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The Postpartum FOG: The Week After Birth

By |December 12th, 2015|BIRTH, Blog, Motherhood, Nursing, Parenting, postpartum, pregnancy, Redeeming Childbirth|

So your expecting a baby moon? You've been carrying your sweet babe in your womb for -40+ weeks and your anxiously awaiting the moment you get to hold your baby in your arms. Then the big D-Day  arrives! You give birth, and like most, you experience one of the most exhilarating few hours post birth. You are hungry, eating like you never have before, and snuggling your sweet bundle of joy. If you are like me, you [...]

Redeeming Halloween | The Pumpkin Gospel

By |October 1st, 2015|Blog, Core Christian Parenting Fundamentals, Family Discipleship, Holidays, Parenting, Traditions|

What does Redeeming Halloween look like?  If you are reading this post, most likely you or someone you know has struggled with "celebrating halloween" like most of our American or World culture does... and you are looking for an alternative. If you are like me, you didn't want to be the grinch or viewed as some judgmental Christian. And let's face it, even in the church, when you rebel against the norm of what most do, people judge [...]

When Christians Get Confused About Disputable & Indisputable Issues

By |July 28th, 2015|Blog, Faith, Redeeming The Division Course|

I want to open by asking you a few questions: Do you believe the God wants us all to look the same? Does He desire us to be the same? To live the same?  Does He expect us to believe the same things?  As humans we mistakenly group questions like this all together, expecting the same answer.   Some of us can't possibly fathom that God could desire us to live in unity, yet delight in our [...]

Advice & Resources for Christian Parents on Evaluating Movies

By |July 22nd, 2015|Blog|

  Parenting isn't always easy. In fact, most of the time it is the down right hardest job on the planet. The decisions that parents are faced with on a daily basis don't always have a right or wrong, cookie-cutter answer. For example, what might be ok or even beneficial for one child, might be harmful or inappropriate for another. This can leads parents to a place of frustration and even just plain wanting to [...]

Why We Do Not Recommend the Minions Movie

By |July 20th, 2015|Blog, Book Review, Motherhood, Parenting|

Disclaimer: Movies land in one of those "disputable issues" categories. My intention in writing this post is not to create controversy, nor is it to condemn anyone for taking their children to this movie. Simply put, I have felt a burden on my heart to write this post since we took our son to watch it. I posted a few pictures of us going to see the movie on social media in celebration of his birthday [...]

That Moment in Motherhood When You Realize Your Sin

By |June 25th, 2015|Blog, Family Discipleship, Motherhood, Parenting|

Sometimes being a mom is just hard. Sunday afternoon was one of those times. Our family was planning on going to the movie theater to see a cool new family flick in celebration of Father's Day. And one of my precious children was caught in the action of losing self-control of one of his appendages, actually punching a sibling in the head. Now before I continue to tell you my story from Sunday, I have [...]

Transform Surfacy Friendships and Kill Hidden Loneliness

By |June 17th, 2015|Blog, Friendship, Redeeming The Division Course|

Have you ever been in a season where you just felt alone? You may have four kids, a thriving marriage, but when it comes to female friendships, something is just holding you back from experiencing what your heart desires! Maybe you have a lot of friends, but deep down inside you are spread so thin among them all, that you don't have the time required to truly get to know someone and develop the kind of kindred sister friendship [...]

You Don’t Have to be a Blogger to be My Friend

By |March 7th, 2015|Blog, Blogging, Friendship|

When we first moved to Central Oregon and were meeting new people, visiting churches, and having families over for fellowship to get to know them, I realized something about myself. I didn't want them to know I was a blogger or an author. I was scared it would negatively effect the authenticity of the potential friendship. Meaning, I didn't want people to be intimidated and I didn't want people to be attracted to having a friendship with me [...]

How to Equip Your Children for Social Media Biblically

By |February 12th, 2015|Blog, Book Review, Parenting|

Within the last decade, as online social networks began emerging, many mainstream folks wondered if these alternative communities were really here to stay, or if they were simply a trend. Advances in technology, such as cell phones, the personal computer made mobile, have further enhanced what these social networks were originally intending. The future seems clear, that these social communities are here to stay. Upon joining some of these social networks, I quickly realized some [...]

Reclaiming the Sacred Influence of the Woman

By |January 14th, 2015|BIRTH, Blog, Core Christian Parenting Fundamentals, Marriage, Motherhood, Parenting|

Dearest Sister, Sometimes we can loose sight of our purpose, our mission, and our calling. In all the striving to be a better wife, mom, sister, writer, homemaker, _____, we can forget that our identity is not connected to any of those roles. Since the beginning, women have struggled to find their identity in God alone. Just look where that got Eve. And now here we are, Daughters of Eve, Daughters of the One True [...]