authenticity, comparison, discernment, grace

Do I have food in my teeth?

I have big teeth, and I cannot lie. This is a fact. They attract green leafy food. I could try to defend against it by not showing my teeth--painfully keeping my mouth closed while at dinner with friends or in the company of strangers. There's a problem, though. My mouth was made to smile, to… Continue reading Do I have food in my teeth?

authenticity, comparison, gifts and talents, insecurity, spiritual growth, The body of Christ, transformation by truth, Uncategorized

Encouragement to my fellow women

(These are notes from my last session this weekend...an open letter to my sisters in Christ.) The more we KNOW him, the more we understand ourselves and who He created us to be. I love to hear people’s stories. We think we know someone, but we do not understand them well until we know how… Continue reading Encouragement to my fellow women

Anxiety, authenticity, comparison, discernment, grace, insecurity, parenting, the gospel, transformation by truth

A good mom…

Well, it's building again.  That pressure to do the right thing, to do it the best way, to prove your worth is on the rise.  Where does it come from?  From women's mouths, popular books, sub-cultural norms to your ears--actually straight to your heart.  The words marinate in your heart until you believe it and… Continue reading A good mom…

authenticity, comparison, discernment, eternal things, God's word, idols, infertility, self-absorption, transformation by truth, trusting God, Uncategorized

Where does my hope come from?

Jack turned one a few Sundays ago.  My heart was full with thanks, memories, relief that that first month was not to be relived:).  What a beautiful, fun-loving, joyful, strong, funny, determined little one we are blessed with.  In the time of postpartum depression, I could never have imagined the beauty of his life and… Continue reading Where does my hope come from?

authenticity, comparison, God's word, grace, humility, prayer, spiritual growth, transformation by truth, Uncategorized

The Tyranny of Criticism

The last few weeks, I have been working with a couple of the young women I disciple to help them identify where their hearts are in the everyday.  The objective is to stop and identify where they are as they come to God--sharing their heart with God, joys, disappointments and confusion.  This is where prayer… Continue reading The Tyranny of Criticism

Anxiety, authenticity, comparison, discernment, learning boundaries, Uncategorized

Great Expectations: What to Expect?

I wish it were the novel...but it's the list in my head.  So many expectations...in every area of my life.  Some are specific and some are inferred.  Some are imperative--feed, clothe, love, educate my child, cook dinner more frequently than not, laundry...make sure my house does not look like the atomic bomb exploded in it.… Continue reading Great Expectations: What to Expect?