Hospitality Hints is a monthly feature on our blog (this is the first one!) with some helpful hints for being hospitable in everyday life. Our hints may involve inviting people over, but not always! Most of the time, they will be about having a posture of hospitality—welcoming others into our lives.  Ways to Love New Moms We don't know about y'all, but our Facebook and Instagram feeds … [Read more...]

A couple of months ago I heard a worship song that I have since played over and over and over and over again (you can ask my roommate and my friends—they’ll tell you). It’s “Good, Good Father” by Housefires, and I think I’ve finally realized why I love the song so much. It’s because it declares who God is. It declares His goodness to His people, and because of His goodness, we see who we are in … [Read more...]

I have a pen-pal. I know, right? Who has a pen pal these days? Well I do. Her name is Clare and she is the most adorable 10-year-old girl on the face of the planet. Ever. We don’t speak the same language, but with the help of my friends at Compassion International, I’m able to write letters to Clare and maintain this special friendship from over 7,000 miles away. I am Clare’s sponsor—meaning I … [Read more...]

I’m 48 years old, single, and have never had children of my own. I’ve never been pregnant. This was a shock to the beautiful women I met in Uganda in late January. We were all sharing testimonies. Mine was simple. Divorced, no children, but God has been faithful. Theirs were much more difficult and heartbreaking; husbands kicking them out for only having female children, children with HIV, … [Read more...]

A few years ago, our family decided to have our Easter lunch at my Mama’s house, just like we used to do when we were growing up. Church commitments had kept my siblings, cousins, and me at our respective houses for several years in a row, but that year we determined that instead of trying to convince my Mama why she shouldn’t go to any trouble for all of us, we’d just shut our collective mouths … [Read more...]

  “…the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:10) “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2b) Atlantic City, New Jersey is well known for its casinos to be sure. But did you know that it is also the home of the Miss America Pageant and has been since 1921? The city is also the home of the world … [Read more...]

Because it’s the 20th Anniversary of LifeWay Women’s partnership with Beth Moore, we thought it would be a great opportunity to ask her some questions. And we’d love to share her answers with you! This is part two of a three-part series. Click here to see Part 1. Was there a turning point in your spiritual journey?  The huge turning point in my spiritual journey was at 27 when I took my … [Read more...]

  Because it's the 20th Anniversary of LifeWay Women's partnership with Beth Moore, we thought it would be a great opportunity to ask her some questions. And we'd love to share her answers with you! This will be part one of a three-part series. On Marriage & Family What's your #1 marriage advice? Be willing to fall back in love again. And again. And again. And again. And … [Read more...]

“And His Resting Place Shall Be Glorious” Seattle is known for the Space Needle, Microsoft, Starbucks, and, well, rain. But after this weekend at Living Proof Live in Seattle there are those who also know it as a place of awakening to the Holy Spirit and a place to find rest in God. When Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo 11 he had a purpose in landing. He would become the first person to … [Read more...]

  “What are you talking about?” “Just this book we are reading.” “Really? What is the book? You know I’m always reading something! Maybe I’d like it.” “Uh…no, you probably wouldn’t.” After a pause, “It’s not the kind of book we normally read, but we’ve heard so many people talking about it.” After a moment of hesitation, my friends went on to tell me about Fifty Shades of Grey, … [Read more...]