Book Review: What Happens When Women Pray

Even though He Himself was God incarnate, He thought it necessary to withdraw to a mountain to pray all night . . . If He, why not us?pg 82 What Happens When Women Pray by Evelyn Christenson is an older book, originally published in 1975. But the principles and truths contained within this book are…

Not a Waste

That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. psalm 104:28 April is over. Truthfully one of the oddest months I've ever experienced. April 2020 is a month I'm sure I'll tell my babies about someday. Why? Because April was our first complete month of shelter-in-place. (Hopefully the last full…

Punctuating the Crucifixion

This is a guest post by my lovely sister in law, Autumn. I appreciate her heart and willingness to share some thoughts from her devotion today, and I know it will encourage you as we prepare for resurrection sunday at the end of this week. Somewhere in the midst of all my years of celebrating…

These Are Simple Days.

These are simple days. Sleep in, slow wake up.Read the Bible, sit on the couch for a few more minutes petting the dog.Put kettle on for coffee or tea.Breakfast.Put away clean dishes.Load dishwasher with dirty ones.Listen to an audiobook.Light a candle.Play the piano.Put in a load of laundry, listen to the rumble of the washer…

Book review: Awe

Forgetting the awesome and glorious One Who made it all and holds it all together by the sheer power of His magnificent will, will always insert me into the center. This means that no story will be more important to me than my story. . . Awe of self, worship of self, underlies every form…

ornaments: a minimalist story

I don't know about your family, but it seems that as far back as I can remember, my family has been exceedingly sentimental about Christmas ornaments. Every year when we pulled the Christmas decorations out at the Wilson house - after bringing home a freshly cut tree from Cherry Grove Tree Farm - the adorning…

Book Review: ordinary

My thesis in this book is that we must turn from the frantic search for "something more" to "something more sustainable." We need to stop adding something more of ourselves to the gospel. We need to be content with the gospel as God's power for salvation. We also need to be content with his ordinary…

growth

I've been learning two things that may sound like opposite concepts but can both be applied simultaneously. It's OK to do things that feel a little crazy, that seem too hard, too big, too complicated. & Living an ordinary, unbusy, unhurried life is OK too. It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.…

grace upon grace upon grace

Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. - Psalm 36:5, 7 I have fallen massively short recently. It probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but it…

The Social Media Epidemic

"I release myself from the obligation or expectation to share with the world what is going on in my life." That was what I wrote in the back of my sermon notebook a few weeks ago in the middle of the service. I had deleted Instagram off my phone the previous night, Facebook that morning…

GO OUTSIDE AND DO THINGS

About a month ago, Josh and I got to spend a few days in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. While we were there, we got matching stickers that say: GO OUTSIDE AND DO THINGS. The irony is that we put them on our laptops. But they serve as a two-fold reminder to us. First of…

sometimes: a reminder

Sometimes life is hard. But sometimes, life is harder. Sometimes you make mistakes and have to go back and apologize, and hope they forgive you, no matter how much you think they won't. But sometimes you do everything right, and they still hate you. Sometimes you recognize you did something wrong and restitution has to…

The Mess of Ministry

I've been a part of ministry since I was a baby. First I was just the child of a traveling preacher, then a YPK, PK, Sunday School teacher, missionary, camp counselor, youth group leader, part-time worship leader, pianist, mentor, nursery worker, small group leader. . . and while there have been countless things I've learned…

The Talk: For Singles

I want to broach a topic that, in my personal opinion, is not discussed enough among Christians in a scriptural way or in a safe environment. Sex. It is time we stop acting like this is not an issue. It's time we start acknowledging that it is a struggle to remain pure in any capacity…

Meal Prep: Worth the Hype?

a step toward mindfulness: part four My eyes have been opened, y'all. Two words for you: MEAL. PREP. I finally get why this fills my Pinterest feed and everyone talks about it! Meal prep has made our lives so much simpler. We decided back in January that we wanted to attempt meal prep and see…

God is my Defense, pt 2

In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Prov. 14:26-27 I've been thinking quite a bit about this concept since my last blog post. It really spills over…

The Time-Eater

a step toward mindfulness: part three There are countless things endlessly vying for our attention. I've blogged about a big one here but that is just one distraction. Today I want to share with you how going without something we used almost every day impacted our lives, and how it continues to. We went without Netflix for…

The “Unmentionables”

a step toward mindfulness: part two Just being honest here: I struggled to start writing this because I couldn't decide the format. The original plan was to have several "steps toward mindfulness" in one blog post; but that ended up being way too long for anyone to sit down and read in one sitting. Then…