I’ll bet you thought this was never going to happen! We’re back! We’re talking about the flu, Carrie, Vidangel, Curate the Hate on Facebook, presidential portraits, marriage, and more!
Yesterday I brought you a list of my most-shared posts of the year. Today I’d like to compile a different kind of list–my favorite posts of the year. It’s funny how it almost never works out that my favorite things that I write are the ones that get passed around the internet. So, here they are–my favorite posts and memories of 2017. I know I don’t say it enough, but thank you for reading and for caring.
Believing in the Somehow
The story of an encounter with a little woman at the grocery store who was having one of her worst moments.
The Art of Missing the Holy Spirit’s Work in Your Child’s Life
God continues to teach me so much through my children.
Do You Really Know This Story?
On living this short, troubled life with a resurrection mentality.
Raising Persecution-Ready Kids
What kind of faith are we really passing on to our children? Is it one that will stand up to anything their future may hold?
This posts is a short tribute to all of the ways that God uses marriage to sanctify us.
The Things You Learn When You’re a Mother
Letting go of our children and clinging to Christ.
Dear Feminists, Where Are You?
This is a sincere call to all of the women who disagree with most everything I believe. There is at least one thing we should all stand firm on, and I am heartbroken that we don’t.
Following Jesus is a Different Kind of Safe
A letter to my children.
Mama, Don’t You See? You are the Sun.
A reminder to all of us mamas.
You Were Created for More Than Motherhood
Revelations that I am having as I move into a brand new phase of motherhood.
It’s become an annual tradition to compile a list of the most popular posts from my blog in the past year. It’s always interesting to see which posts get passed around the internet. I hope these posts were helpful to readers, made some people think, and most importantly, glorified Jesus. Thanks so much for reading and for sharing my stuff!
I’ll also be doing a post of my personal favorite posts of the year. Watch for that in the next few days!
There is a Better Way to Experience Sexuality, and Christian Parents Need to Be Talking About It
This post was a reaction to a vile Teen Vogue article that encourages teens to try anal sex. The line in the article that really got me? “There is no wrong way to experience sexuality, and no way is better than any other.” Read on to see what I believe Christian parents MUST do in these times.
Setting the Tone in Your Home
The story of the day I realized that I was setting the wrong tone in our family.
Let Your Pastor’s Wife Be Herself
This one struck a chord with many of you, which tells me that there are some unrealistic expectations being put on some pastor’s wives out there. One thing our church has taught me is the importance of allowing your pastor’s wife to do ministry in the ways that best suit her gifts and personality.
For the Ordinary Women
When a little cashier at the dollar store reminded me that ordinary women are beautiful, too.
Why We Should All Work in the Church Nursery
I am so thankful for the men and women who have rocked my babies through the years. Here’s why we all need to be a part of what’s happening in the nursery.
The God of the Hurricane
2017 was a rough year for many in Texas. This post tells one of the most heart-breaking stories that emerged from Hurricane Harvey. It also drops some truth about the mighty God that we serve.
When Women March in the Wrong Direction
This post was inspired by the women’s march back in January. There are so many things that baffle me about modern feminism. Here are just a couple of things that I don’t get about it.
What Your Kids Really Need is Your Authentic Christian Life
All at once a relief and a challenge: what your kids really need from you.
A Letter to a Church Member (or, A Letter to Myself)
The church doesn’t exist to give you a good self-image; it exists to give you a true self-image.
Sex Should Be Spiritual
On kicking the world out of your bedroom.
Dads, Be Tender with Your Children
My dad has taught me a lot about being a Christian and being a parent. Here’s one example.
One Hour in a Restaurant Doesn’t Make a Good Marriage
A post about the ever-popular and always elusive “date night,” and why it shouldn’t be shoved at the top of our priority lists in marriage.
We’re finally back! This week we talk about braces, the shooting in Las Vegas, Hugh Hefner, legacy, and more. Careful if your kids are nearby–we tackle some more grown up themes than usual!
Follow these links to check out the articles we mention:
“An Act of Pure Evil”–Searching for Meaning in Las Vegas by Al Mohler
Hugh Hefner, the Logic of Porn, and the Homosexualization of Sex by Alastair Roberts
Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner by Ross Douthat
No one truly loves you until they have seen every dark shadow inside you and stayed. It was just another meme on Facebook. Just another quote designed to get clicks, created to appeal to people’s sense of romance. It helps us remember how blessed we are when people put up with our faults. When they see us at our lowest and they stick around anyway. There’s only one problem with the sentiment of the statement: no one has ever really seen every dark shadow inside of us.
And, this is a truth that we have a hard time wrapping our heads around. It’s something that we don’t like to think about: the depth of our sin. But, if we really want to be honest with ourselves, we know that there are parts of our wicked hearts that we will never reveal to anyone. There are things inside of us that would cause everyone we know to walk away. Our sin problem is so much bigger than we care to admit.
But, when we do take a head-spinning moment to recognize how deep and pitch black the pit of sin really is, not in other people, but in ourselves, we don’t have to despair. We don’t have to live in fear of being abandoned by our all-knowing God. He sees every dark shadow inside of us. Every single one. And, He is never going anywhere. Others may walk out on you. Others may give up on you.