BRB… Waiting for Baby Steiner

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Aloha friends!

Jason and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our precious baby girl and will be taking a brief hiatus for her arrival this summer! We can’t wait to catch up with you and share our many life updates in the fall. Thank you for your continued support + prayers for our ministry and our baby girl. And be sure to connect with us on Instagram for baby updates throughout the summer!

Have a blessed summer!

in Him,

Laura

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Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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Does God Really Love Us?

MauiConflicting Character or Skewed Perception? Understanding the God of the Old Covenant.

The Old Testament has a way of making me feel completely inept.  I’ve read the New Testament backwards and forwards many times, but every once in awhile I’m convicted about my avoidance of the Old Testament with all it’s Law, it’s genealogies, it’s prophets, and it’s scandalous stories.  The Sunday school answer is that Jesus is just as much in the Old Testament as the New, but I as the reader still struggle to find Him there sometimes. Continue reading

I am a Redeemed daughter. I am a 33 year old wife, and mother to 2 boys and 1 girl. Every day feels full to the brim with our kids and our orchard life and all that it entails, but I never stop looking for Jesus in
all the details. I long for the day that our world is completely lit up by His love and grace; that day when the gospel spreads like fire, and freedom blows through nations in a way that liberates the captives and bonds enemies as friends. I like to lose myself in books, look for beauty through the lens of a camera, put words to the page to try to unravel the tangle of thoughts in my mind, and I am absolutely crazy about seeing life-giving relationships come alive through friendships and shared passions. I’m hopelessly hooked on coffee, podcasts, music, and skies.
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Rocky Soil Overcome by The Rock

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A few weeks ago, in the early morning I was reading the parable of the soils in Matthew.  It’s a story that you’ve heard many times if you’ve been in church for any length of time.

He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Continue reading

I am a Redeemed daughter. I am a 33 year old wife, and mother to 2 boys and 1 girl. Every day feels full to the brim with our kids and our orchard life and all that it entails, but I never stop looking for Jesus in
all the details. I long for the day that our world is completely lit up by His love and grace; that day when the gospel spreads like fire, and freedom blows through nations in a way that liberates the captives and bonds enemies as friends. I like to lose myself in books, look for beauty through the lens of a camera, put words to the page to try to unravel the tangle of thoughts in my mind, and I am absolutely crazy about seeing life-giving relationships come alive through friendships and shared passions. I’m hopelessly hooked on coffee, podcasts, music, and skies.
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Bonded in Brokenness: A Story About Friendship

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I watched her raise her arms as her beautiful alto voice reverberated across the sanctuary, and tears filled my eyes.  The Spirit of the Lord was on the move no doubt, and that in and of itself always makes me cry. Some people laugh, some people dance, some people kneel, I typically cry.

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I am a Redeemed daughter. I am a 33 year old wife, and mother to 2 boys and 1 girl. Every day feels full to the brim with our kids and our orchard life and all that it entails, but I never stop looking for Jesus in
all the details. I long for the day that our world is completely lit up by His love and grace; that day when the gospel spreads like fire, and freedom blows through nations in a way that liberates the captives and bonds enemies as friends. I like to lose myself in books, look for beauty through the lens of a camera, put words to the page to try to unravel the tangle of thoughts in my mind, and I am absolutely crazy about seeing life-giving relationships come alive through friendships and shared passions. I’m hopelessly hooked on coffee, podcasts, music, and skies.
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Fighting the Good Fight

I know that faith is a wonderful thing. But I don’t think we can get the full “faith experience” unless we have the courage to enter into the fight. It’s easy to say you have faith until life throws unexpected tragedies and unfair challenges at you. In those moments, how can you believe that God is really a good God? To really experience faith, I think we have to be able to acknowledge how messy it is.

For me, the hardest part about faith has always been the uncertainty. I always found it ridiculous that people believe in God with every ounce of their being even though they can’t prove his existence. I always thought praying was silly because you’re just talking out loud to yourself. “How am I supposed to believe in something,” I thought, “if I don’t know if any of it’s even real?” I needed proof. I needed to see the evidence. If I could just have that, then yeah, I would be so on board with the Jesus stuff. I dealt with quite a bit of frustration as I was wrestling with these things a few months ago.

It was hard to accept that I’d have to let go of my desire to know everything. To be okay with the fact that this life and our God are too big for me to ever understand completely. Faith is the assurance of things we can’t see. Faith is about walking, not seeing. Faith is “letting go and letting God” (Yeah, I used to hate that saying, too). Faith is fighting the good fight (1 Timothy 6:11-12).

