“Wait, how many people are in your family? Christmas must be crazy at your house!” I smile and nod. It’s a comment I've heard more times than I can count. Yes, Christmas is always crazy in a house with 12 children, and siblings introducing boyfriends/girlfriends and spouses to the mix. There are three things that happen every Christmas in my family without fail: We’re big and crazy! We’re always close to broke. We’re blessed with ... Read More about Practical Christmas Gifts for Big Families
Did you ever have concept that was really hard for you to grasp? I've had many of them. While studying 1 John recently, I kept noticing that it talks about us having Christ in us, as well as us being in Christ. With the holiday season and Christmas quickly approaching, many of us will get the chance to talk about hope and Christ being "in us". But what does it mean for us to be in Christ? I struggled with a vague knowledge of this concept for ... Read More about What does it mean for us to be in Christ?
A 67!! My heart sank as my stomach rose into my throat and they crashed into each other, making me want to hurl as I ran out of the student center. A 67 on my Family, Church and Society mid term?! How could this be? I was a 4.0 student back home! I knew Focus Leadership Institute was going to be more difficult academically, but this was ridiculous. I was beyond mortified! If I could ever stop crying, and get up the nerve to go talk with Dr. ... Read More about how you learn it
Event planner, wedding coordinator, small group leader, mentor, oldest of twelve children, and chief cook and bottle washer. Planning and scheduling are not just what I do, they are who I’ve become. My entire life is made up of schedules and game plans – I thrive on them! I also love adventure, but only when it’s properly scheduled, of course. So what happens when an adventure occurs that is not scheduled? Like bad weather, delayed flights, or a ... Read More about 4 Keys to Surviving the Unscheduled
My story isn’t a Hollywood one: I didn't marry my first love or end up with my best friend. In fact, my story is still being written -- but I have the best part already. My ‘happily ever after’ is starting now, right here in the middle of my manuscript. Several years ago I suffered from an acute broken heart after I ended a relationship with my first love, the man I thought I was going to marry. Not only did my heart break, but my world ... Read More about Redefining Redemption
Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Cycles, seasons, changes – good and bad, death and life – each season and cycle following the Divine Master’s plan. Each change and transition happens consistently, yet each is different and unique. One spring it’s cold and rainy, the next warm and sunny. How we act and dress in each season depends on the weather; no one wears wool pea-coats or heavy jackets all year round, yet that is exactly how a lot of ... Read More about Spirit-Led Relationships
My heart broke as I watched him walk away. Lord, why? Why am I here in this place? Why are you showing me this? I feel as if my hands are tied. I would fight this battle for him I could, but I’m left to only fight alongside him in a way that feels far short of the mark. Our brothers in Christ are in the midst of a battle. Satan is having a heyday with the young men of this generation. By lulling them into complacency and a place of ... Read More about how I pray for my brothers
You know you’re the second mom in a big family when… You start saying the same things to your siblings that your mom said to you. Your siblings accidentally call you Mom. You’re always counting heads to make sure everyone is accounted for. Your siblings ask you what’s for dinner even when it’s not your night. Your siblings come running to you first, or call for you when they get hurt. You long for a small “normal” family, but ... Read More about Big Sister: Second Mom
Q. I have known this guy for a few weeks and he says he is in love with me. But I don't really want to be in a relationship right now. I have no idea what I am doing. I just need some advice on how to turn him down gently. -Laura* A. Laura, thank you for your question. I’d love to share with you some personal examples of the things I’ve learned and what the Lord has taught me about guys and relationships. I just want to say how awesome I ... Read More about Q&A – Saying No to a Relationship
In the fall of 2010, I had the privilege of watching the very first pre-showing of the movie Courageous during my internship at Focus on the Family. It was a night that changed my life. As I walked out of the theater, I began asking the promoters and Courageous staff what they were going to do for women. While the movie specifically focuses on encouraging men, as a woman, I walked away very challenged as well. Challenged to pray for and encourage ... Read More about A Women’s Resolution?
As I was reading and praying through your feedback to the recent survey here on YLCF, my heart alternately rejoiced and broke over your prayer requests and your stories. Thank you for sharing! As one single to another, I too have known what it’s like to wonder if you’ll ever find love. As you shared your stories, I'd like to share a little bit of mine, in the hope that the Lord would encourage you no matter what season of singleness or ... Read More about Fulfilled in February
Before a beginning there is always an end. Just as with a new year there is always a closing of an old year. Springs always comes after winter. Morning always follows a dark night. Seasons and cycles are everywhere around us, but they often become such an ingrained part of our lives that we fail to notice the consistency of order in them. They are always there. This consistent order in the cycles of life, creation, and nature are a direct ... Read More about why God never calls us from something without calling us to something