God Wants to Play

At a spacious, open park, a little boy squeals in peels of laughter as his father, acting like a bear, chases him through the low grass. The toddler’s short, pudgy legs barely keep him upright as he tries to run faster to escape his father. The father, growling a few times as he extends his

Jesus is the Man of Sorrows

I had a recent dream that terrorized me until I woke up. Then I had peace, knowing that it was all symbolic and God was teaching me something. (Thank goodness I’ve taken a few courses on dream interpretation; otherwise, I might have felt confused or fearful.) The dream? I’m running with a small group in

His Nature is Our Journey

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. (Ephesians 3:20 TPT) What if your life is about discovering who you

A Life Well Lived: Tribute to Helen Turner

Last week I received news that my friend, Helen Turner, died and now in Heaven. I was stunned. Just two weeks before, she had invited me to spend this upcoming Thanksgiving at her home. She was having a lot of family come and wanted me to meet them. She sounded strong and happy. And Helen

Quit Hiding

I’m dating. Now that I’ve got your attention, this post isn’t an insider’s scoop of my love life, but about trusting in community. (Phew — I dodged a bullet!) Ever read the book How to Get a Date Worth Keeping by Henry Cloud? (For anyone wanting a practical Christ-based resource about dating either for themselves or someone

Break Down Walls to be Vulnerable

NOTE: Happy 4th of July. Freedom is God’s design especially internally where we are free from the bondages of sin and death! I’m still discovering how powerful our freedom is and the priceless cost Jesus paid to redeem us. As we’re continuing this theme of community for over a month, I wanted to explore the

Community: In His Image

NOTE: Today’s guest post is written by Steve Carpenter. I became friends with Steve and his wife, Brenda, through serving in an outreach ministry with Steve’s mother for years. I couldn’t ask anyone more suitable since Steve and his wife have both invested in my life on countless occasions and helped me to see what

It Takes Community For a Marriage to Work

Marriage is the beautiful design of the Almighty, a great and sacred mystery–meant to be a vivid example of Christ and his church. (Ephesians 5:32 TPT) This past weekend, I attended my nephew’s wedding. One of my favorite moments was when the couple exchanged vows. My nephew’s voice cracked and tears shed as he recited

You Need Community to Make Cookies

Your plans will fall apart right in front of you if you fail to get good advice. But if you seek out multiple counselors, you’ll watch your plans succeed. (Proverbs 15:22 TPT) Can’t go through the journey without community. People make our life thrilling yet risky, satisfying yet painful. But what would you do without

Jesus endured Puberty

The best model for living in process and gleaning the most of the journey? Jesus. On the earth, Jesus lived in process. For he had to learn how to live as fully human. Something he had never experienced until he was born in this world. He laid down his divinity when he became a man. Thus,

Don’t Quit!

Do you have any unanswered prayers? You’ve prayed passionately for one request, yet wonder if God has heard you? I have. Without launching into a theological discourse, this month, I prefer to encourage you as a coach. I’ll stand on the sidelines as you play in the game, mostly yelling to not quit! You’re doing

We Need All of Him

While staying at a Disney resort, I locked myself out of the room. Disney is efficient. They give you a wristband that serves as your key to everything — from your room, to various buildings, to the parks, and to purchase merchandise. Well, I left the room without it — unknowingly that is. I was

Gift of Love

Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of Lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. (James 1:17 TPT) Before I moved into my condo about three months ago, I threw things out and dropped items off

Know Your Bloodline

An Orphan: A child whose parents are dead. Before we were born again, we were orphans. Our fallen human spirit isn’t in God’s bloodline. We were cut off from our inheritance God originally intended for all mankind. Yet Love rescued us. Not by giving us a handout, but adopting us when we accepted Jesus. This would

Be Quiet

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalms 46:10 KJV) Quieting your soul to hear God is priceless. Sometimes, you need to separate yourself from outside noise to get quiet. Yes, daily fellowship with him is important, but sometimes we

Why Listening Is a Powerful Weapon

Remember when someone listened to you intently? They worked to understand what you’re saying without trying to immediately provide a solution? They asked discerning questions and expressed your heart instead of providing a trite comment to dismiss your feelings or thoughts? You left the conversation rejuvenated and valued. I admit, this is an area I’m

Challenges and Opportunities of a Family-Owned Business

NOTE: I’m honored that Denny Freeman (my dad) wrote today’s guest post about operating a family-run business. He’s pictured below, on the far left, next to his sons, Tim, Tom, and Paul when they all worked together at Glen’s Market. Growing up, I always dreamed of playing sports as an adult. When reality hit me that

Light Doesn’t Fight Like Darkness

You must know what Kingdom you belong and its values. As darkness is making its push in this world, we, as lovers of Christ, have an opportunity to shine light in that darkness and demonstrate who is the Truth. It’s an incredible time for believers. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his

God’s Audacious Navigation

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” ( Ephesians 3:20 KJV) Are you waiting on God to fulfill a promise? You wait and wait, but as years pass, the waiting seems more like a lifetime. You feel as

Single Woman’s Perspective On Parenting

I enjoyed reading the guest posts and interviews about parenting this month. I admire my sister for taking a leap of faith to raise a son on her own. She’s done a great job! I enjoyed reading Martha’s post about how she trusts God to help raise her kids. I know her children and can