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Five things about me:
- I love Jesus
- I love my husband, Tim, and our five kids
- We live in the most beautiful place on earth—southwest Oregon. We are an hour and a half from the beach, nestled in a mountain valley in a town of about 500 people. It’s the kind of place where everybody waves and lends a helping hand.
- We homeschool and we’re not weird. I promise.
- I’ve been writing in this space since 2012.
Five favorite posts:
- How a life is built – The “just add water” version—instant success, immediate gratification—calls to us all, but God does His work on us a little at a time. Faithfulness and consistency go so much further than ambition and excitement, and sometimes our best consistency is simply coming back, again and again, to the most important things. Constantly turning. Continually starting again. Consistently repenting.
- Note to self – Since His strength is made perfect in your weakness, you are well-prepared for this day.
- Give them swords – Jesus came for us sick people. He pounced the sin that crouched and gave us dominion over it, to rule over it as we should. So all those sins I fear on behalf of my children? For the love of God, I must give them swords for the battle – not hiding places to retreat in fear.
- We are difficult people – This is what I think is possible: all people are difficult in their own stages. Scripture would back me up by telling us we all have sinned, are born with a draw toward sin, continue giving birth to sin with our insatiable desires and lusts and our insistence on placing ourselves in the middle of our own universe.
- How to use your words – The wise use of language is worth fighting for. It’s worth our efforts to discern truth from fiction, to use our words for good, to charitably question intentions of those who tell us what we want to hear.