Work for the Lord Christ

Do you ever find yourself being quick to dismiss your daily work as ordinary and sometimes meaningless? Even if we don’t say it like that out loud, many times, that’s how we think about our work or treat our tasks. It’s really hard to keep in mind that we’re not working for the approval of others because we really do want to find our work rewarding and fulfilling. We want to make an impact, we certainly don’t want all of our efforts to go unseen, and it would be especially helpful if someone would come along and tell us, “I see you and I value what you’re … [Read more...]

Gospel Hope for the Perfectionist

His shoulders were slumped in a way that I instantly recognized. Seeing him like this always gives me parallel feelings of frustration and compassion. Frustration, because this is a frequent struggle for him. I often selfishly wish he’d just “get it over with” and win this already. But I can also feel compassion, because he’s engaged in a conflict that I understand on a personal level. Perfectionism is a lifelong, ingrained, human-nature battle that I fight, too.   Need a perspective shift Perfectionism manifests itself in various concentrations from one … [Read more...]

A To-Do List Done for His Glory

I'm constantly tempted by my to-do list. I'm tempted to continually add to one, and to write tasks that I've accomplished on the list, just so I can see what I've gotten done. But what I regularly forget is that the to-do list is my tool, not my master. It's there to help my brain de-clutter, to help me stay focused on what needs to be started or finished, or where I need to make progress. I often treat my to-do list like it owns me, forgetting that I'm bigger than the list, and I can actually make it do what I want it to do. One of the ways I've been fighting … [Read more...]

Keeping it Light

Every so often, I start to worry that I'm not cultivating wonder enough in our home. I start to think that if I don't get this just right, I'm going to end up raising kids whose eyes glaze over anytime I try to point out something amazing. But quite often, I find that God relieves my fears when I release all my dreams and expectations and just focus on being faithful and keeping things light. We read good books, keep a steady conversation going about God's ways, and try to provide opportunities for our young ones to lift their eyes to Him and see His provision and … [Read more...]

Pride, Envy, and the Hope of the Gospel

When I walked down the aisle twelve years ago, my thoughts certainly weren’t about being on guard against the disastrous effects of pride in my marriage. Even with all the preparation we do up until we walk down the aisle, as brides or as newly-married women, we are far more focused on what love is than what it isn’t. We are thinking about everything that brings closeness, intimacy, and joy in our marriage... I was privileged to share recently about pride, envy, and the hope of the Gospel for marriage over at A Mighty Marriage. You can read the rest of the article … [Read more...]