On Identity, Slowing Down, and Writing – 3 Things I Learned During the Month of July

God has done so much in our lives this year. Through highs and lows, there’s been a lot to praise Him for, but I’m afraid I was too busy to really pay attention to a lot of it these past few months. Now that […]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Categories: What I Learned|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Why Pursuit of Community Is Worth the Risk

Last night was our community group’s final meeting of the semester, and I ugly-cried my way out the door as soon as it ended. That was our last time to officially meet with this group before our family relocates to Dallas. As our leader Chris prayed at the close, […]

By |May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Community, Ministry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Why Pursuit of Community Is Worth the Risk

The Danger And Beauty of Telling Our Stories

I’ve often found stories to be a little dangerous.

Let me explain. I know we’re supposed to be telling our stories and celebrating the ones around us, but it just strikes me that whenever we do, there’s potential to elevate people above the Author. Combine that with our culture’s preference […]

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: Chasing Grace, Story|Tags: , |1 Comment

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Become a Foster Parent

Today is Orphan Sunday, and churches all over the world are making a point to talk about the orphan crisis and where the church fits in bringing healing to the needs of these children. The focus of Orphan Sunday could be for many a starting […]

By |November 8th, 2015|Categories: Foster Care + Adoption|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Become a Foster Parent

The Journey of Joy

I’ve been chewing on James 1:2 the past several weeks ever since my summer Bible study group studied this verse last month, and I just can’t quite move on from this idea, this command, to “count it all joy.” I sense God wanting to work that joy deeper into me, […]

By |August 25th, 2015|Categories: Bible Study, Foster Care + Adoption|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on The Journey of Joy

Ready or Not, Summer Break is Here

Today was the last day of school for my kids, and earlier my mom asked me how I’m feeling about that.

Well….I definitely have feelings about it!

There’s a lot I’m really excited about – more time with my kids, a slower pace, no more school drop-offs […]

By |May 20th, 2015|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ready or Not, Summer Break is Here

2 Questions I’m Often Asked About Our Foster Baby

As a foster parent, I’m asked questions all the time. The sweet little guy we have in our home right now draws interest wherever we go (babies just do!), and usually once someone knows he’s a foster baby, I get hammered with questions. I don’t […]

By |April 1st, 2015|Categories: Foster Care + Adoption|Tags: |2 Comments

Mothering with a Plan

Lately I’ve been thinking about my early days of motherhood. It was nearly ten years ago that my sweet Jonah’s birth made me a mother, and he and I spent three years together before his sister Parker Jane arrived on the scene. It was another […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Categories: Chasing Grace, Parenting|Tags: , |2 Comments

New Year, New Mercies

2015. Here we are! The beginning of a new year makes me giddy. I’m a girl who loves a fresh start. A clean slate. A new season with new hopes and opportunities. This moment to pause and reflect on God’s faithfulness through the last year […]

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A Bible Study Mission

Our 31st day is finally here! In closing, I want to share with you a Bible story I just love –
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to […]