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…]

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…]

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…]

A Reluctant Hope

It is hard to be a healed Christian with a hopeless heart. It doesn’t match up. Reluctant hope becomes the norm, not exactly the kind of hope I expected on the healed side of heartache. My hope was cautious for far too long, and when I asked God for help, He began a good work … [Read more…]

Empty Is The New Filled

I thought being indecisive kept me from living a full life. Choosing a restaurant for dinner or toppings for pizza always fell on my husband’s plate. Lazy thinking? Maybe. Too much pressure applied to simple choices? Most definitely. My search for a full, confident life prompted me to analyze my strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. … [Read more…]

Get Mad and Focus

“Please don’t wait until you are sick to choose health (Joyce Meyer, Breaking Bad Habits).” The New Year brings anticipation but also assessment. What is working for me and what do I need to change? A fresh urgency and concern for our health stirs our hearts and prompts us to put on running shoes and put … [Read more…]