Learning to Trust God

VeggieTales Noah's Ark

When I hand my kids a VeggieTales DVD, I do so with complete trust in the brand – a brand I’ve loved and trusted since day one – so I had zero concerns about handing them the new VeggieTales Noah’s Ark DVD when it arrived in the mail last week.… Read More »

Teaching Kids About the Bible

Teaching Kids About the Bible with the New Testament Catechism from Grapevine

While it’s important to teach your kids how to study the Bible on their own, it’s equally important to teach them some basic facts about the Bible and its contents. One of my favorite ways to teach my kids Bible basics is through a relaxed catechism approach. What is Catechism?… Read More »

31 Days to Pray for Your Spouse Challenge

31 Days to Pray for Your Spouse Challenge

I am so, so, so, so, SO excited to be hosting the 31 Days to Pray for Your Spouse Challenge!! It’s going to be A.MAZ.ING. I cannot wait to watch God work in the lives of individuals and in their marriages! Will you join me? Will you commit to praying… Read More »

Idolizing Holiday Traditions


Have you ever stopped to consider the “why” behind all the holiday traditions you participate in? Do you ever find yourself upset when a holiday tradition is forgotten or neglected? Is your holiday schedule so full of traditions that you miss the meaning of the season? If you answered yes… Read More »

5 Ways to Maintain Your Christ-Focus at Christmas


I love Christmas. I mean, I LOVE Christmas. It’s a magical time of year, beautiful and joyous.I got married on December 23rd, because that’s how much I love Christmas. So now that I’m a mom, I find it far too easy to get carried away making everything magical (or getting… Read More »

How to Pack a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child


Saturday was a first for me: I participated in a shoebox “packing party” for Operation Christmas Child. The kids and I spent three hours on Saturday morning working together with other families and individuals to pack 2500 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child to send to restricted access countries, and I… Read More »

Sunday = a day of UNrest


I started to write a post on the topic of a lack of rest on Sunday that is propagated by an overabundance of programming by the local church on that day. But the deeper I dug on the topic of “keeping the Sabbath,” the more I realized that my understanding… Read More »

Memorizing Scripture Together as a Family


Oh the excuses I hear when talking to people about the importance of memorizing Scripture – hiding God’s Word in our hearts: I’m too busy. My brain just can’t memorize it. I know I need to but always forget. I don’t know where to start. The list goes on and… Read More »

Faith Isn’t a Crutch


Living intentionally by faith every day is NOT the “easy way out” of life. It’s most definitely not a “crutch for the weak.” No sirree. In fact, I’d wager to say that living by faith is probably one of the most difficult ways to live life. If Faith Wasn’t In… Read More »

Sometimes I just want off this faith train


Living by faith. It’s an “easy” concept to talk about, but a “hard” concept to live out. It’s interesting to me that this concept keeps “popping up” lately.  Our pastor has been doing a series on faith the past two months (the sermon a few weeks ago was on this specific topic… Read More »