13 May

Approach Trumps Content – Part 2

Approach Trumps Content – Part 2

Last week, I shared with you a phrase that is constantly mentioned in the Conlee household: Approach Trumps Content! As Christians, we are called to speak the truth in love. Yet often, our temperament causes us to lean more heavily towards either truth or love. It is the person that will avoid confrontation that will […]

8 May

Approach Trumps Content

Approach Trumps Content

While I can try all day long, there are some gifts that my husband has that do not reside in my body! One specific strength that he has and seems to have passed on to my daughter is a high relational IQ. Both Chris and Annika possess an uncanny ability to assess relational dynamics. From […]

1 April

War of Words

War of Words

I love words and I hate them. Spoken or written, words can both give hope and destroy hearts. Even in the social media world of words, I continue in my conflicted state. I resisted jumping in during the early days as people started blogging and tweeting. It would frustrate me to see all the brown […]

18 March

Strong Women, Stronger Marriage (Part 2)

Strong Women, Stronger Marriage (Part 2)

In my last post, I posed the question: “Are you a strong woman?” The reality is that there are two kinds of strong women. There is a culturally strong woman and a biblically strong woman. Culture would tell you that Christian women are weak and progressive women are strong. Nothing could be further from the […]

4 February

Mother-In-Law

Mother-In-Law

There is a cloud that surrounds most mothers-in-law. You know all of the jokes and some of you know a lot of pain. The leaving and cleaving of marriage combined with honoring our parents is a pair of truths that can be complicated. Often we are good at leaving and lousy at honoring OR we […]

28 January

Married but Alone……

Married but Alone……

At least every other week I sit down with a woman who, in her own words, says, “I wish my husband would be the spiritual leader of our home.” If you resonate with that statement, you are definitely not alone. Sadly, it is more the norm than we want to admit. So what are you […]

14 November

Help Wanted for today :(

Help Wanted for today :(

Writing a blog may be dangerous. Some days I think that I am probably repeating wisdom on the same few struggles because I personally have not had complete victory over them yet. I wonder what themes I would find if I went back and read my previous months posts in succession. Too bad I don’t […]

29 October

What Happens After Opposites Attract

What Happens After Opposites Attract

If you want a sneak peak into the Conlee marriage, here is how two absolute opposites find a way to make marriage work… THE BACKSTORY When my husband and I began dating, he was pursuing a career as a professional golfer. Our dates had to be after dark. If the sun provided ANY light, Chris […]

5 September

Learning from a Chicken…

Learning from a Chicken…

Anyone had a furious start to the fall?  School is here and all that goes with the beginning of autumn.  Seems like everyone lives a faster and faster paced life with each passing season, including the Conlee crew.  This week we have had cross country, Open House, dentist appointments, the kickoff of fall Bible study, […]

20 August

When You Can’t Take It Anymore…

When You Can’t Take It Anymore…

Over the years, I have learned that I have a pretty high pain tolerance… both literally and figuratively. For better or worse, God gave my husband a wife who can function under a pretty decent amount of pressure or busyness. About once every 5 years, I hit my wall. Sure I have minor meltdowns in […]