What to Do…When You’re Wrestling With Doubt

What to Do When Wrestling With Doubt

Doubt is a large part of everyone’s life. Maybe you doubt if the economy will ever improve, or if a great revival will hit our cities again as they have in the past. Tonight I am doubtful that this piece of chocolate cake is big enough to make me feel better. But there is something much more serious that you and I both doubt. We often doubt God. No matter how strong of a Christian we think we are, no matter how consistent we are in our quiet time, or how many verses we have … Read More

7 Steps To Raising Up A Courageous Young Son

7 Steps to Raising Up a Courageous Young Son

Seemed it was all settled with just one phonecall. He called to tell us that he probably wasn’t going to make it home that summer. Instead our 20-year old son was heading to Paris and attending a language-immersion school. Oh, okay. He was in his second year at a college back east and there’s no denying that we’d miss him. A lot. But if this was what he was set on doing? What he believed God would have him do? Then our blessing went with him. Although I couldn’t help but ask a … Read More

Using Your Words to Build and to Bless {& Book Giveaway}

Using Your Words to Build and to Bless

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Proverbs 29:20). My family calls me the gap filler. I’m not sure I’m too keen on that nickname, but I guess I earned it fair and square. For as long as I can remember, I have loved to talk. “Karen is a delightful student,” my teacher exclaimed as she visited with my mother during those parent-teacher powwows. “But she does seem to have a tad bit of trouble listening. Especially when I am talking.” … Read More

Layered Taco Dip

Layered Taco Dip

I know I just shared a "Mexican" dish with you all last week. What can I say? I LOVE Mexican food! #cantstopwontstop This layered taco dip is perfect for this time of year because a lot of people spend their time watching "The Big Game." Monday night, the big game in our neck of the Oregonian woods was the Duck game! To tell you the truth, I would not have even known about the game had it not been for Facebook. I'm never on Twitter (my hubby handles all the Twitter feed stuff) and I … Read More

Giving Your Kids the Freedom to Fly {from a Daughter’s Perspective}

Giving Your Kids the Freedom to Fly

This world is big and scary. And I think parents tend to especially feel this when their kids start to grow up. But many, instead of going about releasing them, only hug them tighter. The results I have seen with this approach are either young adults who feel restricted and unhappy, or young adults who are content being sheltered at home--both of which are very unhealthy. You see, "kids" are humans, and God has a plan for each one.  Individually, specifically. We were made to find … Read More

How to Overcome: The One Thing You Need

How to Overcome - The One Thing You Need

The answer's simple, right? Faith. It's the victory that overcomes the world. And yet, sometimes we stamp our feet in protest. It's just not "working." We want these mountains moved. They're enough to break our hearts. His cancer... Her husband... My finances... Their child. We want miracles for ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We wonder how it works — asking anything in His name and receiving it — because we thought for sure our faith was at least as big as a … Read More