Category Archives: from the heart

We met in seminary, We were in love, and both of us had a passion for ministry and an excitement of what lay ahead. They said marriage is difficult enough without the aspect of a past and a struggle that once a church finds out about, they probably won’t want you on their staff.  We had […]

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  Do your 2018 goals involve $$$$$$? When you are pursuing your financial goals in 2018 and you are reading books, or going to conferences, developing your marketing mentality, or taking advice from Christian financial leaders, Be sure to ask yourself: – Do they equate financial gain with God’s blessing? – Is it assumed that […]

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Someone asked me recently what it has cost us in speaking up for, standing up with, and moving closer to marginalized communities, hard places, and systems broken by injustice and challenging the Church to run towards them with eyes wide open instead of away (which too often in our fearful nature and American mindsets we […]

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Believing family, church members, christian leaders, close friends…. Sometimes it feels like you are withdrawing your relationship with certain believers in your life in hopes that they will change their tune, or not talk so much about controversial issues, or you are truly concerned for their walk with the Lord due to differences you are […]

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When your eyes start to be open to the injustices facing marginalized communities…. it feels like taking an overseas mission trip that is at the same time the most amazing life-giving and heart breaking experience.  And then you come back home and you can’t decide if you’re awful for kissing the ground you live on […]

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When alcoholics realize they have a problem and get sober they probably have to steer clear of alcohol or anything that might lead to alcohol for a long time….. when someone realizes they have a problem with self-righteousness… do they steer clear of the church, of quiet times, of christians and their culture? I think […]

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*I wrote this post mostly for my heart sake… it’s not a super sunny post and it kinda feels all over the place, but it’s what my heart is processing and wanted to write and remember. I don’t know why, but I love  In Memory Of  segments of shows like CBS Sunday Morning and Oscars and shows […]

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Last week I shared just a little bit about the fears that we go through as parents who have lost a child even now 5 years later and I’m sure for many years to come.  But today I wanted to share about the overwhelming joys that have come because of being chosen to walk through […]

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“Wow! You have your hands full.” I get that a lot as I’m sure you can imagine. I’ve started replying “Yes, but my Heart is very Full as well.” “How do you do it?”   It’s then that I wish I had more time than just for a passing comment. Because I would love to […]

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I’ve been wanting to write this post ever since we celebrated Asher’s 3rd birthday this August. I just haven’t had the time…. or really the words. But one of God’s precious gifts to me through the past 3 years has been being an expectant mommy to 4 babies and each time the closer they got […]

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Dan called me from L.A last year when he was chaperoning a school mission trip, and he was telling me all what he was doing and I asked him if the group was fun and did he like them, he said yes but he said there’s one person who has made this trip a total […]

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I didn't expect or plan on taking such a long break from blogging but it was much needed and when I went to start back again, I just couldn't post on here for some reason. It was almost like this blog was sacred (in a dedicated to; in honour of type of way, not in a […]

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Well, I normally like saving these for fun random lists… but life is soooo random right now I thought it would be perfect!  1. Zoe is pretty much potty trained. She just started coming to me and letting me know when she had to go and wa-la! the girl is going most all the time. […]

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If I had a nickel for every time someone said "you are just like your dad" I'd probably be one rich gal. :o)  Growing up I remember him apologizing to me for that, I guess because some of the reasons that would get me in trouble or some of the crazy things I would do […]

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We walked into the Appleby's, both Dan and I a little nervous. Would she show up? Would she cry? How would Zoe act? We were seated and we waited for her while feelings of gratefulness and protectiveness both churned inside our hearts. This woman had given us our daughter. We had visited with her in […]

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Affections… that term has been brought up a lot the past few weeks… at small group, at church, in Dan and my conversations… It's an element of my Christian walk that has great highs and lows. I'm really desiring to grow in this area and to be conformed into one who has much more consistency […]

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First and foremost I want to wish my mother a wonderful Mothers Day! I’m so blessed to be your daughter. I’m so glad you opened up your life to me at a time when life would totally change for you by having a baby. I’m so glad you decided after a day of preschool that […]

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I LOVE flying. I don't know what it is about it, but I love it.  Normally I sit on an isle seat so that Zoe and I have a little wiggle room, but this time I had a window seat (because it was close to the front and had an empty seat next to it…can't […]

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Okay, so just to clairfy… these are things that I wondered at the time if they would be a mistake or could have been a mistake or that others have told me would be or generally are a mistake. So, read on and you'll see what I mean.  1.  Apprenticed instead of working a real paying job.  […]

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I thought my 10 for Tuesday would be all about my family today. Which is perfect because I have 8 brothers and sisters and then my parents and parent-in-loves make 10!  I'll start with the parents and work my way down.   1. My in-laws! They truly have loved me from day , Dan and […]

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