Christmas lights and decorations lined store windows and decorated the walkways all through the city. It was beautiful. Even the airport sparkled! I heaved my overstuffed carry-on up onto my shoulder and set off to find my gate. Holidays. What were they to me? This year I spent Thanksgiving abroad. This blog post was written as I sat sipping a latte in a famous Finland café. By the time I returned to the states, I had approximately three ... Read More about How to Celebrate Christmas When Home is Hard to Find
“It’s so wonderful to see you! How are you?” We talked a mile a minute as we began to catch up. Old friends from our high school homeschool group, we hadn’t seen each other in years. We were so much the same, and yet so different. “What do you want to be doing?” she asked as we finished reminiscing about the past and began to share future dreams. I looked more closely at my old friend. Would she understand what I wanted to share? I took a ... Read More about Why Experience Is Not a Qualification for Mentoring
“What are you going to do to change the world for God?” I blinked across the table at Ken Bevel, leading actor in the then soon be released movie “Courageous”. We were talking about the weather and where we were all from and then, all of a sudden, that question. Stunned, I scrambled for words, searching my heart. What did I want to do to change the world for God? As the waiters brought out dessert, I answered something about helping people ... Read More about How to Bring Discipleship Out of Bible Study Into Life
All I wanted was a Keurig in my early twenties with my coffee in a to-go mug. Travel mugs symbolized I was grown up, a professional, with important things to do and places to be. Time to brew a regular cup of coffee? Maybe someday when I was a grandparent. Over the years the Keurig splashed out hundreds of cups of coffee as I frantically ran out the door, late to one more meeting or with a to do list long enough to strangle my soul. Coffee ... Read More about From the Keurig to the French Press
The beginning of a relationship is full of excitement, nerves, fear, joy, hope and opinions. Lots of opinions. The input of friends and family during this time is crucial, valuable and life-giving. But it can also be totally overwhelming! None of us want to be the giver or receiver of input that doesn't build up during this fragile, vulnerable time. I've been on both sides, and found that whether you are in a new relationship ... Read More about When Others Write Your Love Story
I sat down at the table across from my pastor and his wife and took a deep breath. I was about to tell them I was going to be less involved with our young adults group at church*. Two hours later with peace and their blessing, I embarked on a new adventure – creating community with the women in my backyard. In each of us there is a deep hunger to belong. It’s an innate human need, and it’s also part of the culture of the established church. ... Read More about Singleness and the Church
My hair loves nothing better than a good stripping. Thick and curly, shampoo and conditioner quickly weigh down my ebony tresses, pulling out the curl and giving me enough frizz to make me wonder if I’m related to a lion (some days, our manes would be comparable). Tea tree oil shampoo and apple cider vinegar become my best friends as they strip away the buildup in my hair from good things like conditioner. In the same way that my hair needs a ... Read More about The Trust of Silence
I couldn’t believe my eyes! I gasped aloud at the incredulity of it. Someone was backing into my car -- as I stood there and watched! Completely oblivious to the fact that I was watching, the man didn’t even get out of his car to check the damage. My blood pressure soared – what was he thinking? He owed me the decency to at least get out of his car and apologize! ‘Owed me’. I felt this man owed me a debt of decency, respect and apology. ... Read More about The Bait of Satan (book review)
Is who you are determined by your personality type; or is your personality type determined by who you are? A packed question, but one we should be asking ourselves. This month at Kindred Grace we have spent a lot of time discussing personality types and preferences, and it’s been great! As a huge fan of personality profiles, I believe it’s very important to understand how the Lord has created us in order to serve Him more effectively. Knowing ... Read More about Do Personality Profiles Describe or Define Us?
Looking around the room, I desperately tried to quell the panic rising up in my throat. There were piles everywhere! I felt so overwhelmed. The truth that had been nudging me for a few days, now pierced through my brain fog with a question, “Katie, how would you tell your interns to view this situation?” I squirmed as the truth confronted me. Flashing back to this summer I pictured the worksheets and the interns' faces as we went over Tom ... Read More about Choosing Strength
Are you haunted or excited by the thought that many girls end up marrying someone a lot like their dad? If you have a great relationship with your father, the idea of marrying a guy like him can be comforting. It’s an honor to marry a godly man like your dad if he was a father who introduced to you Christ and exemplified the love of God to you. If that’s your dream, then praise the Lord! But perhaps you are the girl who could use some ... Read More about Will I Really Marry a Guy Like My Dad?
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matt 6:33, ESV) What if we based our search for a spouse on seeking first the kingdom of God? What if our criteria for entering into a dating or courting relationship was not based on how we felt, but on our compatibility for serving the Lord and seeking Him together? In Sacred Search, Gary Thomas asks these questions and more. Thomas takes an ... Read More about Sacred Search (review)