Why We’re a World in Waiting

We are currently in the season of Advent. For me, this meant traditions of lighting the candle at church, reading the story of Jesus’ birth and celebrating His coming. But after visiting with a friend, she shared a perspective about Advent I’d never connected with, until now. Advent is a time of expectant waiting and…

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Top 10 Christmas Tunes 2018

My favorite church service of the year is Christmas Eve. The church we attend has a tradition of ending the service where they dim the lights, we all light a candle and sing Silent Night, which is my favorite Christmas song. The combination of these lyrics and melody get me every time. Reflecting on Jesus’…

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Our Wait Has Changed

Living in the Wait now has new meaning. After three years of unexplained infertility, which led to our most challenging days, with gratitude in our hearts we are overjoyed to share God answered our prayers. Baby Vande Kieft is joining us May 2019. Our announcement is a sincere invitation to share in our happiness. You’ve…

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3 Nuggets of Wisdom from Business Boutique

The beginning of November, my mom and I attended Christy Wright’s Business Boutique in Nashville, TN. There were over 3,000 women at this event, all hungry for knowledge, connectivity and reassurance that the desire, idea or passion in them was worth pursuing. That it wasn’t some crazy thought, but a purpose God placed in them…

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The Master of Surprises

Like most people, I have expectations of how I want things to happen in my life. I see it one way and that’s it. It’s like I have blinders on. This is where life gets interesting and God shows up in unexpected ways. I think He loves to surprise us as a reminder of how…

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Do You See What God Sees?

The song “Mended” by Matthew West came on the radio a few weeks ago and the emotions of my wait bubbled to the surface like boiling water. How often do we see ourselves, our situation, or our wait, through our eyes, the eyes of others or the way of the world vs. the Creator who…

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Where to Find Shelter

We’ve all been there before, caught in an unexpected rain shower. What is the first thing you typically look for when that happens? Shelter. And why is that? You’re trying to find a place for coverage or protection. A building or structure to keep you safe. While buildings provide great coverage for our physical health,…

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A How To in Waiting

Psalm 27:14 NLT – Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD! You all know I like tactical + practical and thankfully we have the Bible to help us with that when it comes to waiting. I recently came across this verse and am so thankful God made this…

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5 Ways to Push Past Perfection

I’ll probably always strive for perfection, but my desire to continually obtain it is slowly fading away. A turning point was when I realized how perfectionism was impacting my life. I had a tough time describing what was happening and why I would avoid things. Once I could name it and understand what it was doing…

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The Paralyzing Power of Perfection

I did not want to write this post. This topic takes being vulnerable to an entirely new level for me. I’m talking about perfection. It’s something I’ve always strived for, but is a complete love/hate relationship. It’s what has made me successful in many aspects of my life, but also debilitating in others. When I…

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