Yesterday I gave y’all a list of my ten most popular blog posts of 2016. I hope there were some thoughts in there that you benefited from. Today I spent some time going back through all of the things that I wrote this year so that I could bring you my very favorite posts of the year. You won’t be surprised to learn that many of these are a little more personal in nature–let’s just say that I spent quite a bit of time wiping tears away as I read through the adventures of the past year.
In that way, the desire to write is such a gift. I’m so glad that I have this space to chronicle God’s working in my life, and I’m happy to have people like you who encourage me to keep going. If I don’t say it enough, thank you.
These posts are listed in no particular order. I hope you enjoy them.
- The Power of the Cross This post explores the idea of how the glorious cross seems even sweeter when you watch your kids come to know Christ.
- Someday, But Not Yet The story of a little old lady who approached me at WalMart to tell me she doesn’t like me, and what she taught me about appreciating this phase of life.
- Peaks and Valleys An important lesson that I had to learn about faith: it’s impossible to live life on the mountaintop.
- You Need Your Church Sometimes this pastor’s wife has a tough time getting “spiritual” on Sundays. Sunday is one of our busiest, most chaotic, craziest days of the week. But, one Sunday I realized that on my least spiritual days, I need the church more than ever.
- Peaceful Living in a Loud World This post was a call to peace in the middle of a tumultuous year.
- Old Letters When looking back reminds you how much harder things used to be. This is a testimony of how far Chad and I have come as married people.
- To “Lose” a Baby In all these years of blogging, I’ve only written two posts about my three miscarriages. This one is about one night this year when I was surprised to realize how deeply I still feel the heartache of those days.
- You Only Live Once: A Search for Happiness This post offers up a personal theory: the YOLO mantra was inspired by a sense of despair. Hear me out.
- The Last Time Get the tissues ready. The night I realized that I was probably rocking Emerald for the last time.
- Sacrificing at the Altar of Love One Another Hard truths for our times.