embracing the mosaic life

Living out the Christian life authentically requires daily submitting the pieces of our broken life to God, the Ultimate Artist, allowing him to craft them into a beautiful mosaic masterpiece that can be used for His glory. It's a moment by moment journey of releasing fear & control, living intentionally, and embracing the freedom of Christ.

The Power of Your Story

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She sits quietly in my office, hands folded nervously, head down and tears streaming silently down her face. Her visit to meet me, a patient advocate for cancer patients, is not one she ever expected to make.  I reviewed her paperwork while she dabs at the tears, a tad embarrassed at her emotions overflowing onto her […]

Be Still And Listen for the Whispers

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At times it’s been through a whisper. The Holy Spirit quietly prompting, reminding, rebuking, or refreshing my soul. Growing up in a faith tradition where the concept of the Holy Spirit was often brushed past in Sunday School on even the best day, I’ve struggled as an adult to really listen to God’s voice in […]

What I Learned In August {A Family Adventure}

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It’s hard to believe summer is winding down, kids are going back to school, and the season of pumpkin spice lattes, chicken stews, freshly picked apples, and corn mazes is upon us. In the midst of this busy season, I’m focusing on remembering to savor the little moments and to make memories with the people […]

Angry? 3 Things To Do Before You React

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I listen as my 5 year old lists her favorite things about the first week of kindergarten. Art. Gym. Library. Recess. Spanish class. My heart is filled with joy as I recognize she’s entered a new stage and so far, she’s loving it! But me? It only took two days of public school for me to […]

Billy Graham’s Wife’s Secret to a Happy Marriage

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The four of us piled in our blue 10-year old mini-van and settled in for the 20 minute drive home. The day had been a long one, filled with the kind of relationship-building and memory-making our family relishes. A big Saturday morning breakfast as a family, a birthday party for the daughter of a couple […]

Change Is All About Perspective

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She takes my hand, walks me up the stairs, and leads me through the halls of the elementary school that will become her daily educational home in just a few short days.   It’s Open House night and although to most kindergarteners, everything is new, she walks confidently after spending four weeks in a summer […]

No Such Thing As “Just A Mom”

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Maybe you’ve heard it before. You’re “just a mom,” so what big impact can you make on the world? Doing laundry, picking up toys, wiping noses, washing dishes, trekking to the playground, bathing kids, picking up toys (again)…how is that making a difference? I’m here to tell you…there’s no such thing as “just a mom.” […]

A Reflection on Rest & Recreation – Psalm 62

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This week I’m away with my extended family for rest and recreation. I’m in the middle of reading the book Simplify by Bill Hybels and he shares a perspective on recreation that I just love. Recreation is a time to re-create energy in your life. If what you consider to be “recreation” is draining your […]

God Uses Small Beginnings

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Questions of doubt swirl in my mind. Maybe in yours too. Who am I to make a difference with my small town life? We live in a tiny town of 1,000 people. How can God use me to change the world? I’m just an introverted office-working mom with dreamer husband and a couple of crazy kiddos […]