November 5th is a special day in our family. It's the date that Madelyn (our oldest) professed her faith in God for the first time. Since she was so young, it has been important to us to have conversations with her as she develops emotionally/mentally. We want her to think about her past, present, and … Continue reading Madelyn Grace,
"God, please keep my babies safe." I've whispered that prayer several hundred times. It just kinda comes out when I'm dropping my girls (7 and 9) off at school. It's not planned...it's probably not even exactly what I want, but it's what I ask. (that's a whole different story) I went all summer without even … Continue reading Back to school…
If I could change one thing about children's ministry, it would be church attendance. Kidmins may be the most un-churched people in the church. Four myths that make us think kidmins aren't allowed to sit down (in church): The nature of children's ministry is organized chaos. You don't get the luxury of an RSVP for … Continue reading Is your Kidmin Un-churched?
You know those pastors that just show up at your house with very little warning? That was Keith. It drove me crazy. I may or may not have given warnings to friends if he mentioned "stopping by" to chat. (They always appreciated the heads up.) I remember the first time it happened to me. We … Continue reading Keith Dust
Take a second to divide the things you do each week into one of two categories: Serious/Necessary vs. Fun/Leisure It's not hard to categorize. Humans have to get stuff done- homework, taxes, weekly reports, chores, etc. Should you find joy in it? Yes. #superchristian Do you find joy in it? Every once in a while...maybe? … Continue reading Disney Baptist Church
I should be a minimalist. After all, about once a week, I imagine how liberating it would feel to pack up 90% of all my kids' toys, and sling them out of the second floor window of my home. Clutter free carpet. Beds that have nothing underneath them. Kitchen islands that are only for preparing … Continue reading Materialistic, Messy Monsters
Imagine yourself in an interview for your dream job. Someone asks you this question: "What are you passionate about?" If you are like me, you were already a little nervous (ugh...interviews). Your heart rate picks up a bit more because your mind just stepped into panic mode. I mean, there are so many places to … Continue reading Dream Job
Sam was an exceptional boss. He had high, clearly communicated expectations. "Dream big." "Think outside of the box." Those are words that we creative minds loooove to hear. But...when it came to basics, I knew exactly what he expected of me as an employee. I didn't always agree with his expectations...but I respected them... because they were … Continue reading Keep going…
I get the unique opportunity to ask kids BIG questions in a setting that is somewhat pressure free (yay Kids First Worship). "Are there things that you DON'T want to talk to your parents about?" Every hand goes up (yes, even my kids). It surprises me every time. I go on to explain to them … Continue reading Parenting Young Children: Ask Specific Questions
A few years ago, I filled out a cheesy spiritual gifts questionnaire at a local women's event. Of course, I scored high in all the things I liked: charisma, intuition, teaching. I got two stinking points in evangelism. My thoughts: I'm a "go with the flow" kinda person...not looking to step on any toes...and not looking … Continue reading If a kid walked into my office right now?