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Four Lessons from the Loss of my Labbie

To my family’s great heartbreak, we said “goodbye” to my dad’s beloved black labrador and best buddy, Sir Bentley Cherest, earlier this week. He was 11.5 years old, born July 21, 2006, and we had brought him home in September of that same year. Bentley (or...

Freebie Friday, anyone?

Hey! Today is January 19 and I’m super excited because 1/19 means it’s the online launch day for One19 Ministries! Let me back up for a minute…

Audio from “She Is”

It’s been several weeks since I had the privilege of teaching at She Is, our fall women’s ministry event.

5 Things I Need YOU to Pray for ME

I am currently 40,000 feet in the air on a plane flying to Houston, Texas, sitting in the window seat, staring out a window full of sparkling blue skies. We are soaring above a solid blanket of glowing white pillowy clouds as far as the eye can see. (And as a...

A Maid of Honor Speech

One of my best friends, my baby sister Jennifer, got married last night to my new brother Christian! Congrats to the Florys! I had the privilege of serving as her maid of honor. After months of work, one of my final opportunities was a speech to toast the new couple...

How ISIS Reveals What We REALLY Believe

The events, stories, and commentary surrounding the most recent ISIS attacks have bombarded us over the last week and have been overwhelming. I have struggled (like so many others) to know the biblical way to respond in thoughts, words, and actions. Unfortunately, I...

8 Things God Taught Me In Seattle….

Last Tuesday marked exactly two years since I moved across the country and started my new life in Seattle. Anniversaries have a way of making us reminisce. It obviously came up in my time with the Lord and I spent some time journaling a few specific things that he...

galatians…week 15 **ADOPTION**

There is a tender story circulating across the country through all sorts of media. I first saw it last week, through a Facebook post, then last night, I heard it discussed on a cable news show. It is the story of 15-year old orphan, Davion Only, who decided to go to...

galatians…week 14 **ALL ONE**

Happy birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We, as a country, duly honor him today for his life, vision, faith, work, and untimely murder. In his honor, I want to share a small part of his heart in quotes: “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls...

galatians…week 13 **PURPOSES**

I am convinced that if believers would understand--and I mean really understand--the truth of the following passage of Scripture, then we would walk in true freedom and magnetic peace. It's huge. The evidence that most Christians do not understand what we are going to...

galatians…week 12 **PROMISE**

Well, well, well...2013. Where did you come from? I suppose I should catch you up on things around here since I have been M.I.A. (Missing-in-Action, for those of you who thought I was talking about Miami International Airport) for a few--did I say a "few"? I meant...

galatians…week 11 **ALL**

Happy middle-of-the-summer! I hope you are loving the book of Galatians as we go through it several verses at a time! I really wish that we could discuss these Scriptures together in real life. I wish that I could hear how God encourages you, challenges you, and...

galatians…week 10 **THE GOSPEL**

The picture of the Gageman is there simply for your enjoyment because he is the cutest thing...and I just like to show him off. Erin Nicastro took pictures of him earlier this week, and we celebrated his three-month birthday! Now, on to business... Yes, I am a week...

galatians…week 9 **THE CROSS**

We are one-third of the way through Galatians!! Two chapters down, four to go! There is something extraordinary that happens when you read a letter/book of Scripture in its entirety. You get the complete feel of the letter from start to finish. I am not yet reciting...

galatians…week 8 **LOVE**

Before we get into this week's text, I need to WARN you...THESE ARE EXTREMELY FAMILIAR VERSES! So, please beware of reading through them haphazardly. I believe there is some truth to the old adage "familiarity breeds complacency." I ask that you would pray for fresh...

galatians…week 7 **CONFRONTATION**

Sin. Confrontation. Repentance. Repeat. Sin. Confrontation. Repentance. Repeat. Sin. Confrontation. Repentance. Repeat. When Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses, the very first one was: "When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said, "Repent", He called for the entire...

galatians…week 6 **GRACE**

I hope your mid-week is finding you well! Mine is busy with family things, since my little sister, Jennifer, is in town for a week before she heads to San Francisco for the summer! She is an opera singer and has a gig (yes, I just said "gig") out there all summer....

galatians…week 5 **RUNNING**

Chapter 2, here we come! Thank you so much for joining me on this journey... 1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who...