#WATWB: When community is family

This is my first official post for the We Are the World Blogfest, and I thought I'd start it out right in my own backyard. Sometimes I forget that there are good things happening nearby. We don't always have to look at some far-off country, or even the opposite end of our own country, to... Continue Reading →

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You’re so practical, James

When our creative team at work began to plan our promo for the next sermon series, an eleven-week study of the book of James, we came up with the title "FaithWorks." As all the graphics and plans started to come together, I started getting excited about going through this particular book once again. It had... Continue Reading →

We Are the World Blogfest

Hey, everyone, I thought I'd give a quick heads-up today so you all might pop on by next Friday, August 25, to my blog. I'm participating in a blog hop called "We Are The World Blogfest" (tagged on social media as #WATWB). The idea of this blogfest is just as the picture above states: in... Continue Reading →

Are we sharpening one another?

  Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. —Proverbs 27:17 ESV When you work every Sunday, a holiday weekend doesn't really hold the same type of appeal as it does for most. The "woohoo three-day weekend" isn't really three days in a row, and the Monday holiday observance often only makes the remainder of... Continue Reading →

Mother’s Day reflections

Once again, Mother's Day has rolled around as it has every year, and once again I find myself mentally reviewing parenthood in general. Anyone who is a parent knows there are times—sometimes more often than not—when parenting seems like a losing battle. Nobody really prepares you for what parenting does to you, whether mentally, physically,... Continue Reading →

We don’t grieve as the world grieves

Last night, I had the privilege of being somewhere most people wouldn't think a privilege: I sat with one of my best friends in her living room, waiting and watching as her husband of almost twenty years passed from life on earth to eternal life with Jesus. Only a couple weeks before, they'd found out... Continue Reading →

This year, I’m okay

January 20 has, for the past 11 years, been a lousy day in our house. January 20, 2003, is when we lost our almost-five-year-old son. Nothing alters a day on the calendar for the rest of your life like the day a family member dies. Each year from then to now, the Christmas and New... Continue Reading →

Thankfulness comes in all sizes

I read a post by Elle Todd the other day, Being Thankful, that brought to mind something we don't often recognize: the things for which we can be most grateful are oftentimes not the obvious. In fact, they may have felt distinctly like not-so-great moments when they happened, and only in hindsight do we realize... Continue Reading →

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