The Bible As A Grace-Story

I said in yesterday’s post that Bible study can feel like another burden to bear when in actuality, it’s the thing meant to lessen our burdens. How? By leading us deeper into the gospel story – reminding us who Christ is and how his […]

Embracing the GRACE of Bible Study

Welcome to my first 31 Days series here at Simply Grace! For all of October, we’ll be focused here in this space on how we can embrace the GRACE of personal Bible study. I hope your heart is encouraged by what you read, and […]

Three Things to Consider Before Filling Up Your Calendar

Do any of you other moms find yourselves “nesting” for the start of a new school year? This is the second year I’ve noticed that a certain panic strikes shortly before the kids return to school and suddenly I’m obsessed with being organized, prepared, and […]

By |August 16th, 2014|Categories: Bible Study, Chasing Grace, Community, Ministry|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Three Things to Consider Before Filling Up Your Calendar

Slowing Down

If there’s one word God has written on my heart as the theme of this summer, it is SLOW.
I knew things needed to slow down for me and my family, but the slowness He’s been working into our family life this summer has gone much […]

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When Mothering Threatens to Crush You

Though it pushes me to a breaking point every year, there’s no way the chaotic end-of-school-year-stress makes me forget what follows in the summertime when everyone is home together, all day every day. We all must adjust to being back together again, and in the Estes […]

By |June 26th, 2014|Categories: Chasing Grace, Parenting|Tags: , , |Comments Off on When Mothering Threatens to Crush You

The God Who Protects (And The Prayers We Pray)

We got home late last night from a busy travel-packed four days, and I planned to share with you how God’s using some of the hard motherhood moments from one trip to show me my heart and my kids’ hearts. But that will have […]

The Most Encouraging Mom-Friend You Could Have

I remember the kind of mom-friend I was drawn to as I began motherhood:
This friend spent time preparing plans for instructing her children in The Lord. She knew how to calmly but firmly speak to a disobedient child, consistently diffusing chaotic situations with a quick […]

Cultivating a Heart for the Orphan

“Don’t foster-adopt to get your designer child.”
I heard leading adoption/attachment expert Karyn Purvis offered this warning to prospective adoptive families to challenge the different motivations we might have in pursuing adoption. I think what she was getting at is this : Do you think […]

By |May 8th, 2014|Categories: Foster Care + Adoption|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Cultivating a Heart for the Orphan

8 Gospel Glimpses in the Call of Gideon

The story of Gideon fleshes out the gospel like no other. Granted, all of the stories in the Bible point us to Jesus in some way, but Gideon’s is so remarkable that the writer of Hebrews mentions him as an example of faith so […]

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Grace For Tired, Busy Moms – And A Book That Helped Me Rediscover It

About four weeks ago, I was in a discouraging place as a mom. All I saw in myself were my failures to shepherd my kids well, and my heart was steeped in guilt over the times I’d recently lost my patience or kindness with […]

By |April 4th, 2014|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , , |2 Comments