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…

Relational Oneness & Enjoying Each Other

Today I’m continuing the “Oneness Experience” over at Applegate Summers. If you missed the first two, go check them out HERE and HERE. Most of us would agree that it’s not the amount of friends we have but the depth of our friendships that satisfies the longing we have for connection. Yet so often we get caught up in the many. We may have 400 “friends” on Facebook or a thousand followers on Twitter, but I dare not call all of them true friends. In a culture driven by social media it’s even more important…

Fall Comforts

It’s no secret that fall is not at the top of my “favorite seasons” list, but there are many things I do enjoy about it. I love an excuse to have a fire in the fireplace. I like waking up to crisp, cool mornings. And I love fall foods. Pumpkin and apple flavors, soups and chili’s, they are all just wonderful. A couple weeks ago Filipe and I were driving back from a little getaway in Monterey and stopped at a fruit/veggie stand on the side of the road. I filled bags of artichokes and…