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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“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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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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He Has Not Given Me a Spirit of Fear

I recently had to leave my family for a business trip. I travel fairly often, about once every 2-3 months, and everything is usually fine.  I’m happy to have some uninterrupted work time and networking with colleagues and friends.  My kids have some daddy-time, which they LOVE.  And my husband really supports my work, so he doesn’t mind when I go for a few days.  It’s usually all hunky dory.…

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How Does God Feel About Lady Gaga?

For the last few weeks, I’ve stared slack-jawed at the TV while Lady Gaga gyrated across the stage in her scant alien-esque costumes, and said shocking things to the American Idol contestants while coaching them.  Actually, I didn’t stare too long, since we DVR all our shows.  The Fast Forward button was definitely in order for that occasion.  Soon, I started seeing outraged comments on social media, and even posted one…

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I Wore the Blood:Water Belt!

I’m not usually a belt-wearer.  I used to be… before I had my children. But these days I spend more energy drawing attention away from my waistline! When I heard about a special belt that was making it’s way throughout the country to raise funds for the Blood:Water Mission, I just HAD to participate! My bloggy friend Amy Bennett, from Permission to Peruse and Dani, from Mother of Fashion started…

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