Walk with the Wise Men: An Elf on the Shelf Alternative

Walk with the Wise Men

It’s not that I have anything against that creepy little elf. It’s just that. . .well. . .he’s a little creepy. We’d managed to dodge the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon until my daughter started kindergarten and they did a version of it in class. Then all the kids began talking about where their elf […]

Grow with Me Family Advent Experience

GWM Advent Cover crop

Guide your family through the Christmas season from Creation to Christ! It’s here! It’s finally here! We’ve spent the better part of the past two months preparing this family Advent experience for YOU! We are thrilled to invite your family to join us along the journey. Beginning in Genesis and ending with Jesus’ birth, the […]

My Adoption Miracle


It’s Adoption Awareness Month and we wanted to hear from our very own Dr. Heather Rupe and her miracle adoption.  Adoption is part of God’s heart, and as mom’s we have the honor to encourage, support, and even consider this beautiful example of redemption.   Hebrews 10:36 “You need to persevere, so that when you […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids About Forgiveness


“Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” —Ephesians 4:32, MSG Several years ago I was preparing to teach a group of university students on the power of forgiveness. After the teaching I planned to give some steps they might go through in order […]

Ultimate Christian Living ebook Bundle On Sale for 5 Days!

Ultimate Christian Living Bundle

Y’all know how we feel about books and resources around here. We love them. Although we believe each and every one of us must go to God for true wisdom and direction, we also believe in the power of community and a good #graceexchange. Which is why our bookshelves {and tablets} are full of amazing […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about Gratitude

Teaching Kids Gratitude

  We talk about being thankful a lot in our house but there often still seems to be a lack of gratitude. I believe we can and should practice gratitude on a practical level but until the spirit of thanksgiving takes over our hearts, we’ll never feel like we have enough. For a while {and […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about Compassion


Typically when I think of compassion, I think of helping the needy, or concern for the suffering and misfortune of others. The lyric that immediately comes to mind is….”everyone needs compassion, the kindness of a stranger?” {now that you are singing that song, you are welcome}. But what about the kindness of a parent? When I began […]

Brave Girls of the Bible {review + giveaway}

Brave Girls of the Bible

These are my brave girls. Up above, my daughter Hope {right, 6} and my niece Emerson {left, 8}. Down below, Hope again {isn’t she so cute} and the daughter of one of my best friends in the whole world {Bella, 13}. As I watch these beauties grow, I pray for their brave hearts. I pray […]

Seeding and Watering Your Teen: Tips for Successful Faith Talks

Tips for Teen Faith Talks

Not too long ago I was sharing some incredible biblical truth with my 7th grade girls’ Bible class when God sent a very sweet reminder via one of my students. I was winding down the class discussion and preparing to transition into some independent work time when one of the girls rather abruptly raised her […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about Calling

Teaching Kids about Calling

With this in view we constantly pray for you, that our God may deem and count you worthy of [your] calling and [His] every gracious purpose of goodness, and with power may complete in [your] every particular work of faith (faith which is that leaning of the whole human personality on God in absolute trust […]