We Are More by Emily Wierenga (Plus a Book Giveaway)

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Today we're taking a break from the Mixed-Up Faith series, and Emily Wierenga is sharing here to celebrate the release of her new book, Mom in the Mirror. You can check out the book trailer here. And be sure to see details at the bottom of the post on how you can win a copy! +++++++++++ We are the heartbeat of the home. But more than that, sisters... We are the heartbeat of the world. I see a woman’s Facebook status rejoicing that she’s lost 45 pounds, and multitudes are clicking “like” and it’s near-triggering me to check what I’m eating, to hop back on that anorexic train to skinny-ville. And I think we can be more. More than our weight, more than our looks, more than our jean size, because I have two chubby-faced boys staring up at me as I write and they see me as so … [Read more...]

Equality Not to be Grasped

For as long as I can remember, I've loved the passage Philippians 2:5-11, most likely thanks to Michael Card's Carmen Christi. It has always struck me as a beautiful picture of service to one another. But these verses have also been used regularly to put women in their place. In churches and in homes, I have often seen this passage used to suggest that hierarchy exists within the Trinity and therefore must exist within the home and the Church. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as … [Read more...]

The New Digs and a Giveaway!

On the off chance that you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have missed that I recently made the move to WordPress. Yes, I'm with the grown-ups now. It's all very schmacy. Which is, no doubt, what you've come to expect from me. Anyway, as part of the move, I want to say thank you for keeping me company around here. And I'd like to go ahead and thank you by asking you to allow me to keep you company all over the internet. But wait! For the privilege of following me and liking me and letting me into your inbox, I'll offer you the chance at a couple of gifts. I've got a copy of Not Alone that I'd like to give someone. And, in honor of the best show on television, I'm throwing in a $15 gift card to Subway. Not the person, the store. Eat fresh! Seriously, I love writing … [Read more...]

Christmas Music with Klout and Justin Bieber

I. Love. Christmas music.So very much.I do my best only to listen to it during the actual Christmas season (which starts whenever we drive home from Thanksgiving at my parents' house), but occasionally something will get busted out during a time that is not strictly seasonal. Not often, but you know. Sometimes it just can't be helped.And as you probably also know, I just plain love Klout. How else will I know how influential I am? Besides, who among us doesn't need another way to feel inadequate?Anyway, Klout tells me (and I absolutely believe it) that I am influential in three categories.Religion & SpiritualityCoffeeJustin BieberTo continue my climb to the top of influence in these categories, and to celebrate my love of Christmas music, I'm going to do a little giveaway here on the … [Read more...]