Woman Turning 40-10 Resolutions to Make it the Best Birthday Yet

Woman Turning 40-10 Resolutions to Make it the Best Birthday Yet

My 40th birthday is 6 months away. I’ve been thinking about this landmark, and the associations with it. Most of them negative, some positive. Never mattered before, until now that it’s becoming my turn. So I’ve made  “Turning 40 Mantra” for myself about this next birthday, and each one after. I dedicate it to my irreplaceable girlfriends who are also nearing, or past this number. And I dedicate it to you.   10 Resolutions for Turning 40   1) I resolve to be impressed and inspired by people based on their contributions of […]

The Unexpected Church of Profile Pics

The Unexpected Church of Profile Pics

Maybe you can relate to this. Relate to the feeling of having a part of yourself like the dry, cracked mud at the bottom of a dry, once flowing river. Remembering a time when you felt full and moving and full of purpose, then all of a sudden you look around and you realize your dry, full of cracks that are making you doubt the water once filled your cells. Cynical at the idea of it coming again until heaven, the water that is. Resigning that the next time you’ll […]

Write It On Your Walls

Write It On Your Walls

If you have ever had the satisfaction of writing on your walls, you know how liberating it is. You’re declaring something. It’s in every human heart to mark your ground, declare your space, hang your sign, your stuff, what you stand for so others know what you are about. Graffiti on others property is the illegal expression of this desire. However, God put it into every human heart, to be expressed in a God-glorifying way. Look around your house right now. What evidence of God is hanging on your walls, […]

Hammers and the Character of God

Hammers and the Character of God

Peacocks tails. Yosemite. The shape of people’s noses. Giraffe necks. Violet petals. All scream out “creativity”, works of art by the Creator. We as humans, adults and kids, are made in His image and are designed to reflect certain characteristics that He also gave to us. When we create, we are reflecting Him. An amazing way to worship the One who made us. Some adults can be inhibited by self-consciousness or self doubt or not willing to take the dare risking failure. Kids don’t care. Creating can be an act […]

God Is My Hiding Place

God Is My Hiding Place

Psalm 119:114 “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your Word” I don’t know of a kid who doesn’t love the idea of building a fort and the promise of a secret escape at the end. I think I might crawl in actually. What better way to teach your kids about the character of God, our Dwelling Place. Psalm 90:1, “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.” Or from Psalm 91:1-2, “I will say to the Lord, “My Refuge and my fortress, my […]

Have Your Kids Wear Their Watch Upside Down

Have Your Kids Wear Their Watch Upside Down

Why in the world would we wear our watch upside down? Well, my roomate Brooke in college taught me why. She said she wore her watch upside down because it reminded her to think of others first. So when someone else looked at her watch, they could see the time correctly. Each time she looked at her watch, she viewed it upside down which was a reminder to consider others feelings and needs before her own. A simple lesson in humility and loving others. We don’t just want our kids […]

A Thousand Reasons to be Thankful Idea

A Thousand Reasons to be Thankful Idea

So each night, well some we miss, but for the most part we have this amazing printout of cards that I laminated and put on a ring. Each card has every day of that month on it, with an idea of three things to name you are thankful for that day “for instance, 3 things round”. Then each person goes around the table and says 3 things that are round they are thankful for. I got this from an amazing sister in the Lord named Ann Voskamp, the author of […]

I Run a Sunday School… Fact is, It’s Not Enough For Your Kids

I Run a Sunday School… Fact is, It’s Not Enough For Your Kids

I’ve noticed something over my years in the church as a children’s ministry director- a certain mentality about Sunday school. It’s comments here and there from a few that are saying one way or another “My kids are covered in the God department, because I bring them to Sunday school, they go almost every week”. It’s kind of like a check box for parents. They take the kids to the class, pick them up and check the God box. This is a very generalized statement, but hear me out. Barna […]