Broken, Confused, but Holding On

I recently came across a small notebook I’d written in nearly ten years ago, and inside found words of struggle and of hope. If you live with chronic illness or any kind of suffering, I’m putting this here today so you can know you’re not alone, but also to give each of us the chance […]

To the Smiling Woman who Weeps on the Inside

I met another victim today, but she wasn’t a stranger. No, she is a friend, someone I’ve known many years, a woman I had no idea was suffering in silence. When I started speaking, I would talk to groups of women, thinking I was equipping those who would reach out to the hurting, only to […]

Lessons from a Burning Van

Last Saturday, we planned to take the kids on a special family day up in Blowing Rock. It turned into an unforgettable day, but not in any way I’d expected. Near the top of the mountain road, the transmission seal broke on the van and when it started smoking, my husband (Brian) pulled off the […]

Pornogaphy: Why Are So Many Christian Men Giving In?

(Note before you read: If you’re thinking it’s horrible that any man would struggle with this temptation, especially a Christian, please read this whole post. I believe pornography/sexual temptation is the single largest way the devil traps men in our culture, and we women need to help fight that battle rather than beating up our […]

Ways Christians Can Fight Human Trafficking Here in the US

“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.” – William Wilberforce Human trafficking isn’t just something that happens “over there.” It has been reported in every state in America. Tragically, more of the funding […]

Ways Christians Can Fight Human Trafficking Internationally

“Fighting human trafficking is not idealistic or naive. It is audacious. And it is people of audacity who change the world.” – Rob Morris You care, and want to make a difference, but perhaps you just don’t know where to start. How do you turn your heart for the hurting into tangible help in the fight […]

When Comfort and Joy seem Far Away

As we hear of wars and rumors of wars, as we watch the news or read the blogs, as we go into yet another presidential election, as we wish for peace on earth but see anything but…we need comfort and joy. For the families of mass shooting victims, for friends who lost loved ones around this […]

Why My Kids Never Believed in Santa (+ 3 Reasons They’re Not Deprived Because of It)

If you’ve ever wondered (or wanted to express) about those people who “deprive” their kids of the fun of Santa Claus, I’d like to explain why my kids never believed in Santa, and why they aren’t deprived because of it. 1. Santa takes up space that belongs to Jesus. “He knows when you are sleeping. He […]

An Open Letter of Thanks to Tim Tebow for Not Giving In to Miss USA (from the Mom of a Young Fan)

  Dear Mr. Tebow, It’s got to be hard living in the world and not being of it. For some time now, you’ve been ridiculed for your faith, and particularly people have mocked or even accused you when you actually stick with your beliefs. I find it strange that anyone would think it a bad thing to […]

How to Not Dread Holiday Events When You’ve Got a Stupid Chronic Illness

If you’re healthy, Thanksgiving is usually a vacation, a break from the usual work, time to play, time to indulge in some extra special food, time to be with those you love and maybe watch some football. For those of us with chronic illness, a holiday can be anything but a vacation. We have to […]

3 Reasons Christians Failed with the Starbucks Red Cup

2015 may well be remembered as the year of the red cup. In case you somehow missed it, here was the general progression: 1. Guy makes a video that Starbucks refuses to put “Merry Christmas” on their holiday cups. He says Christians should go in and say their name is Merry Christmas so the barista […]

Paris: The Question That Matters Most (Not Religion or Border Patrol or How Can We Keep This From Happening Again?)

A young alumni from my college was shot in the head this week in a home invasion. She and her unborn baby died. A suicide bomber killed innocent victims in the Middle East today. Right now the borders of Paris are closed and 1,500 soldiers roam the streets looking for the terrorists who coordinated at […]

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