Handling Busyness Like A Christian

Life, Off The Blog

“If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” I’ve nodded my head in agreement with this statement more times than I can count. Yes, I know all too well the peril of a busy life, the kind that keeps you running at a breakneck pace and leaves you crabby and anxious. I have […]

November 19, 2018

A Friend When Tragedy Strikes

Life, Off The Blog

Friendship, even in the best of times, can be difficult to navigate. Friendship, in the midst of deep grief and tragedy, can feel nearly impossible. Four years ago, my friend, Kristin, lost her husband, Conner, in a sudden accident. There are no words to describe the heartbreak of watching a friend go through such a […]

November 1, 2018

While We Wait

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I watched my four-year-old as she played, flattening and rolling and stretching the play-doh in her capable hands. “J.J.,” I beckoned. No answer.  “Julianne…,” I tried once more.  When she didn’t respond, I moved to sit beside her.  “Julianne, I need you to stop what you’re doing and look in my eyes. I have something […]

October 18, 2018

When Life Is a Little Too Busy

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I saw the phone light up out of the corner of my eye. I picked it up and scanned the text: “Are you free to hang out today?” I cringed. “No”, I thought, “I don’t have time to hang out today or any day this week.” I was in the midst of a very busy season and […]

October 8, 2018

Joseph: From Dreamer to Leader

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On a warm, arid night, under a star-filled sky, a young shepherd boy named Joseph dreamed of eleven sheaves of grain bowing down to a twelfth. Divinely inspired, this dream would trigger a series of events spanning the next twenty years of his life, culminating with Joseph placed in a role of great influence and […]

August 22, 2018

The Key to Productivity in God’s Economy

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Seven months into parenthood, I knew something had to change. I had expected the diaper changes, the snotty noses, even the sleepless nights; but I had not anticipated the frustration, the fear, or the perpetual feeling of falling behind. I woke up one morning to my daughter babbling in her crib. As I laid there […]

August 11, 2018

The World Needs Your Words

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And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness […]

June 21, 2018

I’m Not Mom Enough For More Kids

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I need to do a little external processing here. And I figured what better place to do that than with my ETMB tribe? So, I hope you’ll excuse me as I try to work through some rather complicated feelings I have about capping my family at two kids. I have been gifted with the most […]

June 13, 2018

Returning to Wonder

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Read His Words Before Ours! Revelation 4:6-10 Psalm 5:1-3 Exodus 33:18-23 Isaiah 45:5-7 Psalm 96:10-12 While my mother would tell you she does not have a good singing voice, to me, her voice will always be a sound of comfort and home. One of my earliest memories is of my mother singing a hymn as […]

May 30, 2018

So, You Have a Dream…

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Hey there, Mama. What are you dreaming about these days? Do you have a small business budding in the corner of your heart? A side-hustle you think about while folding clothes? I’ve been there. In fact, I’m still there. Nearly seven years ago I founded a small non-profit organization called Expectant Heart Pregnancy Center (EHeart). It was […]

May 8, 2018