How Enchiladas Helped Our Hospitality

How Enchiladas Helped Our Hospitality

Our purpose of sharing a meal or hosting a community group is to create an environment that fosters genuine community and conversation. We aren’t trying to win awards or the approval of others. People who are seeking a safe place to share life with others generally don’t care if the paper plates clash with the plastic cups or if the junk mail is stashed on top of the … [Read more...]

Why Hospitality Really Is a Big Deal

Why Hospitality Really is a Big Deal

God has used marriage to teach me a lot of things: I’ve learned how selfish I can be. I’ve learned that I sing a lot, loudly, and terribly (Space Jam sound track, word-for-word, in my darkest hours). I’ve learned that I’m worse with directions than even I thought (on the other hand, Hannah is a human GPS that rivals Google Maps). I’ve learned that I’m not good at … [Read more...]

Being Too Busy Is Costing Us Greatly

Being Too Busy Is Costing Us Greatly

This article, this truth, this word from God has been in my heart and mind for years now. What price have we paid, what has it cost us, to not observe a day of rest? A purposeful, intentional day to “cease and desist” and just look at our six days of labor and accomplishment and be thankful for everything God has given us. To take a day and just be thankful for having completed … [Read more...]

VidAngel Review: Stream Edited Movies and TV Shows for $1

VidAngel Review

So I have a confession to make: My wife and I have watched dozens of R-rated movies and TV shows with TV-Mature rating. (All with zero profanity and zero nudity.) When we were dating, like most couples, we enjoyed going to see movies. One conversation that came up early on was about the boundaries for our entertainment. … [Read more...]

Grieving Well Together

Grieving Well Together

In the past three years, we have lost six family members and several close friends. Some were expected; some completely caught us off guard. Some we walked with through their illnesses, praying and believing God for healing. Some we held hands with while they took their last breath. It has been a lot to process, to grieve. I believe in many ways, we are still … [Read more...]

Establishing Healthy Boundaries with Your In-Laws

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My husband and I grew up 30 minutes away from one another. Every weekend my family would make the drive from our small town to the city we now call home, and we passed his family’s house countless times. (Of course, I never knew he lived there until our paths crossed four years ago.) Thinking about the man I wanted to marry someday, I always imagined and hoped that he … [Read more...]

What Hospitality Looks Like in Real Life

Hospitality In Real Life

Growing up in the South, I often pictured hospitality with Sunday potlucks, front porches, and bridal showers decorated with sprays of flowers and giant crystal punch bowls. I thought hospitality required being more like Martha than Mary. And it all seemed pretty exhausting. However, one of my greatest discoveries in the last five years of marriage is that hospitality … [Read more...]

How to Help Your Family Memorize Scripture in 2016

Scripture Memory Club

A new year brings a sigh of relief for some and a bit of wistfulness for others. Regardless of how you left 2015, a look ahead at 2016 can bring with it a lot of ideas and plans, especially spiritual ones. For many Christians, the do-over of a new year also becomes a bit of a do-over for diving deeper into Scripture, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines like memorizing … [Read more...]

How Our Intentional Giving Plan Works for Us

How Our Intentional Giving Plan Works for Us

There are a lot of ways to bless others. Some ways don’t cost you a dime—acts of service, listening, speaking words of encouragement, etc.—but many times pulling out your wallet is the best way to bless someone. Whether you pay for someone’s meal, leave a generous tip to a waiter who is clearly having a rough day, invite another couple over for dinner, or pay an expense … [Read more...]

Finding Something to Celebrate Kept Us Sane

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Recently our family went through a really rough season as my husband looked for a new job. Each day felt worse than the last; the light at the end of the tunnel just kept getting smaller and smaller. It was hard to fully enjoy the rare good day because we knew that the next day would bring its hardships crashing down on us. More discouraged and sad each day, I felt we would be … [Read more...]