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Pressing Forward

  For sixteen years, I lived in Australia. One of my favorite things about living Down Under was the diverse wildlife–the kookaburra’s laugh echoing across our yard in the morning, the colorful parrots landing on our fence, and of course, the...

When your faith is on a rollercoaster

    Lately my faith-life seems to be on a rollercoaster. I’ll hear a fantastic sermon on trusting God, my faith soars to new heights, and I’ll sit back and think, “Great! I’ve got this faith thing down!” And the very next day,...

What do you need?

    This Christmas, my son gave me a little wooden sign that reads, “All I need is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.” (I’ve been known to say my daycare does not run on electricity, but coffee. Of course, that’s not...

When the Christmas queen loses her throne

Warning: If you’re looking for a deep theological article today, this isn’t going to be it. 🙂 This is more of a “this-is-how-my-life-is-going-right-now-and-I-hope-it-encourages-you-post.” So…Christmas is my all-time, hands-down,...

When you’re at the end of your rope

  I was in a very, very dark place in my life. I had endured years of heartache and turmoil, and I was about ready to give up. I just didn’t see the point of trying anymore. I said as much to my mom. “I can’t take it anymore. I’m at the...

A Broken Christmas

  Many of us remember the Christmases of our childhood as being picture-perfect. I certainly do. I grew up in rural Wisconsin, and both my parents came from large farming families. Christmas Eve was spent with my dad’s side on the Brooks farm, and Christmas...