Who Am I: The Problem with Bearing Fruit

Like many others last December we put up a tree in our family room and tortured our curious offspring with wrapped gifts under its branches. They obsessed over the pretty packages and counted down the hours, days, weeks, eternities until they could unwrap them. I wrestled with teaching my kids how to enjoy the blessings of Christmas without losing the meaning behind it all. And … Continue reading Who Am I: The Problem with Bearing Fruit

The Funnel – A Helpful Illustration on Purity

My elementary school playground was on the corner of a very busy intersection. Like most playgrounds, it had a climbing apparatus and swings, a blacktop to play hopscotch and four square, and a kickball field all located in the center of a protective 12-foot fence.  There was safety and fun in the center of the playground.  Yet, there was a handful of kids who would … Continue reading The Funnel – A Helpful Illustration on Purity

From the Inside Out: Scheduling the Best for our Ministry Family

In a culture where kids are offered anything from art classes to ninja lessons long before they even know how to tie their own shoes, the opportunities for enrichment are endless. But with Nav socials and events many weekends a month and many evenings on campus, I feel the need to protect family time even more than my peers. I was talking with my husband … Continue reading From the Inside Out: Scheduling the Best for our Ministry Family

Comparison and Jealousy

I don’t like these words! They sound so immature. Comparison has almost become one of those acceptable sins (thank you Jerry Bridges for this phrase) among Christian women. Jealousy is a bit harder to own. But isn’t jealousy a twin to comparison? And both grow in the womb of desire. Being a young mom in campus ministry there are numerous opportunities to compare on many … Continue reading Comparison and Jealousy

Changing Diapers while He’s Changing Lives?

Have you ever felt a twinge of jealousy when your husband comes home from a campus event and shares an encouraging note from a student thanking him for his help? Have you ever been at an event where students publicly rave about your husband and you are not noticed? Sometimes we can compare ourselves with our husband and come up feeling “short” on the fruitfulness … Continue reading Changing Diapers while He’s Changing Lives?

Jealous For My Marriage

One of the names of God that I find fascinating is Jealous (Exodus 34:14). To understand the meaning behind it took some study. In English “jealous” is often used with  “of.”  But when applied to God and His name, Jealous, it is different. God is jealous “for” our affection (Numbers 11:29). God will not give his glory to another (Isaiah 48:11). God is Jealous for … Continue reading Jealous For My Marriage

The Stuff Gap: Contemplating Comparison

I loved coming home on furlough. And, I hated coming home on furlough. I loved being home and seeing friends.  And, I hated seeing the stuff my friends had accumulated! It seemed that every friend I reunited with on furlough wanted to take me on a tour of their home. I loved to see what they owned.  Their homes were so beautiful.  But, something tugged … Continue reading The Stuff Gap: Contemplating Comparison

Surviving VS. Thriving as a Mommy Missionary

I remember when Sam stopped taking his afternoon nap. He was only three, but it was clear that fighting for over an hour to get him to take a short nap—and then his inability to fall asleep at bedtime because he wasn’t tired—was no longer working. We switched him to a “quiet play time” in his room instead. I remember thinking, “How will I survive … Continue reading Surviving VS. Thriving as a Mommy Missionary