Clearing the Clutter

There’s nothing quite like having all of your earthly possessions placed on your front lawn to humble your heart. When my home was doused in inches of water after a pipe burst during work hours last fall, my tears mixed with the water leaking through the dining room ceiling, as I declared that everything would be okay, “it is all just ‘stuff’”. But when my friends showed up,Read Now

Mended by the Cross

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Monday was my last pottery class and as I carried my final pieces back to be fired, my platter split in the middle.  My instructor helped me make a “cast” to seal the break, but by doing so, helped me to fix my eyes on greater things. He sat the piece before me and turned it saying, “Bree, it’s going to be okay. Look atRead Now

Struggle Doesn’t Equal Failure

The alarm goes off and you manage to crack open an eyelid far enough to peer at the glaringly bright display of your phone just long enough to be sure that you hit the snooze button.  And within seconds your eyelid jams shut, as you quickly slip back to sleep for another nine minutes, just for the process to be started all over again.

Car Seat Confessional

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The car was idling out front as I left the warmth of our friends’ home after our small group’s first gathering of the year.  The residual joy lingered in my bones of being in the presence of these people once again after so many months.  I waved to her as she fiddled with something on the dash.  She rolled the passenger-side window down. “You okay?Read Now

Time Management Tips

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You sit before a to do list a mile long.  It calls out task after task that you try to wrap your head around, but you’ve just received your fifth text in two minutes, the baby is crying again, and the laundry pile is reaching an unsafe height… How can you possibly tackle an online book study when a crazy number of responsibilities are demandingRead Now

Two Kinds of Christmas

When I was growing up, each December my family would pile in the minivan and head off to the shopping mall.  My brother and I would sit in the backseat reciting our Christmas wish lists, in hopes that we’d get to cross items off of them early. Upon our arrival, my parents, only by the grace of God, managed to maneuver us quickly through stores andRead Now

Deliver Christ Into the World

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A dear friend of mine is in the homestretch; eagerly awaiting the arrival of her second child.  Months of preparations have taken place, and now all there is to do is wait with excited expectation for this new little person to arrive. And it makes me think about the season we’re celebrating right now, Advent, another time of excited expectation; a time that includes carefulRead Now

All Things New

“Once upon a time” has been in our vocabularies since before many of us could even walk.  We’ve been fascinated with stories; often projecting ourselves into the narratives and living out the adventures alongside our favorite characters. From cover to cover of the Golden Book series or the hand-me-down copies of the classics like Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz, or The Chronicles of Narnia; these collections of wordsRead Now

How Can It Be? // A Redemption Story

Four words.  Four small, seemingly insignificant words have been uttered from the mouths of seemingly insignificant people throughout the generations.  How can it be? It doesn’t matter who you are, what race or language you speak.  It’s not the amount of money in your bank account or the title in which you hold.  Situations arise that send us into spiraling waves of emotion and disbeliefRead Now

Fairy Tale Faith

This post was written by a friend and brother in Christ, Scott Breiding. What you were never told about your life that I am not afraid to tell you: At some point in our lives, many of us trade romance for responsibility. I’ll be the first to confess my old building blocks are covered in dust and have been for years. Every imaginative creation onRead Now