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Today, my oldest daughter Blakely turns 22. It’s hard to believe that I’m the mother of a 22 year-old, and even wilder to think that she and I have been on this journey together for more than two decades. As any mother knows, parenthood is covered in doubt, anxiety, fear and questioning. Especially with your […]

Costume Party

A guest blog from our communications director Caroline Arey. Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. In the next few days, if you haven’t already, you’ll be seeing lots and lots of pictures of your friends’ and neighbors’ kids dressed up for […]

More Precious

Psalm 3:13-15 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.  Psalm 19:9-10 The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are […]

A Weekend of Encouragement

Weekends are meant to be a time to pause the daily hustle and bustle and find refreshment and nourishment for the soul through worship, playtime, family and friends. This weekend, I hope you can find extra refreshment in these simple words of truth found in Scripture. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the […]

With Courage

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” In […]

Celebrate the Season

2 Samuel 6:5 David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals. Undoubtedly we’re heading into the holiday season. Here in the South, temperatures seem to be finally be settling in below 80 (hooray!), and everywhere you look another store is putting their Thanksgiving […]

Do Something

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. – Ronald Reagan Monday marked World Homelessness Day. A day set aside to recognize those currently fighting poverty, hunger and life instability. Homelessness is a cause that is so dear to my heart. Through volunteer work at Charlotte’s Harvest Center and mission trips with Samaritan’s Feet, […]

All Access

Have you checked out the new Instagram Stories on Instagram? I love them. Essentially a live feed of my friends and loved ones lives right at my fingertips. I love the connections that social media allows us, but I can’t help but think that the ease of connection is also hurting our real, true, personal relationships with each […]

The Trendsetter

Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Walking through the mall or dropping my son off at school, it’s clear that anything that was in […]

Only God

Philippians 3:14 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. It’s a pleasure to travel often for work. Whether showcasing my art or giving a talk on “painting with a purpose,” a common narrative that rises to the top is “how are you doing all of this?” What has become a business born […]