My year of surgeries…
Though in my ideal world, 2022 would have been a year blessed with the wonderful news of a pregnancy (honestly, it would have been 2021 and even 2020 on my terms); it has instead been a year of surgeries. Now, I’m quite familiar with surgery, and this is not the only time that I have had 2 or more surgeries in the same…Keep reading
Accepting the Rebel…
The term “Rebel” means different things to different people. Merriam Webster provides the verb definition as either: 1) to oppose or disobey one in authority or control or 2) to renounce and resist by force the authority of one’s government. Doesn’t sound exactly like a Christian virtue, does it? Most Bible reading that I come across that translates with Rebel doesn’t mean anything…Keep reading
Does the Bible say Christians boys should be Circumcised? A discussion about God’s covenants.
I have heard this question come up a good deal in my life as a Christian. The topic usually comes into question when Christians who desire to follow God’s Word find out they are having a child, as it did for me. I was asked about why I was not planning to circumcise my son since I was a Christian. I think the…Keep reading
Does God expect us to be righteous or faithful? What’s the difference and does it matter?
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11 We know that as Christians we are called to pursue these things, but what is righteousness? What is faith? To what extent can we achieve either? And what is the relationship between them? For a very long time I have considered questions…Keep reading
“Trust in the Experts” versus “Becoming Convinced Yourself”
I don’t know if I would call it naive, overly trusting, or simply ignorant, but innocently enough, I never thought to question the things that I was taught…in school, in jobs, in life. If someone was an expert, a professional, or a teacher with experience, I simply thought, “Who am I to question them?” In many respects, this philosophy is wise and trustworthy.…Keep reading
Infertility Trouble Take 2: Perspective after discussing unanswered prayers with a 4-yr-old
I have really tried not to keep count this time as we try for our third child, but it’s clear that it has been a while at this point…1.5 years marked from Quinton’s 1st birthday. I decided to write this post though after a discussion with my 4-year-old son, who was the joyful outcome of our first round of infertility, soon after I…Keep reading
How can I keep the timeline of the Bible straight?
My first hurdle in learning the meta-narrative of the Bible was keeping the timeline straight. If anyone has tried to read the Bible cover-to-cover, you may relate to what I’m talking about. Most of the Bible is not in chronological order, but rather listed thematically or by speaker. Most of the books of the Prophets span many time periods and often are contextually…Keep reading
Sharing a [full] response to the Gospel – Gospel Series Part 3
This is Part 3 of a series! In this post, I focus on how to share a full response to the Gospel when the person is ready to ask “What must I do to be saved?” Make sure to check out Part 1 as I introduce sharing the Gospel with others and Part 2 (a deep dive into the whole Gospel) first so…Keep reading
Do we truly understand the [Whole] Gospel? Gospel Series Part 2
This is Part 2 of the Gospel series! Make sure to check out Part 1 to find out what this has to do with sharing the Gospel! When I was young and even as I got older, I feared how to talk to others about the Gospel and how I could answer their questions. I have found that as I studied the over-arching…Keep reading
Are we sharing the [Whole] Gospel? – Gospel Series Part 1
When I was young, I remember being terrified at the thought of talking to people about the Gospel. I worried about what I would say to someone who wanted to be saved. I knew I was supposed to share the Good News, but I didn’t know what that meant exactly. I was taught to use a handful of key verses as anchors for…Keep reading
We are all ignorant about some things…let’s not accept ignorance about the Bible
I’m a researcher…before I buy something, I read all the reviews, get opinions, look at the comparable products and also do price comparisons on multiple websites. It is exhausting, even to me at times, but it’s how I work through things. And yet, there were quite a few areas of my life, especially my young adult life, that I knew very little about.…Keep reading
Weeding through the “special” days and forgetting about what time it is…
In so many ways, I feel time – or rather how I spend my time – creeping in on me. I feel more and more pressure from myself to never miss an important moment with my kids. I think in some ways the slow down of COVID has helped us to take notice of these smaller moments. But I just feel so behind…Keep reading
Remembering God’s perspective during the walk of Faith
The best preachers force us to question ourselves. I have been interested in writing about Faith for a while. I have been unpacking the idea of faith during a deep study of Romans and Faith is the basis of the kids class I have crafted to teach the book of Hebrews to 3-5 year olds. But after hearing a recent sermon (listen here),…Keep reading
A perfectionist’s guide to letting go of a checklist mindset – Reset your resolutions
If you are a perfectionist like me, you may have a list (after list, after list) of checkboxes for your life. I kept track of my military responsibilities with checkboxes…or bullets for those things that didn’t require me to do something. I loved every organization or list-keeping technique that I was shown along the way. So when I left the military and transitioned…Keep reading
Each New Year
At the end of the year, rather than make a bunch of resolutions, which I am no good at and prefer to accomplish whenever I feel like it rather than on a certain reset date, I would like to look back at the year and assess what God has shown me and how I have grown. 2020: What a year this has been.…Keep reading
Ladies: Your Health Matters! Do fertility treatments actually help?
We are trying to conceive (TTC), yet again. This time trying for baby #3, Lord willing. I can’t help but reflect on how different my experience is now than it was in 2015. God has already blessed us tremendously with 2 children that I wasn’t sure we would ever have. One child was blessed to us with the help of IUI. Our second…Keep reading
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