4 Tips to Give You a More Vibrant Prayer Life

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible to be alive without breathing.” - Martin Luther Many of us would agree that prayer is fundamental to our faith. Yet most people would admit they have a fear of praying. A feeling of inadequacy. Is there a right way to pray? How do you … Continue reading 4 Tips to Give You a More Vibrant Prayer Life

9 Lessons from our First Year of Marriage

On October 6, we will celebrate one year of marriage. So, naturally, we now feel confident handing out expert relationship advice! (Just kidding.) But in our first year of marriage, we have learned a few good lessons that we thought we’d pass along to you. Here are nine. 1. Finding and learning new rhythms is … Continue reading 9 Lessons from our First Year of Marriage

3 Things You Should Do in a Season of Waiting

Do you ever feel like you spend your whole life just waiting for your life to begin? It feels like I’m in seasons of waiting far longer than I’m ever in a season of fulfillment. I’m always anxiously awaiting for tomorrow’s dreams to come to pass. I can’t wait to finish grad school and “really … Continue reading 3 Things You Should Do in a Season of Waiting

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

One question seems to always follow you, no matter where you go or how old you get. It begins in elementary school, when you are asked to answer it in the form of a crayon-scrawled picture. What do you want to be when you grow up? When you graduate high school the question becomes much … Continue reading What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Why Going to the Gym is the Christian Thing to Do

My struggle with body image plagued much of my high school and college years. It led to a mild eating disorder and years of crying in front of the mirror. Living in my own body became torture. I could only see myself through the lens of criticism and imperfection. Just about every morning, I sobbed … Continue reading Why Going to the Gym is the Christian Thing to Do

This is Heaven, For Real

When it became clear that my mom was losing her battle with cancer and she confined to her bed, reality sunk in. One of her friends from church came over with a stack of cards for her to fill out in case she passed away. There were a few birthday cards and two graduation cards--one … Continue reading This is Heaven, For Real

Broken Toilets & Sanctification

After laboring through a treacherous four mile run in the peak temperatures on late June afternoon, the last thing I wanted to do was deal with a broken toilet. The flusher on the toilet had been a little out of sorts for the previous few days. But today it finally broke. The water inside the … Continue reading Broken Toilets & Sanctification

Ugly Confessions of A Pastor’s Wife

“Being a pastor’s wife is a great privilege – the privilege to stand alongside your husband and support him in this unique calling.” Why didn’t I feel this way? Why was one of the greatest challenges in our relationship my husband’s ministry? I love that Dale is a pastor, and I can see the evidence … Continue reading Ugly Confessions of A Pastor’s Wife

The Love of Jesus is Radically Individualized

My personality can be a bit much for some people. I’ve often been told to “tone it down.” Tamara must be here because we could hear her a mile away. And that wasn't a good thing. As an extrovert, sometimes I longed to become a little less me. I wanted to be one of those sweet … Continue reading The Love of Jesus is Radically Individualized