Lessons in Friendship from Mark 2

    I love it when I come across a passage in the Bible that I have heard or read numerous times but suddenly something jumps out at me that I hadn’t noticed before. That’s exactly what happened the other week when I was reading through Mark. I am going through the book very, very slowly, after about a month of starting the book I am only on chapter 3, but it was last week while going through chapter 2 that something jumped out at me. The story at the beginning of Mark 2 is of Jesus healing the paralytic man. In this case Jesus doesn’t just happen to pass the guy and…


    Restlessness and Thought Bubbles

    Have you ever felt like God was calling you to do something; He gave you the desire, some gifts to help you with it but it feels like He forgot to give you the map to get there? This is the space I have been in lately. And by lately, I really mean the last four years. It has me completely restless because I feel like I was made for more (which is pretty much the title and subtitle of the book, Restless). This “normal” western life is not the kind of life I feel called to live. I feel as though I am supposed to make a difference somewhere…


    Productivity, Procrastination & “Doing it All”

    I am a fairly productive person. I love creating to do lists and that satisfaction of checking things off of the list (admittedly, I will sometimes add a task to the list after I’ve already done it so I can have the joy of checking it off). So, it may come as a surprise to people who know me now that I used to be, and still am at times, a procrastinator. (Just ask Jared, I am terrible at procrastinating when it comes to putting receipts into our budget.) But I’ve come a long way from my serious procrastination days. I thought it would be fun to share a few…


    Choosing a Verse for the Season & 20 Verse Ideas

    For the past few years I have been trying to get better at memorizing Bible verses. When I was young I was in the habit of memorizing a lot of verses thanks to school, AWANA and Sunday school but the expectation to continue memorizing verses went away as I became an adult and so did the habit. One way I’ve been trying to get into the habit of memorizing verses in the last few verses is by choosing a verse for the season. Taking time to dive into the verse, displaying it in my home or other visible places and reading it often have helped me to memorize a number…


    Simplicity Parenting Book Club – Introduction & Chapter One

    Welcome to the first week of our Simplicity Parenting book club! This week will be be chatting about the introduction and chapter 1, here’s the schedule for the rest of the book: September 12 – chapters 2 & 3 September 19 – chapters 4 & 5 September 26 – chapter 6 & epilogue This book was a re-read for me. I believe I read it for the first time about four years ago. What I really enjoy about the book is how practical and straight forward it is. The idea of simplicity parenting is not a hard one to grasp but it can be a difficult one to actually follow…


    Being a Better, More Intentional Friend

    Last year I read a book, of course I can’t remember the name right now, but in essence it was all about learning how to be a better friend. It was exactly the book that I needed to read. I don’t have a great friend history. I had the same “best friend” for most of elementary school but when I switched school we drifted apart even though we still lived close together. Now I have a general idea where she is living but with the exception of one short email I haven’t heard from her for well over fifteen years. (Oh man, feeling old right now.) In my new school…