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Loved Fiercely—Carly Van Laar

God loves you so fiercely that He gives you the choice to follow Him, or not. Follow Him, trust me, you won't regret it.

Vacation Bible School Memories

This week several churches in our area are hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children. VBS has been a staple of my summers since I attended my first VBS as a toddler. After aging out of being an attendee for VBS, I became a volunteer–first, at my home church, and later at the church where I attended as a college student, which happens to be the same church I attend now, over 20 years later....

Preparing a Campfire Taught me About Forgiveness

Several weekends ago, when our local school system had their winter break, we went camping with another family...

My Calendar and My Faith

I am a wall calendar kind of girl. Each year, I love picking out my next wall calendar and deciding what theme it will be. This year, as I had both calendars sprawled out on the kitchen island, perched on a bar stool transferring the dates and events...

When You See “Trunk or Treat” Think This Instead

Growing up, my family lived frugally, as my parents instilled in my sister and me the value of a dollar and the importance of tithing. For this reason, we were not privy to getting a candy bar each time we went to the store...

In it all, there is Jesus

In those times where even my best efforts do not affect the outcome, or when there is nothing I can physically do to make things better, there is Jesus. Throughout these past weeks, Jesus found his way to me, as he has proven himself faithful to do over and over.

Alone in the Woods with a Man

A few weekends ago, I found myself alone in the woods with a man. I know that sounds scary, and it absolutely could have been, so it is a good thing...

Over-sharing Details out of Love

My son's surgery was made easier when the surgeon shared so many details, here's why....

Hope Brings Smiles, Even at a Funeral

The church I attend is multi-generational, which I love. Since we do not live near family, it is wonderful to have people in my life who are like my very own grandparents I can see at church each week, sometimes... Continue Reading →

God Shows Us the Way He Works

Opening a preschool during a pandemic is among the hardest things I have done to date. Desiring to ensure the safety of the preschoolers, their families, and the staff made for much weight on my shoulders...

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