Food for Thought

Here, we step back and reflect the big pictures and purposes of life to explore the meaningful. There’s lots of mess and challenge, but beautiful things can come out of it. Search with us.

I'm doing my best. I'm trying to care for my child the best I know how. Aren't we all? I'm trying to raise him well, make informed decisions, love him to the very ends of my human limits. And somehow it's not enough. And too much. All at once. The comments started the day he came home from the hospital. Or, more truthfully, the day I found out I was pregnant. At first, I appreciated different perspectives and anything off-colour just rolled off my back....

RThe Hidden Fear Of Going Home

Dads, let's be honest - have you ever faced a secret, shameful fear of going home at the end of the day? A quiet, back of your mind resistance to the drive home from the office? I've been there, and sometimes I'm still there. But it never used to be that way. I used to love the drive home. I'd put in a long, focused day at work. Often I'd be a little bagged. I'd have about 20 peaceful minutes before arriving at a quiet house. Sarah and...

We all have good days and bad days. Happy days and sad days. Some really sad days. Some really bad days. But there are small, incremental ways to make any day a little better, a little brighter. They're also the small, hidden things that are almost always included in every good day. Here's what I've noticed... When I'm having a bad day – these are the ways I make it better. When I'm having a good day – these are the things...

Here it is. The nitty-gritty, nakedness of how we try to be wise with money day-to-day. This wraps up a 3-part series on how sharing finances makes our marriage stronger. If you missed the first two, catch up with; How Sharing a Bank Account Makes Your Marriage Stronger and How to Enjoy Budgeting. Why does money management even matter in your marriage? Because it's one of the top 10 reasons why couples get divorced, according to Huffington Post last fall. You could almost conclude that half...

  This is will be short and sweet. It's the eve of our baby's 1st birthday and I'm feeling all nostalgic. How fast can a year possibly go? Does every year go this fast?? Parenthood has made me realize a few things. I can function with less sleep than I thought I used to love sleep. I still love sleep. And as amazing as our boy is, I wish he loved sleep a little more! The...

  For most of my 20's I would pride myself on being independent. I didn't need a man to start my life, to be financially stable, to have my own place or to be secure in who I was. In fact, that's still true... and I still need look to God for those things. In the world's eyes, I wanted to be an independent woman who could work hard, build stuff, haul stuff and fix stuff. And I was proud of that. Then I got married and...

As promised – Justin is answering some questions to let us dig deeper into his real life faith story. You can get the episode by subscribing to Rose's podcast on iTunes, or listen in on the interview here:   Your story is pretty extreme. How did you take criticism or doubt from those who didn't believe you? I could totally understand where people who were skeptical were coming from, and if I were in their shoes I likely wouldn't have believed it either. But you know, even in the moment, the skepticism...

Face to Face With God

People often think God doesn't interact with humanity. Or think that God doesn't interact with humanity the way He "used to" in the Bible. Or think that He exists at all. But personal experiences and stories make me beg to differ... Justin's story is one of them. His story – which I believe to be powerful and authentic – exploded the box I had God in. When I met Justin, I was 13. I called him Piercy... and he was Piercy...

Good Friday was about death. And we all face it. But today isn't. (If you missed Friday's post, start here. It's important.) Because today... today is Easter Sunday! There are people all around the world that believe on this day, Easter Sunday, the world changed. They believe that death was defeated. They believe that Jesus rose from the dead with our freedom from death in hand. I'm one of those people. You might not be....

good friday, faith, hope, death, life

Death is a strange thing. I’ve sat in the room with death on the way just 3 times in my life. There’s something strange about knowing it’s coming. There's something unnatural, even though it’s the most normal thing in the world. Why does it feel like that? I sat with death on the way recently. Death was coming to a man I loved and admired. He had a huge influence in my life and we were having what I knew was...