You know the story of The Giving Tree? I don’t love it. (If you do—that is fine! Many people do! But you probably won’t like this post haha.) In the story, the tree gives her apples, then her branches, then her trunk to a boy she loves until she is just a stump. I’ve sometimes … More “Grace is not the absence of God’s high expectations. Grace is the presence of God’s power.”
A man was journeying on a boat. He fell asleep while a storm raged. His companions were scared for their life and woke him up, incredulously questioning him on how he could sleep at a time like this. They ask him to call upon God. Jesus? (Mark 4) Jonah? (Jonah 1) The parallel is striking. … More “Believe in miracles. Hope is never lost.”
Our redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to pay a debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.
In 1741, George Frideric Handel composed “Messiah.” Handel had all the proceeds for the performances go to releasing people who couldn’t pay their debts from debtor’s prison. Because of his donation, one hundred and forty people were released from debtor’s prison. An appropriate use of funds for a song about the Messiah, wouldn’t you say? … More Our redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to pay a debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.
I had a neighbor named Jill growing up whose husband was diagnosed with cancer in his fifties. They did everything they could to exercise faith. He continued his calling as bishop. They went to the temple, held fasts, and tried every available treatment. Her husband still died ten months later. She said her experience helped … More Faith-promoting and faith-perfecting
Sorry it’s been a bit quiet over here—I had a sweet baby boy last week! It has been a sacred time for me. It’s also a time when I’m highly sensitive and have to remember to be gentle on myself and give myself time to heal. I was inspired as I read the story of … More As we seek light, we will feel light
One morning before school, my son had a melt down that, in the rush of getting him out the door, I didn’t feel that I handled correctly. It was a tricky situation though, and I didn’t really know what the right thing would have been. Frustrated, I prayed after dropping him off, wanting to know … More “Blessings come not so much because of our abilities, but because of our choices.”
A woman named Jen Hatmaker made an observation that I love, “In the wild, when a mama elephant is giving birth, all the other female elephants in the herd back around her in formation. They close ranks so that the delivering mama can not be seen in the middle. […] They send a clear signal … More “We are here to help, lift, and rejoice with each other as we try to become our very best selves.”
I was cutting multiple onions yesterday with a blunt knife and pretty much immediately started crying on onion number one. I tried to blink through it—but it was stinging so bad that I briefly contemplated how much the recipe actually needed onions. In a moment of desperation, inspiration hit: I moved the cutting board to … More “Choosing repentance is choosing change.”
Did you know that lemons are the unnatural result of crossbreeding a citron and a bitter orange? Meaning, life never gave us lemons. We created them all by ourselves. I think there is powerful symbolism in that. Adam and Eve created a bitter experience by choosing to eat the fruit… the Lord telling Eve, “I … More “If the bitter cup does not pass, drink it and be strong, trusting in happier days ahead.”
A couple years ago we didn’t have a bath at our house, so I would just throw on a swimsuit and shower with my kids. One day, I was in the shower with one child and the other child just. wasn’t. coming. I was having to get in and out of the shower, getting the … More Your child’s agency is not your job – loving and teaching is.
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