Devotion: How is Carving a Pumpkin Like Being a Christian?

I used to be completely against acknowledging anything about Halloween. When I learned the true origins based in Paganism, I was convinced that by joining in any of the traditions, I would be condoning paganism, and opening myself to demonic activity. (I do feel that, at this time in my life, I gave way too much credit and attention to evil, even while praying about it) Until I had children.…

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The day my heart wanted to leap onto a plane

I guess you could say I live in the best of both worlds, as far as Christian mission work. At my “day job” I get to be a (very) small part of  projects around the world, like bringing water to desperate people, healing in mission hospitals, helping disaster victims and refugees, and more. As a social media strategist, my job is to build our online community, interact with people, help…

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The Perils of Refusing to Be Controlled

I’m less than a year away from age 40. Just typing that feels weird because sometimes I still feel like an amateur at this thing called “life.” But having 39+ years behind me does give me some clarity that only comes with age and experience. Last week, a friend mentioned reading the book “Boundaries.” Part of my pastor’s sermon this morning included a story of  what happened when he spoke…

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“I Can’t Do This” and Other New Mom Myths

With the appearance of those two little lines on the stick comes a flood of emotions ebbing and flowing over the next nine months. Excitement, wonder, and joy make their appearance, accompanied by uncertainty, lack of control, or even downright fear. When I was pregnant with my first baby, well-meaning people would say things like, “Oh, a woman’s body was made for this, you’ll know just what to do.” I…

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Sometimes you just need people to care that you’re there.

I’ve been at a crossroads in my life for the past year and a half. Transitioning from stay-at-home-mom to work-at-home-mom to working-out-of-the-home mom has been difficult on many levels. The first challenge was becoming the logistics coordinator for five very busy people. At home, I could be flexible during the day in order to make sure everyone showed up in the right place at the right time. I am now…

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When Christians Stretch the Truth

I’m always very careful when I write something like this. I want it to be clear that I LOVE the Body of Christ- His church. But this issue has been on my mind for several weeks, and every time I pray about it, my heart pounds in my chest. I don’t have all the answers, but I feel the intense need to write about it.  I passed a church sign…

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In Which I’m Embarrassed About My Weight

The average American woman weighs about 162 pounds and wears a size 14. Average. According to that statistic, I am slightly below average (1-2 sizes to be exact). I am on the high side of normal BMI, but by no means am I significantly overweight.  Of course, I would love to be in better shape, to shed a few pounds. Most days, I feel about average. But not that day.…

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