• The Importance of Tracing Our Blessings Backward

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,  just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love”—Ephesians 1:3-4 (NRSV) Sometimes we get hung up on […]

  • Puppy Love: Boomer and Belonging

    Some months ago, my husband and I became the proud owners of a beautiful little 7 week-old Chocolate Labrador X German Short-haired Pointer puppy (pictured below). Our lives changed instantly. It was as though another child had come into our home as we adjusted to the needs and desires of the new addition. Since that […]

  • Confessions of a single mom who found hope, healing and happiness

    When I was 18 I met a boy, he consumed me. He was the one all the girls wanted and I felt so lucky to have been the chosen by him. There were so many red flags but I naively pursued this relationship further and further in the fear that if I didn’t, I would […]

  • These Christians are persecuted, while we don’t make it to church

    I read this article with interest today. As I read it, I felt so proud of my brothers and sisters in Christ in China, but so ashamed of how I and many other western Christians live. For us, going to church now seems to be optional. It seems to depend on the mood we are […]

  • Yes, my kids are pastor’s kids

    The idea of my children being “pastor’s kids” has always been a dreaded thought in the back of my mind. I’ve heard so many stories of PK’s, most of them more like nightmares. It’s not something any mother likes to think about- her children rejecting the Lord and turning from the Faith. And it seems […]

  • If God will lead, then I will follow…

    “If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.  It is better for you to lose part of your body and live forever than to have two hands and two feet and be thrown into the fire that burns forever.”  Matthew 18:8 Here lately I have been […]

  • And you think you’re having a bad day…

    Last week, I was having an early morning surf before work. I was sitting out the back waiting for a wave and just quietly praying about the day ahead. My mind was full of all the things I had to do, including the opportunities and challenges in front of me, which is all part of […]

  • How to turn your your ‘disadvantage’ into your strength

    I am reading an amazing book called Chase the Lion, which was given to me by my pastor. Don’t you love it when you have a big-thinking pastor who is daring you to chase a lion (roughly interpreted to chase something bigger than you believe you have the skills to)? In the book, the pastor, […]

  • Vogue cover profile helps Hollywood star share faith

    Gracing the cover of the latest edition of Vogue magazine, British actress Naomi Scott has used the spotlight to talk about her faith. She is set to star in Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin. Scott appeared on Vogue’s April cover, she’s been described by editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, pictured below, as one of Britain’s […]

  • The Value of a Friendship

    I still think of her throughout my day, relishing the memories we made through our common bonds as well as adversity. That’s the value of a friendship. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”—Proverbs 17:17 (ESV). We bonded over our love of animals, landscaping our yards and fried chicken […]