Christ’s View of Women

In Christ’s day, Roman and Jewish courts would not accept the testimony of a woman. This is why it’s so amazing that Christ’s very first witness of His resurrection was a woman, and even more incredible that He gave her the first apostolic call to “go and tell.” Listen in to this brief clip from … Continued

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Receiving Treasure

We sat on the hot sand moments after pulling into the beach rental. We didn’t have time to find the beach chairs before all seven of our kids found the ocean!  “How many years have we done this?” I asked Carolyn, my South African friend of over fifteen years. We both squinted our eyes as … Continued

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Right Thing Right Motive

Motivation has always intrigued me (Tori). Why do I do what I do and for what purpose? Growing up, my mom always said, “Tor, you have to do the right thing for the right reason. It has to be both.” Bad motivation asks, “What’s in it for me?” while good motivation asks, “What’s in it … Continued

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When Fear Gets Loud

I don’t know about you but fear can get awfully loud inside of me. The more attention I give it, the stronger and louder it gets. A childhood memory of mine reminds me of this painful truth, but it also shows me the beauty of what’s on the other side of fear when I choose … Continued

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How Humor Can Resolve Conflict

The details about how the argument began are a bit foggy. Jason and I hadn’t been married two years because we only had our first born, Trae. He was in a stroller and we were walking through a parking lot making our way to the county fair. I’m sure I had all sorts of expectations … Continued

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The Thoughts I Think Toward You

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 It had been a long day! I was tired. I tried to get excited about our “fun” evening planned but everything felt like so much work. Jason … Continued

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Sowing & Reaping

I can’t tell you how many times I heard my dad quote this, especially during my teenage years… “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” Jason can imitate him saying it perfectly. I get tongue-tied every time I … Continued

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Beans & Cornbread

“So Pa, what is your favorite meal of all time?” I asked my 82-year-old grandfather after his retirement party, trying to get him excited for his big trip south to live near all of us. “Funny you ask Darling,” he began as he cocked his head and focused past me with a gentle smile on … Continued

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Oneness over Likeness

“You don’t think good of me!” I burst out into tears and felt them pour down my little face. How I remember that ancient moment so effortlessly yet have to work hard to keep my kid’s names straight, I can’t tell you! I couldn’t have been more than seven years old and I have no … Continued

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The Gift of Appreciation

I had a conversation with my mom on the phone a while back that really struck me. Dad was out on their back deck and I was sitting on our front porch, a distance of less than 50 yards between the two (yes, we’re neighbors and Jason is cool with it!). I could hear dad … Continued

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