Top 10 Things I Learned In Pre-K

I completed my first year as a Pre-k4 teaching assistant today. I know schools are centered around teaching students, but I learned too much not to share, so here we go: My Top 10 Things I Learned In Pre-K: 1. Cheery “Hellos” make a difference. Kids get this. Smile! 2. It is okay to be … [Read more…]

When A Bad Attitude Shows You How To Abide

I let date night slip into another vent session, and my sweet husband held my hand and listened the whole time. It feels good to be negative sometimes. It zaps my energy to always look for the sunny side of things, but yet I don’t like how negativity steals moments from me either. The topics … [Read more…]

Trusting Instead Of Prepping For Heartache

Do you ever try to prep your kids without telling them the whole story of what is about to happen? The full weight of the reality that our twelve-year-old lab is not doing well and on her last leg is too much for my kids to bear, so I tone it down: “Abby is not … [Read more…]

What A Gift It Is To Stand In Line

I try to not attach a deep spiritual meaning to every simple life experience I encounter, but a two-hour wait in Orlando heat for a two-minute Disney ride screams for spiritual understanding. Earthly experiences can be useful tools to dig for spiritual depth. I was all in at this point. I wiped a chocolate smudge … [Read more…]

When Training Draws Us Into Relationship

Yuck. Another pair of clean socks tossed into the laundry room. “Kaden!” “Come here, buddy. It’s okay if you spill the dog’s water, but you still need to clean it up.” Kaden can catch a football for the winning score in a football game, but balancing water in a dog bowl from the sink to the … [Read more…]

Living Free Of Worry

What does living free look like to you? Can you imagine a life free of worry? The problem with worry is that it makes sense. It is practical. We know from experience the dangers of this world, and it feels very natural to be more than concerned by what could happen to our loved ones, … [Read more…]

When We Understand As Much As We Can

Scraps of paper and fun images cover my kitchen table while a question flips around in my head: “How can I present this message on Sunday in a way that first through third graders will understand?” They battle distractions on a daily basis and my lesson time-slot is no different: – The fabric on the … [Read more…]

A Touch From Our Healer’s Hand

Have you felt the power of Jesus’ touch in your life recently? I pray these simple points of reflection will expose our need for His touch, remind us of His power, reveal the purpose in our healing, and strengthen our faith because of His tangible love.   Acknowledge your need. At what point does a … [Read more…]

Shaky Yet Skilled, Wobbly Yet Willing

Do you ever make simple things too complicated? I do. Especially when it comes to serving God. What I have to offer connects unnecessarily to my identity. What am I good at? Will others agree? What if I don’t perform well? What if it is challenging and takes more of me than I am willing … [Read more…]

What Do You Hunger For?

“What we hunger for is evidence of what we believe can fill us.” I knew my pastor’s sermon this morning wouldn’t be satisfied staying on my sheet of notes. My mind wouldn’t rest until I grabbed a pen and piece of paper. Do I hunger for things other than God hoping they will fill me like … [Read more…]