3 July

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

For the first time in my life, I feel a little nervousness as we approach the 4th of July. With so much tension in the air, America the Beautiful – the Home of the Brave – feels like she’s been caught in the crosshairs of sin. In some ways, it would be much easier to […]

26 June

What kind of spy are you? – Part 1

What kind of spy are you? – Part 1

The account of Joshua and Caleb, along with the 10 other spies, being sent by Moses to spy out the Promised Land (Numbers 13) is pretty well known. It’s one of the defining moments where the fear of 10 Israelites impacts an entire generation. Joshua and Caleb had faith and confidence that God would lead […]

12 June

Keeping the Next Generation Strong

Keeping the Next Generation Strong

Have you noticed how much of life is a rollercoaster? Seems like we go in cycles. We climb the mountain, one step at a time, we peak, then we have some event that causes us to take several steps backwards. Sometimes, it’s simply a quick stumble. Sometimes, it’s a catapult up, followed by a nosedive […]

5 June

Rest.

Rest.

A few of you have been extremely rejuvenated in the last few months. For the rest of us, even being out of our regular routine and dealing with many things being cancelled, we’re still walking out of this last season exhausted. Fewer things took exponential energy as we coped with large amounts of change. From […]

29 May

Black and White

Black and White

Racism. As a white person, this is a topic that I have the luxury to decide whether to enter into or not. It’s a luxury that my friends who are black do not have. Frankly, it’s more comfortable to avoid the topic. It’s easier to be kind to people and talk about being loving, then […]

22 May

Money, Money, Money…

Money, Money, Money…

You’re in a very small percent of the population right now if you aren’t facing some financial implications from COVID-19. Whether you’ve had to cut back your hours, lost a job, seen revenue from an investment drop, or watched your college or retirement fund take a bungee jump, most of us have had to face […]

17 April

How does your family cross the street?

How does your family cross the street?

From very early on in our journey as a family, Chris and I smiled at the differences in each of our temperaments. Initially, it was as husband and wife; later it was as parents, as we saw our children develop their own personalities. This last week, the four Conlees converged in the same city for […]

10 April

“Good” Friday?

“Good” Friday?

It would’ve been way more convenient if the entire world had entered the pandemic coming off of a good season. If only we’d had all our affairs in order, all our bills paid, all our relationships in good standing, and all our anxieties resolved. No such luck. Instead, we walked into the unexpected with whatever […]

3 April

3 Ways to Keep Discouragement Away

3 Ways to Keep Discouragement Away

Just like you, the last few weeks have blown my mind. There were moments early on when it seemed like the news was hyping another story. Given recent years, it’s certainly been hard to tell when they’re trying to increase ratings or actually provide a public service. Then, as the things we’ve seen as part […]

27 March

Remember March 1st?

Remember March 1st?

It’s been quite a month. It’s mind blowing to think what has shifted in our everyday routines within just a few short weeks. Yesterday, I found myself spraying my one can of Lysol on a box that arrived at my front door. Seriously?!! As we settle into finding a new routine that protects ourselves and […]