• Life

    The Other Side of the Sacrifice

    Maybe it’s because of the American flags flying in the summer breeze, the celebration of our independence on the 4th, the cookouts, and the s’mores being made at the fire . . .July feels patriotic all around. On Independence Day we remember and appreciate the sacrifice shown by our soldiers when they willingly putting their lives on hold and at risk to keep our country safe. On the other side at home, we think about the sacrifice the wives and children make as they spend days, week, and months ‘holding down the fort’ at home. We asked Naomi if she’d be willing to give us a glimpse of life in…

  • Life,  Motherhood

    We Have To or We Get To?

    Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 HCSB My life as a wife, mom, worker, daughter, neighbor, church member, and friend brings me much delight. However, my life also brings me lots of to-dos. Purchases to make. Closests to organize. Paperwork to complete. Phone calls to return. Research to be done. Pots and pans to scrub. Kids to shuttle. Parents to check on. And on and on it goes. Sometimes when I get my list all scrawled out on paper, my…

  • Life,  Marriage,  Motherhood

    The Gift of Grace

    “[Grace] is a kind of shorthand for the whole sum of the unmerited blessings which come to men through Jesus Christ. . .it means. . .the unconditioned, undeserved, spontaneous, eternal, stooping, pardoning love of God.“ Alexander MacLaren’s Commentary (Expositions of Holy Scripture) As Christians we have the unique opportunity to learn to give others grace because of the grace that was given to us first. Giving something they don’t deserve because it is love is the example Christ has set for us. Giving grace is hard because it goes against our natural, selfish hearts. But it is so beautiful to show Jesus to others by giving loving, unconditional, patient, undeserved,…

  • Life,  Marriage,  Motherhood

    Intention: Connection

    I am here. This phrase stuck out to me as a listened to my latest favorite podcast, Find the Magic. They were touching on the topic of enjoying the younger years of childhood as a mama. One of the speakers was sharing that she often uses that phrase as her mantra to help her get through each day. You’ll hear people use the phrase “this too shall pass”. . .remembering the bad days will be over soon and the good days will pass too soon. Or maybe “the days are long, but the years are short”. Whatever your ‘mantra’ may be, I think they all centralize on the idea of…