Are You Tending the Field?

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  I’m a homebody. I love the comfort and security of being at home. Most evenings you can find me curled up on the couch reading a book or on my laptop writing—two of my favorite things to do.   I’m also a mom to four kids, and because I homeschool them, we spend many hours at home. When we’re not at home, we’re usually hanging out with other Christian friends. As a result, our exposure to the secular world … Read More

Out of the Comfort Zone

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Recently, my husband and I were wanting to take our children somewhere that we weren’t sure was going to be open. I sent them a Facebook message asking about the open hours that day. I sent a message because I hate making phone calls. I’d rather send an email or a text than just call–heck, I’d send a carrier pigeon if it would get me out of making a phone call. After a little while, they hadn’t responded to my … Read More

When You’re Longing For Change

    I’m not a winter person. I’m not even a fall or spring person. Summer is my jam, and if it were up to me, I would live in an area without wintry weather. However, I live in Michigan. The winters here are cold, gray, and filled with snow that never seems to melt. And we saw the sun only a whopping two days in January this year.   Michigan winters are heavy on my soul, and I’m counting … Read More

Jesus Versus Stuff: The Real Battle We Face at Christmas

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    The holidays are here. I know this because my mailbox is overflowing with sale ads and circulars every single day. Sometime during the last decade, “Black Friday” turned into “Black Thursday Afternoon.” Stores used to open early at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, then some went to midnight, and in the last few years stores started opening at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Some people have protested by not shopping on Thanksgiving. But why is there even a need … Read More

3 Truths God Taught Me In a Decade of Mothering

  I have been a mother for a decade, yet this fact still does not seem real to me. It feels like just months ago I was holding my first baby in my arms. In reality, I became a first-time mom ten years ago, and less than six years later, I was a mom of four. Over the past decade, as my oldest has grown into a beautiful young lady, I have grown both as a woman and as a … Read More