Your Kindness Changes Everything

God amazes me. Ever since I felt God calling us into this journey to adopt, I knew that if it was His doing, He would provide a way. Stepping out in faith and moving forward isn’t easy, in fact, it’s pretty scary. What if I was wrong? What if He doesn’t provide? But I can honestly say I haven’t been worried at all- and that in itself is a miracle. For me, money and worry seem to go hand-in-hand. But God hasn’t just provided. He’s provided abundantly everything we need just as we need it. No…

A Family Update, An Adoption Update, & The Referral

I’m sorry not sorry for the lack of updates around the blog lately. I am in a season where my family has a front seat and the time to sit in front of a computer screen is few and far between. A year ago I would have been frustrated by it; today I’m soaking it in. The days will come again when I have time to sit and write (naptime did that for me for 7.5 yrs), but that day is not today. Today I’m in the trenches of motherhood. I’m have heart-to-heart conversations about wise…

Who Qualifies to be Loved?

Loving people. It’s part of the Great Commandment. But so many Christians get hung up on it. Who qualifies? Who doesn’t? I’m currently reading quickly through the Gospels. What I’m noticing most right now is how Jesus responds to people. The way he tells people not to talk about the miracles he’s performed- He’s not seeking attention. The way he defends women for their bold actions, and, though it wasn’t culturally acceptable for women to get a seat up close- He still gave them one. The way he leads his disciples- a rough group of…

An Adoption Update: The Wait

Now that all of our paperwork is done, we are currently in the “waiting” phase. It seems like any day we could get the call that could change our family. But many days have passed and we continue to wait. Waiting isn’t always easy, but I find myself at peace knowing there is nothing I can do to change anything. I have complete trust that God is behind the scenes working and will open the right door in His timing. Yesterday, Filipe sent the following email to our friends. I thought I would share it…

The Christian Labels & the Fruit

My dad grew up Catholic, my mom Baptist. When I was two years old we started attending an Assemblies of God Church. While attending Mass in the Catholic Church, I remember the stand-up sit-down routine and the smell of the incense filling the pews. I can still hear the organ, after Sunday School in the Baptist Church, commanding attention while I clenched the hymnal and dutifully recited the lyrics on the page in front of me. During the praise and worship in the Assemblies of God Church, I remember the long gaps between songs as people…

IF: Gathering. For Such a Time.

While the fire blazes in the fireplace in front of me and a glass of Pinot Noir sits beside me, I sit in awe of our God. In awe of His love for me. In awe of His love for you. He is doing great things in our day, and I feel privileged just to have captured a glimpse of it. I remember, fourteen years ago, sitting with a small group of girls from our college group at church. At the time, I was in a season of restoration. Having a broken, bruised, and battered…

Introducing…E3 Parents

I’m so excited to finally share with you my latest endeavor. Last July I began working with our Family Pastor on a new area of ministry we are focusing on at South Bay Church. It’s the parent piece of Family Ministry- the link between the family/home and the local church. I’ve explained it like this- Kid’s Ministry, Baykids, is an advocate for kids, Student Ministry, Ignite, is an advocate for the student, & Parent Ministry, E3Parents, is an advocate for the parent. I’ve spent the last several months analyzing, brainstorming, and strategizing with many of…

One Word for 2014.

FREEDOM Freedom to say “YES!” with enthusiasm. Freedom to say “NO” without excuse. Freedom to say “I DON’T KNOW” and not need to. Jesus died so we can be free, yet often we live enslaved to obligations and “because I’m supposed to”. I’m so guilty of this. My focus for 2014 is to intentionally walk in freedom. I’m releasing what little control I’m holding onto and free-falling into the deep waters of God’s grace. Will I get it all right? Definitely not. But I’m learning to surrender it all to Him and letting go is…

Physical Oneness & Intimacy

Physical intimacy is probably the easiest area of oneness to understand, yet is often the cause of much tension, frustration, and disappointment among married couples. The desires and longings we once had faded somewhere between the busyness of work and the demands of family. We forget to cultivate romance; we don’t make time for intimacy. We become disappointed with our spouse or with ourselves for feeling this way. It’s difficult to admit when we’re struggling in this area. When we understand oneness as multi-faceted, we can learn how to resolve the tension in the area of…