The Sexual Abuse Witch Hunt Has Begun

For thousands of years, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and even forced prostitution, has been a taboo topic. Nobody talked about it. Few people even knew it was occurring. I remember vividly the first few people I told about this emerging issue, or perhaps a better way to say it is, this emerging topic, because the issue has always been. When I shared facts I'd read, people were horrified. They couldn't believe it was actually happening. Then we began to see more arrests (praise the Lord!), and then we saw the brilliant…

The Perfectionists Guide to Imperfect Entertaining

I have a confession. I’m a perfectionist. I am also a control freak, type A, overly sensitive, clean freak, people pleaser. This makes me both a great hostess, as well as a ball of hot stress. I simply love entertaining – or maybe just the idea of it. I love the way a dining room table looks when it’s all set with china and crystal and no stains on the linens from last year’s event. (not that that ever happens) I love entertaining so much, I spent years in event planning. I prided myself on creative, fun, spectacular…

Caring For Orphans When You Cannot Adopt

In honor of National Adoption Month, I welcome fellow blogger, Naomi Quick, from Living Out 127. Naomi is the author of Don’t Waste Your Wait: Embracing the Journey of Bringing Your Child Home, and she has spoken at a number of events and trainings for prospective and current adoptive and foster families. Naomi loves Jesus. She is married to her best friend, John. They have six amazing, beautiful kids, two of whom have been adopted from the foster care system. Naomi homeschools their tribe of world changers. She is a…

Halloween Alternatives: 7 Awesome Adventures

We don't celebrate Halloween. We don't participate in pagan holy days of any sort, so neither will we participate in the church's white-washed versions. But that doesn't mean we sit home crying about it either. Instead we do other normal fun family activities that we could do any night. So, if you're in our shoes, and looking for something different for your family that doesn't involve cobwebs or crying over empty candy sacks, here's seven awesome ideas that'll make you forget Halloween is even happening out there.…

The Master Approach to Kids Chores

Work around the house exponentially increases with the number of kids you have... at least it sure feels that way. And when you have little boys I think that might even double again. With dishes and laundry and toys strewn all across the floor, it is easy to feel outnumbered as a mom. I remember those days well. I remember feeling like I needed a system to get it all done, or I needed to somehow clone myself. Each day, I was exhausted with little ones, the mess was piling up and my stress level was soaring over all of…

Don’t Let Self-Pity Swallow Your Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, I remember going to my Aunt’s house in Florida and seeing that veritable feast spread all over her countertops while the turkey finished cooking. My mom, my aunt and my grandma chit-chatted and laughed over old stories. We kids snacked on the pickle tray and hot crab dip and the men watched football, unless the parade was still on. One or two of the years, when my family lived in Connecticut, we even travelled into New York City to see the parade, meeting up…

Yom Kippur: The Beginner’s Guide

When I began celebrating the Lord’s feasts years ago, I didn’t really understand Yom Kippur, and I sure didn’t want to celebrate it. For one thing, it’s not a typical feast day. In fact, it’s the anti-feast - a fast! It wasn’t until I began to understand the significance of the days leading up to it, that I even considered keeping this holy day. The Background While today it is called Yom Kippur, in Scripture it is referred to as the Day of Atonement, and while it is not a proper feast where there is celebration and…
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