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#1 Life-Hack for Exhausted Moms

Faithful Daughter Author, Ami McConnel Guest Post! My beautiful, determined sixteen-year-old daughter Maddie recently got her driver’s license. Friends ask me if I’m worried. Truth is I might be—if I … Continue reading #1 Life-Hack for Exhausted Moms

What Is Lent, and Why Is It Worth My Time and Effort?

Lent is the 46-day penitential season between Ash Wednesday and Easter. It is a time to prepare our hearts anew for resurrection. If you didn’t grow up in a church … Continue reading What Is Lent, and Why Is It Worth My Time and Effort?

Ash Wednesday

“You Have Something On Your Forehead”- What is the Deal with Ash Wednesday?

Today is Ash Wednesday, a Holy Day of prayer that begins the season of Lent. If you, like me, didn’t grow up observing Ash Wednesday, here are a few things … Continue reading “You Have Something On Your Forehead”- What is the Deal with Ash Wednesday?

pancakes

Pass the Pancakes- It’s Shrove Tuesday!

Most of us have heard of Mardi Gras, but unless you are part of a liturgical tradition, you may not know Mardi Gras’s twin- Shrove Tuesday. What is Shrove Tuesday? … Continue reading Pass the Pancakes- It’s Shrove Tuesday!

Taming the Mama Bear

Some people think I am a laid back parent, but they are wrong. I am just worn out. “Mom, how did you get so chill?” My 19-year-old daughter asked me. … Continue reading Taming the Mama Bear

How Long, Lord? When Waiting is Hard Work

Waiting for God is hard work. Throughout my adult life I have spent long, painful seasons waiting for God to bring… Healing. Justice. Provision… Over and over, I have cried … Continue reading How Long, Lord? When Waiting is Hard Work

What the World Needs Now is Love, Love, Love

It is Valentine’s Day, and the world needs love… We need bigger love than roses, chocolates, or sentimental cards. Our world is aching for a love that forgives and heals, … Continue reading What the World Needs Now is Love, Love, Love

Valentines Day Boxes and Crafts

Valentine’s Day Boxes and Tired Moms

Moms. We love our kids. We are anxious. And we are ready to meddle.

How mindfulness helps with stress

What is Your “Default” in Times of Stress?

This week, I made a promise to myself to take steps to get out of my lizard brain by using mindfulness. And there are lots of ways to get there!

Is this Really Your Life? Social Media Makes Me Feel Like a Saggy, Old Disaster

Is this really your life? This is how I feel about all of the gorgeous, carefully tousled, perfectly lit photos I come across on social media. On some level, I … Continue reading Is this Really Your Life? Social Media Makes Me Feel Like a Saggy, Old Disaster

Light in the Darkness

Matthew 4:16 (NIV) the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Don’t skip … Continue reading Light in the Darkness

Advent and Giving Space for the Hard Places

Today, I have a post at (in)courage on the gift of Advent when life is hard. Check it out