• 7 Obstacles to Bible Study & How to Overcome them {Part 2}

      This is the second part in a two-part post, listing 7 common obstacles to Bible study and some practical tips on how to overcome them.  You can find the first post here.  Have you ever heard a runner say, “I just NEED to go for a run”?  As someone who struggles with a regular exercise routine, this statement always made me skeptical.  I would mentally judge them, thinking they were saying this just to sound good and for others to praise the intensity of their commitment.  It seemed ridiculous to me that a person would feel like running was a necessity.   When I trained for a half marathon…

  • 7 Obstacles to Bible Study & How to Overcome them {Part 1}

      Exercising regularly does not come easily to me.  Growing up I was always involved in sports:  soccer in the fall and spring, basketball in the winter, swim team in the summer.  My life was a constant workout, at least it felt that way.  But then I got older, had a job, became a Mom, and when organized sports were no longer in the picture neither was exercise.  Any kind of regular workout routine was a chore.  And I could come up with all the excuses in the world as to why I just couldn’t make this a priority in my life.     Last fall I decided to train…

  • 3 Tips on how to read your Bible when you have young children

      Before I had children there were certain rhythms in my life that came easily.  I had a job that required occasional long hours and frequent travel, but for the most part alone time was available whenever I wanted, to do as I pleased.  Even with the demands of a job, being a wife, and keeping our home in order, reading and studying my Bible on a daily basis was attainable.  With motherhood a lot of things changed and reading my Bible was one of them.  I wasn’t guaranteed any moments of quiet, and I was often too tired to use any quiet time that I did have for Bible…

  • Why you need your ordinary life

      Our neighborhood is a quiet one with tree-lined streets, sidewalks, and simple homes.  Most children walk to the neighborhood school, and we often see the same people riding their bikes, walking their dogs, and pushing their babies down the street.  The street sweeper comes by every other Friday, the sirens from the fire truck can be heard as it barrels by our house leaving the station around the corner, and we live close enough to the water that when the windows are open I can hear the fog horns.  We have a great community, we love our church family, and I sometimes run into people I know at the grocery…

  • Life Is Adventure

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  • Weekend Links (for the ones who feel the weight of the world)

        The past month has been a challenging one in a number of ways.  I’m not ready to share my story quite yet, but what I can tell you is that God continues to grow me through difficult circumstances.  A few years ago, after several traumatic events took place in our lives, I began to think that certainly God wouldn’t give us anything else hard because “I can’t handle it, Lord!”   And then I remembered Job.  He lost everything.  It wasn’t because God was angry with him or wanted to make his life difficult through loss.  God wanted Job’s worship no matter what.  It was through the stripping…

  • What your soul needs more than anything else

      Last fall I was asked to sit on a panel of several women for a women’s event at church.   The topic of discussion was “How to fill yourself up in order to pour out.”  One of the questions we were given ahead of time was to choose an area of life–physical, mental, social, spiritual, or emotional–and talk about what we do to fill up in that area.   Thinking through the answer to this, and other questions, had me searching for just the right response.  It had been a few years since I had spoken to a group of women, and I felt the responsibility of being honest…

  • Weekend Links

        The skies are a bit more blue these days, the weather has warmed up, the azaleas are blooming and our front porch swing is back up and in use.  April, we are glad you’re here.  My children keep telling me they have a whole list of April’s fools jokes planned for us today and quite honestly, I can’t wait to see what they’ve been scheming.  It’s been a long week in some ways, so a little levity might be the perfect way to enter this weekend.   If you have some extra time to read, I’ve gathered some good pieces for you from around the web.  There’s a…

  • For Your Weekend

      May you find comfort this weekend in knowing that trusting God in your today will bring spiritual strength that prepares for you what is ahead.  Let’s not rush our lives by worry and waste our energy on moving forward too fast to tomorrow.  Enjoy the moments before you and rest in the goodness of a God who loves you more than you will ever know.   Some delightful reads for you this weekend.     The Best Kind of Comfort — Jenny Howell   Why fixing is Kryptonite to our Friendships — Jill McCormick   Misery Is Not Your Destiny: Tips for Thriving as a Mama — Lisa Hensley  …

  • When your soul becomes exposed (& why this is good)

      Our little home sits on a fairly busy corner, surrounded by fences on all sides.  The front yard is enclosed with a short white picket fence,  the kind that has that small-town American feel.  The side yard has several wooden gates giving it a quaint and somewhat secret English garden feel.  And then our backyard has a fence which not only provides safety for the kids, but privacy from the neighbors.  The kids’ elementary school sits about 100 yards away from the back of our house, so every morning and afternoon buses and frantic parents whiz by our little corner.   It can feel busy and hurried, but our backyard has been a quiet and peaceful…