Please forgive the formatting problems that made this post so difficult to read, we have updated it and are re-sending this to our partners. Thank you for your grace!   By Mommy Emily I didn’t make it in time. I was two hours away, lost in traffic in a taxi with a kind East Indian…

  Post by Joanne Viola, Treasurer of The Lulu Tree The verse has been before me for just about two weeks … “But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he place his hands on their heads and…

By Mommy Emily I’m standing in the middle of Costco with a cart full of things we really don’t need surrounded by people pushing carts filled with things they really don’t need in a warehouse lined with shelves stacked with things we’re all convinced we can’t live without. In three days I’ll be standing on…

By Mommy Emily   I spent the greater portion of my life trying to be successful. I thought it was what we were supposed to do, as humans. But worse than that—I thought success was the mark of a blessed Christian. If God loves you He’ll bless you, says the Prayer of Jabez and North…

No pastor is perfect. No church is perfect. I’m not here to bash churches and I’m not here to exalt pastors. I’m here to get real with you about why God called a very sinful woman (me) who ran for years from the institutionalized church, to found an organization which trains pastors and churches. I…

We’re dancing in the living room, my two-year-old daughter and I. I’ve been cleaning windows but she’s led me to the carpet, saying “up, up,” and we’re twirling now to Christy Nockels singing all about Jesus. Aria’s head leans back and she closes her eyes and for a moment, I am not checking off items…

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