this, but one moment in particular gave me again a glimpse of that for which I am most thankful. This week I celebrated the anniversary of when I decided to follow Jesus as my Lord and my Savior.  It’s been half of my life now that I have been following Him.  Although I don’t think it is necessary to know the day or even week that this happened, I am still thankful to have a date to celebrate.  I … Continue Reading →

And So We Wait

It’s a funny thing when it is clear that our plans are not God’s plans. I really enjoy finding out the gender of a baby of mine while I am still pregnant.  I know there are strong opinions on this, and I honestly don’t look at it very strongly (so chill, people – I know there are “so few surprises in life, etc, etc”).  The reasons I like to know are not really tangible ones, such as knowing how to decorate or which clothes to buy.  I just like bonding beforehand with a name and prayers geared toward this specific … Continue Reading →

Words Matter: Resolution vs Goal

Happy New Year!  Many people talk about New Year’s Resolutions each January.  I personally love the new year because I feel like it’s a fresh start with tons of potential ahead.  Some people also love the new year and making a choice to do something differently this year.  It’s about a new accomplishment, a new habit, or a new skill, for example. Maybe I’m just noticing it more this year, but I keep hearing so much about setting “New Year’s Goals” rather than “New Year’s Resolutions.”  So, being who I am, I decided to ponder this and look up some … Continue Reading →

Cultivating Contentment in Your Children

  Several months ago I wrote a post about discontentment.  You can read that here. Since that time, I have been praying and intentionally working on contentment not only in myself, but also instilling contentment in my children’s hearts. This is such a valuable life lesson, and I pray they can learn to form this habit of contentment at as early of an age as possible.  Not that they will never struggle with it.  I’m sure they will.  However, I pray this will be such a part of their lives, that it will be quickly noticed by them when they … Continue Reading →

A Dance Offering for Advent

Being pregnant during Christmas always leads me to thinking more about Mary and what it must have been like to be pregnant with Jesus.  Not only was she pregnant with the Messiah, but also she was young, a virgin, pledged to be married, and had a story about how it all happened that many people found difficult to believe.  I will never have a pregnancy so interestingly and gloriously difficult.  Nonetheless, Mary was faithful.  She was humble.  She must have continually been in wonder at the whole situation. As I have been thinking about this and preparing my own heart … Continue Reading →

Words Matter: “Your Hands are Full,” and Other Ways to Discourage Young Parents

I am continually more convinced that when I don’t know what to say, I should just say nothing.  I have learned this myself, sometimes very painfully, but also through the countless examples of others. When there seems to be a space, a void, a pause in conversation we people seem to be tempted to fill it with something…well…dumb.  When we are surprised, angered, annoyed, or astonished by what we see or hear, we sometimes speak before thinking. Am I right? Well as a young mother I am very aware of this human phenomenon of open-mouth-insert-foot.  However my concern is that … Continue Reading →

The Mother Sheep: Leading, Peace, Insight, and Encouragement

*The following first section of this post is an excerpt from another post from a couple of years ago (You can read part 1 here and part 2 here).  However to further illustrate the point of this post, I have included this excerpt at the beginning.  (Photo by iStockphoto/ilbusca)* Sheep are the most frequently mentioned animal in the Bible, believe it or not, and for good reason.  The more one gets to know sheep, the more one can realize how much we humans relate to them.  The bottom line is this: Sheep need not just a shepherd, but a very … Continue Reading →

Monthly Memo: And We’re Going on November (November/December 2013)

So it’s almost November!  I’ve been away from the blog-world for a while because I found out I was pregnant in early August, and I decided to pretty much only focus on eating, sleeping, and homeschooling.  All other activities that didn’t involve my husband and children were put aside for a time until I didn’t feel like I was actually growing many babies inside.  For the record, as far as I know there is only one.  I’m back in action now though and really looking forward to this time of year. I love November because I love focusing on giving … Continue Reading →

Worshipping the Lord Through Dance

* I apologize for the lack of spaces in between paragraphs.  I am not sure why that won’t stop happening with this post.  Please read it anyway. (Thank you!) If you are like me, you had no idea that something amazing has been going on in the LA area for the last eight years!  There has been a vibrant ministry hosting a Christian urban dance festival every summer!  Click here to check out Word In Motion and The Underground Church. It was such a gift from the Lord to participate in this year’s festival!  I knew it would be amazing, but I … Continue Reading →

Joy in Panama: Journal Entry #2

You know that moment when you realize that the expectations you had were uncomfortably different than what  became the reality of a situation? It happens.  Sometimes it is just impossible to have accurate expectations.  The key is realizing the problem and running to God for the solution.  I found myself in the thick of this while we were in Panama.  The team part of the ministry trip had been underway for several days, and suddenly I felt myself struggle – kind of a lot. We had traveled to another city and were staying in a hotel.  It is the type … Continue Reading →