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What’s God saying to you?

Hey friends! Long time, no talk. My fault, really. I’m super busy launching my new LuLaRoe business! But I miss you and had a free second. 

So, since I don’t have much time to write, maybe you can write to me?? In the comments? What has God been saying to you?

He’s been continually telling me to stay connected to the vine. As a mom of three, with baby life, pastor’s wife, actor, entrepreneur, I have little time and energy. Let’s be real. I could stop with BABY LIFE and say I have little time and energy. 

But all of that means nothing if I’m not connecting to Him, glorifying Him, letting Him work in my life. 

So yes, I’m struggling to read the bible and pray, but I continue to fight for time with God. It truly is a fight, and the Spirit will give me the strength and power. But without his word, I’m fighting with a dehydrated, slack-muscled mind. My faith gets weary and doubts start to weigh heavy like an undisciplined meal. 

My accountability helps. My husband encourages. Without that, would I try at all? Or would I wave the white flag and give in, succumbing to living for myself, the American dream, kid idolatry, or some new star to chase? 

What do you think? Am I alone? What is that ONE THING in this world that keeps pushing you toward Him?

Intentional April – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to April Showers and Easter, Week 3

Intentional April

In April, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on… yes, I realize April is halfway over this year, but I don’t mind finishing something I never started. 😉

My conversations with my kids will be about the scripture, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 3

This week, I did a science experiment to make it rain, inspired by the experiment from I Can Teach My Child. I’ve been itching to do this experiment myself, and it’s been hard to hold back because of a certain baby having a growth spurt and keeping me busy. 😀

Make it Rain Experiment

The scripture focus this week, along the “April Showers” theme, is:

he gives rain on the earth, and sends water on the fields: (Job 5:10, NET)

The Lord provides good things for all people, even if they don’t know Him or love Him. This is the idea of “common grace”. I want my kids to really see God’s goodness reflected in creation!

This whole chapter of Job is fascinating and comforting and revealing of God’s works. I highly recommend putting it in your quiet time this week.

Here’s a fun video of us performing the experiment! See how Emma is sticking out her tongue the whole time!? Ha! She’s really listening, don’t ya think? Samuel took his job as DP very seriously and wanted to create a soundtrack for the end… so one of his original songs is included! It was fun to make the YouTube video together.

What is Good Friday and Why are there Eggs for Easter?

What is Good Friday and Why are there Eggs on Easter? Answered by my 6-year old and 3-year old.
We were working on the answers in the car (where many a discipleship lesson takes place).

Their first answer to what is good friday was, A Day You Stay Home From School!!!!!

Even though we’ve taught them about Good Friday, I wasn’t discouraged – I just taught them again! 😉

Hospitality is for God’s Glory


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Does it make you cringe to think of hosting people in your home? Cleaning up twice, preparing food, being ok with mess and broken stuff… some of us (me) can let all of that stop us from answering God’s call to serve each other with hospitality. Let’s look for the blessing instead of the work!

“Show hospitality to one another without complaining… so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 4:9, 11 NET

I am Not at Stake. Psalm 42


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I’ve been thinking about psalm 42. There’s so much richness there. And then this morning, I realized a mistake I made (a minor social embarrassment).

These kinds of things can just marinate in my brain and cause grief. Over something small! I question myself. I long for a redo…. I realize… I’M NOT PERFECT. and I’m not going to be. God’s spiritual fruit will be produced as I connect to the vine, but I must release the expectation that I am what’s at stake. I’m certainly not. But the gospel is. The truth is at stake. And the truth is that I’m chipped like this beautiful teacup. And my Father looks at me as whole and pure because of Jesus. #amen to that.

Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why are you upset? Wait for God! For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention. I am depressed, so I will pray to you while I am trapped here…
Psalms 42:5-6 NET

Don’t Give Up Teaching Bible Memory to Your Kids


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I just want to encourage you moms and dads who are trying to teach your kids scripture by memory.

Don’t Give Up!

One of children is not as strong at rote memory, but we’ve been seeing progress lately, and it’s SO exciting to see the heart fill up with God’s word!

How can a young person maintain a pure life? By guarding it according to your instructions! With all my heart I seek you. Do not allow me to stray from your commands! In my heart I store up your words, so I might not sin against you. You deserve praise, O Lord ! Teach me your statutes! With my lips I proclaim all the regulations you have revealed. I rejoice in the lifestyle prescribed by your rules as if they were riches of all kinds. I will meditate on your precepts and focus on your behavior. I find delight in your statutes; I do not forget your instructions.
Psalms 119:9-16 NET

Motherhood Monotony


I struggled with monotony a lot last week, and let’s face it, a mom’s work is monotonous. One more nap routine, one more time playing princess, one more time letting the kids “cook” (I.e. make a mess).

One more “No.”

Often, the monotony of motherhood is comforting. I guarantee it is for our children. But I’m a creative at heart, and we love change.

So there are times I’m just… bored.

Bored when I struggled to get pregnant and thank God every day for my kids? Bored when I want nothing more than to be with them full time?

Bored? Yeah. But not depressed right now (thank God!). Not downtrodden.

Just needing a reminder of my calling…

It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Matthew 20:26-28 NET

My calling is different from the world’s. It’s a calling to serve. My husband. My kids. Women in my life.

I think what I need is one more “yes”. Yes to following God’s lead as the sacrificial lamb, offering Himself up for me and you.