The Christmas Preview Box from DaySpring

Hey friends, did you know it’s 95 days until Christmas? It sneaks up on me almost every year, but this year I’ve already bought 2 gifts, so I’m on a roll! How about you? You might know that I’m an affiliate for DaySpring.com, meaning I get to earn a small commission by helping them advertise. This…

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Mandisa Says I’m an Overcomer

I have a playlist on my phone that’s uncreatively titled: “Workout / Cleaning / Motivation.” It’s forty-six of my most upbeat, motivational songs to keep me pumped while I’m cleaning the house or exercising — anything from Lifehouse to Carrie Underwood to Katy Perry. This morning, I decided I needed to step up my workout. See,…

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My Almost First Kiss

He was pretty much my best friend. We worked together, had a mutual friend group, and hung out a lot, which progressed to a closer friendship, texting throughout the days, and late-night chats. I hadn’t seen it, but one of our mutual friends ‘tipped me off’ that he had feelings for me, which kinda freaked…

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Speaking Truth Over My Body

I woke up early and stuck my basal thermometer in my mouth – just like every morning. Two minutes later, my temperature reading was low – just like every morning. If you’re not familiar with basal temperature charting, the basic premise is that body temperature rises when ovulation occurs, and drops again right before menstruation. Many…

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Discovering ‘Self Care’ and What it Means to Me

I’ve disliked the terms self care and self love ever since they became popular buzzwords in the last couple of years. I don’t know where it came from, but suddenly, out of nowhere, the internet was obsessed with this idea of ‘self care.’ A quick Pinterest search gives you: A 30-day self care challenge 50…

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An Invitation (and why I decided to go!)

Ever since the day it was announced over on the Moms in the Making Facebook group, I’ve wanted to go to the first-annual MITM conference. The online support group has been a big encouragement to me, and the conference sounded so great!   When it was announced, the first thing I did was look at…

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What to Ask a Missionary

Working in full time camp ministry, of course our biggest “mission fields” are the 700+ campers who attend each summer, the adults and families who come for retreats, and our college-age summer staff. But in addition to these, we also have opportunity for ministry to those who come to serve with us — short term…

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A Holy Prompting to Rest

Hello dear friends. I’ve been musing on the idea of Sabbath for a couple of days. For us, during this busy camp ministry season, we don’t get much rest time, so the few Sabbath moments we do get are craved and precious. Yesterday, Brett brought up a question I’ve never considered before. He pointed out…

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An Open Letter to Summer

Dear summer, Over the last several years, our relationship has come to revolve around one thing – summer camp ministry. It’s fun and adventurous and all kinds of crazy, and we’ve seen so many kids’ lives changed by the Lord… but it’s also really tough. Sometimes I miss the things we used to do together…

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Faith Like Bartimaeus

Last night at chapel service with the other camp staff (summer staff orientation is happening this week), the speaker talked about the story of “blind Bartimaeus.” Interesting, isn’t it, how we tag him that way? He’s got a label – not just Bartimaeus, but Blind Bartimaeus. It makes me pause a bit and wonder how…

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