Are we missing the mark?

Have you ever just heard one of those songs that stopped you in your tracks, with lyrics that just really hit home?

Brothers, let us come together
Walking in the Spirit, there’s much to be done.
We will come reaching, out from our comforts
And they will know us by our love.

Those lyrics seeming to say everything that you’ve been thinking?

Sisters, we were made for kindness
We can pierce the darkness as He shines through us.
We will come reaching, with a song of healing.
And they will know us by our love!

I’ve been listening to this Christy Nockels song for months and I just can’t get the meaning behind the words out of my head.

The time is now
Come Church arise.
Love with His hands
See with His eyes.
Bind it around you,
Let it never leave you,
And they will know us by our love.

Christians, are we known by our love throughout our lives? What about on social media? Do you think that the world at large, a world that we are called to share the Gospel with, sees Christians as loving? Honestly? Sadly, I think we are missing the mark.

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I shared this morning on social media about how I just don’t have words for blogging right now. I really don’t. So I hope you all can be patient with me as I wait for God to open up this avenue again. In the meantime –

I’m getting a haircut today.

I’m abundantly thankful for gardens and the gift of growing food.

I’m reflecting on 1 Peter for the next few weeks (along with my whole church). It’s good for me to remember what Jesus really went through, what the apostles went through…makes my life seem like cake.

Homeschooling is going well.

Work is going well.

That’s about all I got, friends. Hopefully, I will be back soon.

The Proverbs 31 Woman: Generosity

{For the rest of the series, go here!}

As we’ve been winding through Proverbs 31 and unpacking some of the character qualities found within this chapter, I’ve been really challenged to consider my actions and words regularly. And this week’s section is no different – challenging, but once again I find myself dwelling on something I haven’t in the past.

She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Proverbs 31:20-22


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The Changing Seasons

It’s almost October. The season of falling leaves and busy calendars around here. It’s also the month that contains two birthday girls in this house and they’re big birthdays this year. My beautiful blonde Alyssa is going to be 13. Thirteen. Thirteen years of her sparkly blue eyes and hilarious personality and of learning to live with her food allergies. And our little Addie, our baby that didn’t want to breathe when she was born, will be 6 in two short days. And tomorrow morning? Tomorrow morning, they’ll all get ready and load into our truck and happily go into their first weekly enrichment program of the year. Most likely, they’ll go without even looking back at me for reassurance.

They’re growing up.



I always thought that I wouldn’t be one of those moms. You know, the sappy moms that stared longingly at the young mom surrounded by little faces that needed her. Although I don’t miss crying babies (canigetanamen?), those little faces that needed me? Sometimes when I realize they’re not so little any more, my breath catches. They’re growing up. They’re learning how to do this thing called life on their own. Because no matter how cliche it sounds, it’s true. To everything there is a season. Babies don’t keep. And one day you really will wake up, only to realize that your crowd of little faces aren’t so little any more.

There are moments during our average school day when I find me wishing I could clone myself. The oldest has to get to her science class, but the 8th grader that is doing so great in pre-algebra needs me for her daily lesson and the very bright little 1st grader has finished all her work for the day. She’s bored. And the 4th grader? She’s outside with the rabbits instead of doing her handwriting. Every one needs me, and a different part of me. But more and more, I’m finding moments when everyone has gone through their checklist for the day. They’re working in their rooms or at the table. And they don’t need me at all. Almost every afternoon I find myself in this weird position of not knowing what to do with myself. Everyone is doing their own thing, whether it be working or school or just playing. There’s no more nap times or ‘help me, mom!’

And I realize I really have become that mom. Young moms – no matter how exhausting and annoying and menial the day to day is, just love it. What an honor! Just look at them. Those little faces were given to you my God to nurture and raise and teach. And the menial things? They’re laying the foundation for the not-so-menial things that will sneak up on you before you know it. Because any mom that’s not so young can tell you that little children exhaustion is nothing compared to the emotional and mental exhaustion of older children and teens. Watching your children walk through real hurts or issues is so much harder than potty training. I promise.

So young moms, take it from this not so young mom and just pause for a moment to love the little people that surround you. And not-so-young moms, don’t mourn for too long. We’re raising world changers and they won’t learn anything if we’re trying to hold them back.


{I’m going to go wake my almost 6 year old up so I can hug her now.}

{review & giveaway} Total Family Makeover

I’ve read a lot of parenting and mothering books. After leading a moms’ book study for 6 or so years – I feel like I have every book on the subject! Sometimes, as a first-generation Christian, it was hard to relate to everything that was written in these books. Maybe it’s just my personality, but I wanted a book that would clearly lay out how to do daily life in a Christian home. Yes, I know the Bible is our instruction book for life. Don’t get me wrong. But I always wanted a clear set of steps for how to turn this faith inside of me into something that filled our home and our children without piling on unrealistic expectations and Momguilt. When I read this, I realized that I had the very book I’d been searching for in my hands:



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