When Fear is Good {No Fear Devotional}

Over the last 5 months of Tuesdays we've looked at the various places where God commands His people, "Do not fear", and seen reason after reason why we as people of God have no need to be afraid. Precious promises: God is a shield to us. He sees us. The Lord will fight for us while... Continue Reading →

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Endings and Beginnings and a Mama’s Heart at Graduation

We've already seen how the hurts and hardships of adolescence shaped and made him stronger, so I know I  shouldn't shield him. But boy, do I wish I could. I want to fold him into my arms and protect him from his own mistakes and others' opinions and the heartbreak of living in the world. But I can't, and I won't. So we'll release him out into the world, taking the next big step in the journey of trust that is parenthood.

What is Fear Costing Us?

There is no telling how much hurt and heartache the Christian Church has caused because we have feared man more than God. I don't want to be a part of that mess. The writer of Hebrews calls across the centuries, Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. 5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” 6 so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:1-6)

Ree Reads: April Book Reviews

The reading challenge I set for myself in April was a TOTAL FAIL. Sigh. I did read a lot of great books, but my plan to go back and finish books I'd tried to read and quit was....maybe not that great a plan? Two readerly goodies that I'm excited about and that may be relevant... Continue Reading →

The Opposite of Fear is…

A few years ago we made the decision to move from homeschooling our younger two sons and sent them to school, 3rd grade and kindergarten. This was a rough transition for both of them, but particularly (and understandably) for our 3rd grader. Like his mama, he was afraid of failing, of standing out, of doing... Continue Reading →

Desperate for God

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.  You’re probably familiar with the opening of Psalm 42: It covers the walls of Christian bookstores, often printed on a peaceful picture of a sweet fawn tenderly approaching a quiet stream. Lovely. But that’s not the picture the psalm is painting. Psalm 42... Continue Reading →

10 Commandments for a Happy Home

Hello from our last months as a family of five living under one roof, our last days with a high school senior. I could mourn (And I have cried. Friends, you know I have CRIED.) But I'm choosing to celebrate. To count gifts, to name the things that have made our home happy. So many... Continue Reading →

The One Thing that Helps Me Face Fear

Are worry, anxiety, and fear the same thing? I've never been a worrier, and hardly ever identify myself as anxious. But I've been afraid my whole life. I'm afraid of failure. I'm afraid of abandonment. I'm super afraid of rejection. I'm so afraid of embarrassment I don't enjoy movies or shows with embarrassing characters (See... Continue Reading →

Everyday Holy: Creating a Sacramental Family

I hadn't been a mother for very long before realizing that waking up before my children is a necessity for my mental health. I am a morning person, and I don't function well without a bit of silence (and coffee) before facing the needs and demands of parenthood and life. So nearly every week day... Continue Reading →

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