A few years ago, I had the opportunity to walk through the adoption process with one of my closest friends. She and her husband had two children but knew they wanted to adopt. They live in another country and received a phone call one day from a local friend. There was a baby girl – … Continue reading A New Name
In my last two years as Women's Ministry Director, I've spent a great of time talking to other women who lead ministries and Bible Studies around the country. One lesson I've learned is never jump from one Bible study to the next. Instead, take a break, go back over what you learned, and let the … Continue reading The Gleaning
It was not my best effort in parenting. I was tired, hungry, and had no patience for craziness. But instead of responding, I reacted. You know what I mean? And truthfully, I was mad at myself. How can I expect my kids to behave properly when I still struggle with the exact same thing?! That … Continue reading The Struggle is Real!
One of the most frustrating lessons Crohn’s has taught us has been learning to accept what you can’t control. I have spent most of my adult life believing I controlled way more than I did, and submitting to the control of a disease was not my idea of a good time. I wanted to keep … Continue reading The Illusion of Control (and an Announcement!)
I had read these verses many times before, but the first time I remember living them were in the weeks after Kris was first in the hospital. Stacey Thacker texted me Romans 5:3-5, and I honestly grimaced. I looked at this process of suffering to endurance, endurance to character, and character to hope and thought … Continue reading What’s So Great About Hope?