The Big Red Barn

We all get overwhelmed when life fills up quicker than we anticipated. How can we stay level-headed and stop feeling overwhelmed? And can the people around us help?

Falling Prey to False Guilt

Of all the advice I’ve received over the years encouraging me to never forget my dad while letting go of false guilt, none has been as impactful as the words of Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. His wise words are for us all.

Polishing Slides

Ever polished a slide with Pledge furniture wax? My grandpa, the king of fun did it all the time. Fun is contagious when you surround yourself with grateful, kind, and loving people.

Serve God Serve Others

My first part-time job at The Plump Chicken was a lesson in humility. I didn't have much joy until I changed my perspective on what humility accomplishes in those who are willing to embrace it.

Fear or Faith

Is your toddler-turned-teenager still trying to work out the kinks? Yep, mine too. We are navigating strong opinions, icy glares, and disrespect. Raising a teenager requires faith, not fear.

Running Your Race

Have you ever been in full stride, working towards a goal, when something happened to stop you in your tracks? The races we run sometimes change without warning. It’s like God pulling a switch-a-roo and sending us in a new direction. Running the race of faith is full of surprises. My surprise came when a brain tumor showed up just thirteen days before I was to run a half marathon.

Shortcuts Don’t Cut It

When it comes to our relationship with God, shortcuts don’t cut it. It takes time and commitment to build a relationship with anyone, God included. The long yet reliable road to intimacy with God is worth every minute.

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