My Favorite Mom-Body Shirts (and what my toddler is wearing!)

pink sweater

When picking clothes for summer, this is what I take into consideration: 1. I’m busy. No time to iron. No time to hand wash. No time to hang dry. No time to mend badly constructed clothing. I need wash and wear. 2. I’m hot. No. Not that kind of hot. Sweaty, hot-flash hot. I need […]

Do Christians Have Rights?

BJUGrace
March 3, 2015

In some Christian circles people are taught, “When you get angry, it’s because you thought you had rights, and you thought those rights were violated, but that just shows your pride and self-centeredness. Everything you have belongs to God, so if you’re unhappy, you’re claiming a right you should have given up, and you’re in sin. You’re not entitled to anything, but God will give you everything you need. So that should make you happy, and if you’re not, you’re in sin.” (This is paraphrased from an explanation of the concept that I found in a forum. My impression was that the one explaining it was a proponent of the teaching.)

So imagine you’re a vulnerable person (for example, a child, or a naïve young woman) in an outwardly Christian home or institution that is covertly extremely abusive. (These are far more common than you might think.) You’re taught that you have no rights.

Then you’re sexually violated. Again and again. Besides whatever threats and manipulation and lies the evil offender might snarl or whisper in the dark or write on the wall with your blood, in your ears is ringing the dictum, “You have no rights. Christians have no rights.”

The fallacious nature of this argument and the odious results are—or should be—painfully, painfully obvious. But someone asked me to please address this issue from a Biblical perspective, because she grew up thinking that the Bible taught that she hadno rights. (“We had no right to expect safety. We had no right to defend or protect ourselves. We had no right to be angry. We had no right to feel sadness.”)

Read the rest of this article HERE.

What Is Your Inner Coach Telling You?

inner coach

I recently watched an incredible video by Brett Ledbetter that was applicable to so many areas of life: parenting, working, homemaking, ministry, healthy living, etc.. I’m going to share the video at the bottom of this post, but I thought I’d share some of my notes with you in case you want a printable quick […]

Don’t Hold Your Hair Back When You Throw Up

Credo House
May 12, 2015

Martin Luther once made a controversial statement: “Be a sinner. Sin boldly.” I love Luther. He did not hold his hair back when vomiting. He let the vomit shine for all to see. Luther was keenly aware of his sin, and of grace. Luther’s comment was meant to provocatively communicate something much deeper. “Sin boldly . . .” the statement begins; it continues, “. . . but believe more boldly.” Luther did not care much for self-righteousness. He did not like masks. He did not like trying to impress people. He was continually attempting to make those who were satisfied with their own works recognize their own utter depravity. “Look in the mirror,” he might have said. “You are a wretch. Let your wretchedness be seen. If you clean yourself up, you may fool yourself into thinking that you don’t need grace.” What a terrible place to be: Self-fooled and graceless. Therefore, when you sin, sin boldly and let it be known (don’t hold your hair back).

Oh boy. I just loved this. Read the rest HERE.

“Joy in the Midst of Navigating LGBT Issues”
by Andrya Dieter

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MOMS Talk - Bethlehem Baptist Church, Mpls. MN
May 12, 2015

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) influence on our culture is growing, and with that, unique opportunities to share the love and joy of Christ. Come be challenged to understand and respond, and to equip our children to stand strong in the face of this cultural reality.

Let “Bible-Belt Near Christianity” Die? Um. Yes.

Moore to the Point
May 12, 2015

This is precisely what several of us have been saying for years. Bible Belt near-Christianity is teetering. I say let it fall. For much of the twentieth century, especially in the South and parts of the Midwest, one had to at least claim to be a Christian to be “normal.” During the Cold War, that meant distinguishing oneself from atheistic Communism. At other times, it has meant seeing churchgoing as a way to be seen as a good parent, a good neighbor, and a regular person. It took courage to be an atheist, because explicit unbelief meant social marginalization. Rising rates of secularization, along with individualism, means that those days are over—and good riddance to them.

Read the rest of this article and shout AMEN with me (or cuss me out, depending on your perspective) right HERE.

Awesome Book Series to Read to Your Kids (GIVEAWAY!)

Cottonmouth

I’ve got such a fun treat for anyone who loves books and has kids who love books. And even if you and/or your kids hate books (perish the thought), it’s likely because they’ve never read books like these. Allow me to introduce you to Freddie Cottonmouth. An unassuming 10-year-old boy who has some pretty bizarre […]

Excellent Negative Review of True Woman 101 – Don’t Miss This One!

Rachel over at A Daughter of the Reformation has written a grand-slam-home-run review of True Woman 101 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian. I’m going to copy/paste an excerpt to whet your whistle here – and then you can head over to her blog to read the rest. There have been a couple of […]