1. Category Archive: family

    the little brown table


    The other day I tripped over this thing for probably the two-hundredth time (possibly more) while putting dishes away, and I was thinking how glad I’ll be when it’s finally gone and not in the middle of the kitchen! I stopped myself in my own selfish, whiny tracks and remembered: no, I’ll actually be really sad when it’s time for this tiny piece of furniture to be thrown out.

    It’s just a little brown table.

    The paint is wearing away, it’s missing a chair, usually has something sticky on it, and it’s all around a very unimpressive little thing.

    And what I realized at that moment was how special this table really was.  Not because of the table itself, but because of how special the little girls are who have sat down around it, and who currently are.


    You see, this table has been the place where daily breakfasts and lunches happen, tea parties take place, creative art and painting times occur, and so on. It’s been a table where sweet little conversations arise, and where little girls have learned to sit like big girls.

    I treasure this table even more because of the memories with Lenya. I remember about a week before Lenya went to heaven, Lenya and Daisy were sitting opposite each other at this table, and they were fighting, pushing it against each other. I told them to stop pushing it and to tell each other one thing they loved about the other. Lenya immediately said, “I love Daisy’s hair!” and then Daisy said back, “well, I love her hair!” And it’s funny how even to this day, when we ask Daisy something she loves about Lenya, she says her hair.

    I’ve been learning how I need to embrace the little brown table in my life. And the constantly overflowing laundry room. And the dining room table full of little “homes” for Littlest Pet Shop toys.  Some of these things in our lives are extremely inconvenient, and most times we’ll trip over it, but what if we came to a place where we embraced it, and enjoyed the phase, enjoyed the process, enjoyed the mess.

    It’s something I’m always learning, and hope to continue to grow in:

    Enjoy the ordinary.

    Enjoy the little, seemingly insignificant, moments.

    Enjoy your little ones.

    Enjoy the process.



     “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…He has made everything beautiful in it’s time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11

  2. Category Archive: family

    “the family is a microphone” #isthisthingon


    “The four walls of the home form a speaker that broadcasts the contents of your heart to a waiting and watching world.”

    I love this weekend’s message with all my heart.

    If you missed it, you should catch up right now if you can. Listen here.

    There was so much truth and so many things that God was speaking to me through my husband, and I’m just so thankful that I get to listen three times and let the message sink in and simmer.

    “Marriage is two best friends helping each other become more like Jesus.”

    This statement has been ringing in my ears in such a good way. It’s a simple statement, one that you would think a married person should know, but to remember this truth every day is a huge game changer. To “out-serve each other” to “give more grace” and to remember that “marriage is meant to send the message of the gospel” are some of the simple yet profound truths that my husband preached, that are resounding in my heart.

    And I loved so much the point my husband made that no matter what stage we are at in life, the power in the home comes through being planted in the house of God. We will flourish and grow and thrive abundantly when we are planted in the house.

    I pray that you grow deeper in Christ this week as you use the microphone God has given you for His glory!

    Some phone shots from this amazing weekend at fresh life:

    photo 2-1

    photo 3-1

    [that’s my adorable sister singing, by the way. follow her on twitter – @chelsinator1 – (she’s funny and encouraging)]

  3. Category Archive: family

    So You Had A Bad Day


    We all know it and live it. Some days are just bad. We wake up grumpy. The day starts off with you finding your child in your bed AND them having wet the bed right beside you, or babies are crying, or you sleep in and now are rushed into the rest of your day. Simply put, we have bad days.

    But what do you do with your bad day? I find that it’s super easy to let those things that make a bad morning ruin my whole day. It’s easy to blame, and to be grumpy and rude, but it’s not easy to get over it, right?

    In 1 Samuel 30, David had a bad day. He comes to his town only to find that their enemies had burned it down and taken his family captive.  Verse 6 says that David was greatly distressed. You think?! Everyone was grieving the loss of their wives and children….

    “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

    The Bible doesn’t say exactly how David strengthened himself in the Lord, but really the only way to do this is to spend time with Him, in His Word, giving Him the stresses, worries, grievances, knowing that He alone is in control.

    So what has caused you to have a bad day? Perhaps a bad week? Year? Decade?
    Look up dear one, hope in God, spend time in His Word, in prayer. You may have little ones and you can’t get a quiet moment, but try to make one.
    Strengthen yourself in the Lord, and choose to have a JOYFUL day, even in the midst of situations you can’t control or seem to even be getting worse.

    “Have you not known? Have you not heard?
    The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
    Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
    He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might
    He increases strength.
    Even youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,
    But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings as eagles,
    They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
    Isaiah 40:28-31

    *this picture shows one of Lenya’s classic looks – angry butterfly…