The Self Esteem Gospel

Self Esteem Gospel

“You are enough.”  “You are worthy” “Believe in yourself.” “You are the hero of your own story.” “Never give up on your dreams” I grew up during what seemed like the peak of the self-esteem movement, during the 90s and early 2000s. Some of the phrases above were on posters all over my elementary classrooms. […]

Sister, Walk In Truth


Last month I was honored to write a chapter for the collaborative book, Sister, Walk In Truth. The book explores different lies modern culture tells women and compares it with the truth of the Gospel. My chapter is called “Sister, You Are Not Enough” and discusses how we are only enough when we know that we’re […]

Life Is Not Your Choice


I’ve seen my baby’s tiny heart beating at six weeks, when she was made up of entirely of her heart. You could argue she still is.   I’ve seen my little baby at 14 weeks, wiggling and sucking her thumb, when they announced she was a girl. I’ll never forget the perfect image of her […]

What I Learned From Smashing Our Brand New Car At Church


We bought a new car on Wednesday. Technically it’s used, but it’s the newest car we’ve ever owned. We bought it from a dealership — also a first for us. We’ve never spent very much on cars, but thought to ourselves, “let’s buy a nice car so we don’t have to worry about it for […]

When You Find Your Identity In Motherhood

Identity, Motherhood

Losing your identity to motherhood is something I think nearly every mother walks through for a least a short time during parenthood. It feels like it’s an all-consuming thing you couldn’t escape if you wanted to. We want to invest so much of ourselves into our kids, but it’s easy to cross that blurry line […]

When Your Identity Is In Your Appearance


Are you critical of your body?   When we are condemning and cruel to ourselves for how our bodies look, we’re placing our identity in our appearance. When we struggle with criticizing our appearance, we’re making our view of ourselves more important than God’s view of us. What are some signs you put your identity […]

One Year With Sophia Joy

Family, Motherhood

One year ago at this time I was 9 days overdue with Sophia, and I’d had mostly painless contractions consistently since early that morning. Maren spent the evening playing with her cousins and when she got home we got her ready to put her to bed. We said a tearful goodnight to her, because I […]

We Were Made For God’s Glory, Not Our Own


Living for God’s glory instead of our own does not sound fun to us. But friends, we’re not living for our own glory. We WANT to live for our own glory, but wanting anyone’s will done in our lives and in others’ lives is living for our own glory. I never once thought about my […]

What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus?


Learning what it means to follow Jesus is not a one time answer, but something we spend our whole lives learning. It’s a lifelong pursuit, but it’s also simple at its basic level. Very simply, following Jesus means that we believe Jesus died for us as the perfect son of God, we apologize and turn […]

What Does It Look Like To Follow Jesus in Our Daily Life?


Following Jesus means our daily lives are supposed to look different. No two Christian lives will ever look the same, but God says that all Christians will have some things in common. We all have the same goal — to love God, love others (Mark 12:30-31), and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). So […]