Some friends may remember a blog I wrote two years ago about why we were doing something called “Cre8” instead of going to a “regular church.” I named several things I felt drawn to about Cre8, but it was awkward and messy, too. What it really boiled down to, the reason we were a part of Cre8 for 3 ½ years, is simple: We saw that Mike and Ami Shroyer were the real deal. Genuine, honest, Jesus-loving, people-serving, others-minded, selfless, world-changing, visionary leaders — although still human, too, of course. We didn’t exactly know how far we would go, but we decided to tag along for the ride. Fast forward … Continue reading Like Mike
I get asked all the time how to balance “everything,” and I usually say, “Don’t try. Decide what you can give up for this season.” Continue reading Achieving Balance?
Just when you think I may never blog again, I post something almost completely unrelated to anything else on my blog. I have high aspirations to blog more frequently, and we have adventures on the horizon that will provide some once-in-a-lifetime writing material. However, for today, I just want to share some thoughts on being a woman. Continue reading Beautiful Woman
I and about 27 friends decided to launch our own “experimental mutiny against excess,” doing each of Jen Hatmaker’s 7 fasts for 7 days (instead of a month as she did). Each week I’ll post my thoughts from the previous week, Jen-style, not because I’m trying to be like her but because I’m trying to be like Jesus and her books encourage me to that in new ways. Continue reading 7 Foods
If I were a real and devoted blogger, I could probably expect some backlash from this post. As I am just a sometimes blogger with a small following of people, 90% of whom won’t read this, I’m not too concerned about that. I also think that even if I had a big-time, popular blog, I would still need to say this, but I might word it more carefully.
I really can’t stand the term “retail therapy.”
There. I said it. Continue reading Why I Can’t Say “Retail Therapy”
As I reflect on the privilege and honor of being a mom, many thoughts and emotions race in my mind and well up in my heart. Chief among them: There is no such thing as a perfect mom, so motherhood comes with lots of questioning, second guessing, guilt, and feelings of failure.
I just wrapped up a study a friend and I have been doing for the past few months on the Apostle Paul. I have long found him a fascinating and admirable biblical character, but I feel he has come to life for me in some new ways. Continue reading Pondering Paul
Many of my Facebook friends recently listed several random, interesting, or relatively unknown facts about themselves, and anyone who liked their posts was then given a number of items to list in his or her own status. I have enjoyed reading these posts, and I have subsequently been assigned numbers ranging from 5 to 13. Being the wordy writer that I am, naturally I have decided to turn this into a blog post instead of a Facebook status. Continue reading 10 Things You May Not Know About Me
I never thought answering the conversational question, “So, where do you go to church?” would be so awkward. Continue reading Why We Cre8
I love photographs as much as I love words. The two complement each other so well, and yet they can also stand alone and sometimes should remain independent. I certainly agree that a picture can be worth a thousand words, although I would add that likewise a word can be worth a thousand pictures. Continue reading Pictures and Words