Holy Week: The Words of Jesus on the Cross

As we head into this week in the church calendar set aside to remember the death of Jesus, I want to SLOW DOWN. I don’t want to rush past Good Friday, anxious to move beyond the uncomfortable story of Jesus’ death in order to celebrate the Resurrection. Why? Because Jesus came to this earth and... Continue Reading →


6 Easy Things You Can Do to Read More

In 2017 I tried to read 100 books (only made it to the 60s). This year I set the goal at 100 again, but really I'm just trying to read more than I did last year: 2 books a week is probably an unreasonable goal for me anyway.  I have several reasons for aiming high with... Continue Reading →

The Last One chosen for the Team and Other Childhood Trauma {No Fear Devotional}

From my distress I called upon the Lord; The Lord answered me and set me in a large place. The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in princes.... Continue Reading →

3 Tips for Parenting Middle Schoolers

11 Years ago this month I woke up on a chilly Monday wondering, like so many overdue women before me, if I'd be pregnant forever. 8 hours later I was having an unexpected (unwanted but necessary) C-Section. Please do notice that even in the crazy surprise of that day, I managed to get my bright... Continue Reading →

Fear + Enemies

I'm determined to continue studying the Biblical command "Do not fear," but I've run into a road block. A mind block. Six books into the Bible (beginning with Joshua), and I'm only finding verses where the context of "do not fear" is enemies. Now the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear or be dismayed. Take all the people of war... Continue Reading →

Ree Reads: February Book Reviews

Every month I do quick reviews of the books I've read: Because I love to share good things and because the only thing I like better than reading books is TALKING about books. This was a GREAT reading month, partially because of good books, and partially because my poor kids had influenza, so I was... Continue Reading →

What Do We Do With Our Negative Emotions? {Desperate: A Devotional on Psalm 42}

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:1-2) I've sung these words as a lullaby over each of my babies, and you can find sweet, peaceful prints of these words in any Christian store. A sweet... Continue Reading →

Checking in on my 18 for 2018 (yikes.)

Instead of traditional New Year's Resolutions, this year I made a list of 18 things that will make my 2018 happy/happier. I promised myself that I'd check in on this list, publicly, throughout the year. I wrote "CHECK IN ON 18 FOR 2018" on Thursday 2/22 on my calendar. And when I sat down to... Continue Reading →

Eating Obstacles for Breakfast (No Fear)

Our No Fear study this week continues the story of Moses and the Isrealites, who saw the Lord fight for them, while they had only to be still. After crossing the Red Sea and experiencing the deliverance of the Lord, the Hebrews were ready to enter the land God promised Abraham generations before. Standing at... Continue Reading →

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