Christian reflections · Family life

Faith, Frugality, and Feasting * 10 Minute Devotional

I’m a pretty frugal person. It probably started when I was born in Wisconsin, a state where thou-shalt-live-humbly. Everyone drives Toyotas and Fords and Subarus. Millionaires live in log cabins. As an elementary schooler I literally didn’t know people could buy clothes from the front of the store. I thought those were just for show, since everyone I knew always headed straight…… Continue reading Faith, Frugality, and Feasting * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections · Family life

So You Want to Give Something Up for Lent?

I embraced Lenten discipline over a decade ago. I don’t love it (see this previous post for that diatribe), but I do it because I need it. My heart and soul need it. My life of discipleship needs it. Yet every year a few days before Ash Wednesday, I have a bit of a freak out. It…… Continue reading So You Want to Give Something Up for Lent?

Christian reflections

Why I Do Lent * 10 Minute Devotional

I have no real roots in Lent. My childhood evangelical church didn’t celebrate it. My Catholic grandmother did, but I just chalked it up to the other stuff she practiced that I didn’t understand, like wearing long underwear in July. (“I’m cold,” she’d tell us on an 85-degree day.) Yet in college, amidst papers and…… Continue reading Why I Do Lent * 10 Minute Devotional

Family life

5 New Years’ Resolutions I’m Not Making (and What I’m Doing Instead)

1. Eat Less Sugar  Yeah. I have a sweet tooth. Or maybe I have only sweet teeth. Since Diabetes runs in my family, it’s high time I got a bit of a handle on my Icees-and-Swedish-Fish obsession. (I have the palate of an eight-year-old. Don’t judge.) But here’s the thing: choosing to restrict something usually just makes me…… Continue reading 5 New Years’ Resolutions I’m Not Making (and What I’m Doing Instead)

Advent Devotional

An Unconventional Christmas Eve * Advent Devotional

My sisters and I grew up attending Christmas Eve services at a rural evangelical church in the northern woods of Wisconsin. It was as picturesque as that sounds–snowy woods filled with evergreens and white-tailed deer and birch trees. After the services every kid was given a brown paper bag filled with candy and an orange, though…… Continue reading An Unconventional Christmas Eve * Advent Devotional

Advent Devotional

Laboring in Vain? * Advent Devotional

I read somewhere recently that cleaning the house while your kids are awake is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. Pretty much. Laboring in vain takes on a whole new meaning with young kids in the house. I’m a working mom, but even with all the scheduled, productive hours at church and the university, there…… Continue reading Laboring in Vain? * Advent Devotional

Advent Devotional

My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional

I only know the talented Megan Busch through the blogosphere, but after reading her writings one thing became immanently clear to me. WE NEEDED TO BE FRIENDS. Spend some time with her Advent devotional today, and I think you’ll feel the same. I used to keep an unwritten checklist in my heart. Maybe you had…… Continue reading My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional