I'm Mallory. My husband and I are from a small town in Illinois, but we, along with our golden retriever named Chloe, actually moved to Kansas City from an...

Hey I'm Jesse!

I'm a social worker living in a suburban city right outside of Kansas City, MO . I came to Kansas City about five years ago from a...

I am Cameron-- but I assume that you knew that, you observant reader you. In any case, enough of this gravy, let's get to the meat--
Since I was in...

I am a living testimony of what God can do when you give your life to him. Life, for me, should have gone another direction. I should have been a mess and/...

Hulk SMASH!

We all know that the Hulk doesn't have self-control. Self-control is the ability to control one’s emotions, behavior and desires in order to obtain some reward, or avoid some punishment. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit. However, I find this is one fruit that can be hard to master especially for women. Yes, this blog is for the ladies. Guys, feel free to read on.

Watch Them Come Running

I am a preschool special education teacher. As with any job, the details and paperwork can start to drag on me at times. But then I have moments like I've had lately, and my perspective shifts again.

We've always had a good "flow" in our room among the teaching staff. Both other teachers and supervisors often note the peaceful, friendly atmosphere in our class - despite the number of students having significant behavioral issues and other disabling conditions.

Are You There God?

John the Baptist is a well known and highly esteemed biblical figure.  Jesus himself even said in Luke 7:28 that “…among those born of women there is no one greater than John…”  However, John was a man just like us. He had his shortcomings and faults just like we do. 

His will WILL be Done. But will YOU do it?

In honor of Purim, I decided that I wanted to reread the book of Esther this morning. Most Christians know the story where King Xerxes makes a decree to allow people to kill all of the Jews, but Esther, his queen, has the king make a new decree that allows the Jews to fight back on the day of their destruction. It is the story of the salvation of the Jews because of the heroic actions of a young girl.

Empower Your Husband To Be A Good Husband

I am not the woman my husband married. This is a good thing. When I got married nearly four years ago, I was pretty confident. This being my second marriage, I was pretty sure what to expect. I’d been fairly successful as an independent woman, with a professional career in the corporate world. I full out owned my own house and car. I was used to managing things my way because, frankly, it’d been working.

 

A Nugget to Chew On: Imitation

Machiavelli once wrote, “A return to the first principals in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.”

So, what does this mean?

It means that, in order to have an influence on the community of your life, you have to lead a life that others would strive to imitate.

The Sound of Heaven Touching Earth

In a recent worship service, I noticed a phrase seemed to keep repeating: “The sound of heaven touching Earth...” It made me wonder, what does that really sound like? Is it angels singing? Chariots of fire swooping down out of the sky?

It can be fun to think about it that way; but what if what we heard was actually much more practical?

Dealing with Change Correctly

Change.  Some people hate it and some people love it. No matter how you feel about it, you will have to deal with change at some point in your lifetime, especially in your spiritual walk. You weren’t created to stay the same in your walk with God. There will be times when you will face new challenges, new callings and promptings of change as things become stagnant in your Christian walk.

Is Your Life a TOXIC Mess?

Mine was. Bitterness was rooted so deeply in my life that it affected its every part life. Nobody can better attest to this than my husband. There are few things more destructive to a relationship than bitterness.

 

Over time, I have made great strides in conquering this nasty little tyrant in my life, but I lost a lot of good years and joy in my relationships.

Stop Posting Stupid Thoughts On Facebook

I am so tired of reading dumb and useless social media posts.

 

Words are so very powerful. They have meaning and implications beyond a simple post. Words stick longer than the moment in which they’re said or posted. Just think back to a silly name you were called in kindergarten that hurt your feelings. Yep, you still remember it and the person’s name that called you the mean name. How about that post you thought was aimed at you and so you defriended that person? Yep.

 

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