Keep Fighting | Lessons from The Biggest Loser

As you may know, Michael and I don’t have a TV in our house because we wanted to start our marriage without the distraction. We both grew up in households where TV was either limited or non-existant. Even though we don’t have a TV, we do make sure to catch the weekly episode of NBC’s […]

Rest and The Culture of Busyness

Lately…it’s been rough. I could pinpoint several things that are hard, but it’s more a host of hard things in combination with a lack of sleep & not seeing my husband (he’s been traveling) & the busyness of modern life leaving me exhausted. Saturday was the beginning of a what I hope will be a […]

“Big Face” & Following Jesus | A Guest Post from Natalie Han

Today’s post is from my dear friend Natalie. She currently works as a post-doctorate at Stanford University in the radiology department. She happens to be the smartest person I know (and I know a lot of smart people) and I had the privilege of wading through her intellectual arguments against God and introducing her to […]

Why Does God Choose Us?

The last command of Jesus was to “Go”. To take His message to the ends of the earth–that all may know the Savior of the World and the One True God. The Great Commission. When I was living in China as a missionary, I often wondered why God chooses us–sinful, screwed up people–to do His work […]

Are You Satisfied? Dream Houses, Dream Spouses

During my application process at Thomas Nelson, I took the Strengths Finder Test. I found out I am high on the “Achievement” end, but it also included a weakness of my type for “the tendency towards gnawing discontentment”. It was one of those, ‘are you reading my mail?’ moments. In effort to change, I started examining my perspective and attitude.  […]

Recalculating and God’s Plans

 Did Mr. Right pass me by? Do my past sins exclude me from God’s best? I have several friends and acquaintances in their late twenties or early thirties who are asking these questions. Many of whom have just broken off relationships with the wrong guy, because they are following God and waiting for the right guy. […]

Stolen Phones and Finding Hope

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“Thanks to my Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ for calling me His daughter, leading me out of darkness into his wonderful light, protecting me, and never leaving my side. Without Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, my life would be void of the richest gifts and relationships — and I would never have […]

The Story Behind The Help [And Why You Should Never Give Up]

“You is kiiind. You is smaaart. You is important.” Aibilene, The Help The Help is one of the best fiction books I have read in years. And the movie made my list of Top 10 favorites. The story is incredibly moving, but today I want to write about the backstory — the story of the author, […]

Life as a MRS : New Last Name, One Big Celebration, Same ‘Ole Me

On June 4th, I wore this Married him changed my last name to Dean and became part of their family at the best party of the year and left for our honeymoon MARRIED to the love of my life. “Wherever you go, there you are.” A new last name, new husband, new house…but at the […]

Meeting Colton Burpo | Heaven is For Real

Heaven is for Real — by the end of this week — will have sold 5 million copies. For those of you who haven’t heard of it (ie you’ve just emerged from a bomb shelter), it’s the remarkable, true story of a boy’s trip to heaven and back. Colton Burpo, is rushed into emergency surgery at […]