Matt once spoke about the necessity of remaining close to our Source of Life, Jesus, if we are to be leaders and disciples. One idea that continues to rattle my brain is the idea that in order to continually grow and be filled with Christ,...

Think of your BFF, your closest girlfriend who knows everything about you. Then think of women who are especially dear to you, whose friendship holds a special place in your heart. Finally, think of all the other women who’ve touched your life in some way,...

Everything we do as an embodied image bearer reflects the nature of God. Do … [you] point others back to Him? (Body Matters, p.42) That question stopped me in my tracks. The idea that everything I do with my body being intended to point to...

The beginning of a new year always has a way of causing us to pause and reflect on the previous year, but to also look forward to the upcoming year. On Sunday, the teaching took us back through the history of our church, our unique...

I so vividly remember the quiet, dark room where I lay holding my second child.  It was only a couple of hours after she was born, my husband was sleeping on the hospital chair next to me, and for awhile now there had been no...

When each of these previous roles came to an end- “basketball player”, “teacher/coach”, and “FCA staff member”- I found myself frustrated, discouraged, really seeking purpose and significance and questioning who I was. ...

I am a mom of two little girls. One is seven years old, the other five. I have the opportunity to partner with my husband in his work, and really enjoy helping him in that regard.   My weeks are filled with two different carpool lines,...

My ten-year-old daughter and I recently ran a 5k together. We were excited that morning as we got ready to go. It was cold, but at least the sun was shining. It was a beautiful day to run. Our whole family had been counting down...

Do you remember as a child how good it felt to be invited over to someone’s house? Of course, it stills feels good to be invited as an adult. But there was something extra special and exciting about being invited to a party or a...

Recently, I re-read an old journal entry and stumbled upon this quote by Jon Bloom. He’s talking about the story of Mary & Martha, and this quote is on “being a Martha:” “This kind of anxiety is very subtle. It has a selfish root, but its...

Last year was a watershed year in our lives. Both of my husband's parents had major medical crises and almost died within a month of each other. Since then, we have been with them through major surgeries, recovery, rehab, nursing facilities, many moves of them...

My family has spent the last three years living and working in Allendale ,South Carolina.  We moved back into the Greenville area last month, and have been excited to reconnect with this city and with Grace Church. But we have also had a lot of...

I’m a words person.  I consider it my love language and I think I’m pretty good at expressing my feelings in words.  I love a good card or a note of encouragement and affirmation.  The thing about liking words is that I also like to...

My family is anticipating a move in the near future.  Our house has been on the market for many months now and we are anxiously waiting for it to sell.  As we wait, I find myself constantly wanting to pack things up and move things...

The anticipation and excitement about the possibility of snow crackled like static electricity in our home. Obsessive weather checking by all members held our imaginations captive. We were prepared with supplies and ready for the blizzard, should it come. When the snow finally came, we were...

Fresh starts, new resolutions, high hopes, and sweeping goals. These sentiments come around every 365 days, and usually after a month of gluttonous frivolity and merry making. What I’m starting to realize about myself is that these ambitions fall flat quick and are often forgotten...

What an amazing blessing it is that God has invited us to enter into relationship with Him as our Father. As a daughter of the King, I am specifically called to extend that same invitation to those around me. I do not currently find myself...

I spent the first ten years of my life in a Southern Baptist church.  Wednesday nights were G.A.’s.  Although I never really understood the point of bible drills and I wasn’t sure who Lottie Moon was, I did look forward to those nights when a...

“‘Season’ is a way of referring to roles, age, circumstances, or relationships at a specific time. Seasons change and, as they do, they may bring new roles, circumstances, priorities, and needs.” (Ezer: Biblical Femininity, page 16) The idea of “seasons” in a woman’s life was a...

“God created women to fill a need, to come alongside another in a way that lends strength and makes their burden lighter and easier.” Lending strength. When we think of this aspect of being an ezer, the unspoken assumption can be that, out of our surplus...

Kelly Swift has been attending Grace Church with her husband John for seven years. Mother of three, she has always had a special heart for those around her who are in need. Today Kelly serves as the Culturally Engaged representative for the Golden Strip campus...