14 March

Broken Hearts and Blame Games

Broken Hearts and Blame Games

The topic of parenting is cornering me on all sides: I’m in the beginning stages of writing a book with the working title Mom Guilt: Breaking Free from the Silent Struggles of Motherhood; Highpoint’s first parenting conference is around the corner (check out 7000days.org); and I also find myself in 1 Samuel where, within just […]

7 March

2 Lessons from a Young Boy – Part 2

2 Lessons from a Young Boy – Part 2

As I mentioned in my last post, as much as I intellectually and theologically know God loves me regardless of my performance, I can still fall into the subtle trap of feeling like I need to prove to Him that I’m worth loving. Sometimes I act as if God’s weighing the balance to see if […]

28 February

2 Lessons from a Young Boy – Part 1

2 Lessons from a Young Boy – Part 1

Most people in this region of the country are familiar with Christianity and have had exposure to the Bible. It might be less than in previous generations, but still the majority have probably stepped foot in a church. And here’s where the danger lies: Exposure, and even agreement, doesn’t automatically equal life change. I was […]

21 February

A Ride of a Lifetime

A Ride of a Lifetime

About 6 or 7 years ago, my husband gave our church fair warning that in a few years, whenever our 2000 Honda Accord huffed and puffed its last breath, he would purchase a convertible. It wasn’t a midlife crisis. It wasn’t poor stewardship. It would just be the first time in our marriage when he […]

14 February

Get Out of Jail Free

Get Out of Jail Free

This past weekend, over 270 women from Highpoint Church gathered for Getaway 2017. I’m incredibly grateful for the team of women who God used to coordinate every detail and to pray over every aspect of our time together. But what about all the women who weren’t able to come? The facility and conference center we […]

7 February

Greeting Cards 101

Greeting Cards 101

It’s that time of year when many of us purchase Valentine’s Day cards for our friends, children, boyfriends or spouses. I cannot head to a card section without thinking about the lessons I learned in greeting cards 25 years ago. So, today you get greeting card advice from Karin Conlee… When Chris and I were […]

31 January

Never Neutral

Never Neutral

Life happens. Day after day. If we aren’t careful, we just get into our ruts and push repeat. If I’m honest, I’m a girl who loves ruts. I’m the one who can eat the same protein bar every day for years. Salted Caramel Think Thins, anyone? If your local Target is out, it’s likely I’ve […]

24 January

The Long Haul

The Long Haul

Sometimes life gets hard. I can usually handle it for a week or two. Then I get ticked. I get frustrated that God hasn’t done something or that it’s dragged on for so long. Please tell me I’m not alone in this experience! When I’m not in the thick of it, I can step back […]

17 January

What price will you pay?

What price will you pay?

It’s Martin Luther King Jr Day as I write. There’s 1 sleeping giant and 3 teenage girls tucked in at our house, enjoying their day off from school. I, on the other hand, am a fantastic mess. I need some uninterrupted time to actually get some work done. Yet I know that the day will […]

10 January

Tricky, Tricky, Tricky…

Tricky, Tricky, Tricky…

As the year ended, I noticed a rising amount of frustration within me. At first, I couldn’t understand why. Many things in my world were going well, and yet I found myself a little impatient and snappy. Ever been there? Shortly thereafter, I began the book of Judges in my priority time. Here, the Children […]