The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope
Nov 4, 2014
This short book by eight women explores the daily trials and worries of motherhood.
Learning to Abide in Christ
Jun 10, 2014
Jesus tells us that we are his friends. Let that soak in for a minute.
Designed for Joy
How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Jul 31, 2015
God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles. And these roles are integral to God’s timeless good design for humanity.
The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood
Jul 31, 2015
Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and woman as his image-bearers — equal in dignity, but distinct in roles. Contrary to popular opinion, these distinctive roles of men and women are not the cultural fads of…
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: A Review
Oct 8, 2012
There are several reasons why I decided to read and review Rachel Held Evans’ forthcoming book A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master" (Thomas…
When a Black Woman Married a White Man
Jun 10, 2013
It’s interesting that something so commonplace and natural to me can be such a mystery to others. You see, I’m a black woman married to a white man. For many — perhaps more than would like to admit — my…
Weary Mom, Come to Me
Mar 16, 2017
Jesus lovingly calls us to come with all our cares, all our fears, and all our burdens.
Why We Can Trust Him
Mar 24, 2015
*Trust in the Lord.* Those little words do indeed pack a lot of truth, but what does it really mean to trust the Lord and how might our encouragement better point us to the One we can trust? In other words, yes, we want to trust the Lord, but why can we?
The Amazing Calling of Being “Mom”
Apr 3, 2013
The other morning I woke up while my children were still sleeping and began to pray. I started thinking about my identity. What am I? Who am I? As I settled into my prayer time I began to rejoice at…
Legalism or Love? Religious or Radical?
May 22, 2013
If you’re struggling with legalism, don’t fight it by quitting your quiet times. That’s the good advice I remember once hearing from a pastor. In other words, there’s a temptation to presumably fight legalism by running away from good things…
Three Benefits of Discipleship
Feb 13, 2014
What happens when you get a group of women in a room to discuss life and the gospel? Talking. Lots of talking. And questions. More questions than you can imagine. Why? Because we need each other, and sometimes life can…
Biblical Womanhood and the Problem of the Old Testament
Oct 15, 2012
As explained in my review of A Year of Biblical Womanhood, much of Rachel Held Evans’ book could be summed up, sadly, as an attempt to discount the validity of Scripture. I am hopeful that she does not intend…
Why Accountability Matters
Feb 28, 2013
We call it accountability. Beginning in 2001 I had the privilege each and every Friday afternoon to meet with two women for mutual encouragement and prayer. We did this for several years and remain accountable to each other to this…
Moving Beyond the Stalemate in Marriage
Aug 22, 2013
Let me be honest from the start. At the beginning of my marriage, I was a harsh jerk. My self-righteous impatience made it almost impossible for my husband to plan even a Saturday out for the two of us because…
It’s Good to Be a Jar of Clay
Jul 25, 2013
Clay jars are delicate. They crack easily even though they may seem relatively durable. On one hand, clay jars are refined by fire. There are several steps to making them, culminating with the kiln. This furnace carries the clay from…
Our Children for Our Joy
Oct 21, 2013
I dropped my son off at his school and yelled my usual through the rolled down window, “I love you. Make good choices. Obey your teacher.” As I began to roll up the window and drive away, my little first…
Meet the Family of God
Feb 27, 2014
There is no denying the importance of family. My husband and children are my first priority and God’s gift to me. When my husband is discouraged, it’s a privilege to come alongside him and encourage him. When my kids are…
Even Grace Can Lead to Legalism
Jun 14, 2016
A certain love for grace can impose a new kind of law on others. All efforts at obedience begin to look like legalism, rather than like evidence of grace.
Femininity: June Cleaver, Clair Huxtable, or the Valiant Woman?
Aug 22, 2012
One of my female icons growing up was Oprah Winfrey. I dreamed of being like her one day. After high school, I went to college and did everything I could to be successful. I made good grades, took internships, studied…
Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing
Dec 6, 2012
I have walked this earth a short 34 years, but in that time I have experienced a wide range of various trials. As a young child my parents struggled financially resulting in the occasional electricity being shut off and visits…
Fitness Goals and the New Year
Jan 5, 2013
The new year ushers in new resolutions and fitness historically lands at the top of new year’s resolution goals for most people. I’ve been a part of the fitness industry for nearly eight years off and on. Each January fitness…
You Are the Hands of Jesus
Loving the Unborn, Unloved, and Neglected
Feb 3, 2016
God is worthy of all of our awe, and it is good to fear the Lord. But have you ever given much thought to how intimate God’s love and care is for people?
Celebrating Diversity in Our Homes
Apr 25, 2012
I was 22 when I began doing outreach and evangelism with my church college ministry, Volunteers for Christ. When I began knocking on dorm room doors at the University of Tennessee, I was filled with excitement and anticipation. I thought…
How to Teach Your Kids About the Nations
Mar 27, 2014
My kids are young. They are young and impressionable, which is why my husband and I have chosen to start teaching them about the nations now. Their curiosity actually began well before we pulled out the flags and books about…