Uncertainty sucks. But as my newfound favorite writer Jonas Ellison says, certainty is “a false idol that never delivers.”  Certainty is “heaven for the ego and hell for the soul.” The uncertainty is what pushes our souls to believe in something that much stronger. Our lives are fragile and uncertain in themselves. This verse hit me with a pretty big dose of reality and humility:

For what is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

James 4:14

Kind of depressing, right? But it puts this universe and this life into perspective. I’ve found that the more I let go of controlling my life and the more I fight to think about the bigger picture, the less my world revolves around me. It makes me want to believe in something bigger than myself. So I’ve poured more energy into learning about not only God but also Jesus (yes, this is a Justin Bieber reference) (but it’s funny because God and Jesus really aren’t the same person) (so technically he wasn’t wrong).

But that doesn’t make it easy. How do you remain steadfast in your faith in God when the news is saturated with stories about Aleppo, mass shootings and social injustice? How do you have faith when close friends or family are diagnosed with stage four cancer? How do you keep believing when a car accident rips someone from your life? Let me know. I’ll be trying to figure that one out for a while.

Anyway, I guess this is why they call it a faith journey. I don’t think people ever actually reach “maximum faith.” It’s an uphill battle and you’re going to get some bumps and bruises. Life will test your faith’s limits and there will be days when you don’t have any more faith at all, but that’s when you fight.

I don’t know why God does that to people, but I like to think it’s his way of toughening us up. To really see if we believe in something bigger than ourselves.

I’ve always pictured faith journeys to look something like a marathon or Bilbo Baggins’ trek to Mount Doom. It’s a messy, sometimes disheartening, really exhausting, (hopefully not near-fatal) fight. But you know you’re fighting the “good fight” because it’s worth it. I’m giving up on trying to know everything there is to know about faith. But I do know that believing in something bigger than yourself is always worth it.

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Christina is an INFJ, an Ohioan at heart and a Hoosier at the moment. She’s an avid reader and writer who believes in the healing power of vulnerability. She loves coffee shops and dachshunds. She’s 23, and in April, she’s marrying her best friend. If you’d like, reach out and share your story with her — she’d love to hear it.
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My New Years Day Meltdown: An Honest Letter About 2017

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Hi Friends!

I took a much needed hiatus from social media this last week. My family was here visiting from California, and instead of documenting every moment with them, I savored it and drank it in. And I didn’t blog about 2016. Or my thoughts about 2017. Or my resolutions. And to be honest with you, it was so freeing. We had a week full of food fights, sunsets, and card games, with never ending laughs as we rode around in a rental van that barely ran. It was glorious.
And when my family left on New Years Eve, as much as I tried to shake it, there was no doubt a dark cloud looming over me all weekend.

I love the turn of the new year. The fresh, clean slate and promise of hope are inspiring. I’m a goal-setting, list-making dreamer with a perpetually restless soul that’s always aching to be part of a greater purpose.

So when I woke up on New Years Day, I never expected that our 2017 goal-setting session would end in the meltdown I had.

The truth is, 2016 may be in the past, and it may be last year, but it was also just last weekend. Problems and hurts aren’t erased. Stress and work and worries are still there. I wish the turn of the new year really wiped those things clean.

My sweet husband has so much grace and patience with me. I cried about missing my family. And being overwhelmed with more condo renovations, and going back to work, and hosting visitors, and vacations that may never come to fruition, and big life decisions: it’s no wonder the afternoon ended in tears for me.

I feel silly writing this now, but I know many of you have similar hurts and struggles. The New Year doesn’t mean everything is perfect and new. It’s not a magical day that fixes everything when the clock strikes 12.

But as believers in and followers of Christ, we are offered a new start daily. And with Christ, that does mean peace in the midst of chaos and overwhelm, comfort in the hurt, and hope in the future.

Friend, you’re doing just fine where you are. Don’t put pressure on yourself to live up to expectations this year that are going to end in stress or disappointment. Keep going on the road you’re on, and seek God all the way.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

In Him,

Laura
founder + editor

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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How to Get Through the January Blues

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As long as I can remember Christmas has always been my favorite part of the year. The countdowns and candlelit services and waiting with ears strained for the sound of sleigh bells vividly return to me as I think about the past holiday seasons. And for as long as I can remember that eager excitement Christmas held, I also remember the enormous let down that sank into my heart as I climbed into bed Christmas night. When I was little I equated this feeling with not getting the right presents. But even now, as the importance of gifts has decreased, I can still feel that heavy weight of disappointment. Post-Christmas blues hit hard, whether your six or twenty-six. Continue reading

Greer Oharah is a lover of authentic words and strong coffee. She blogs over at greeroharah.com where she writes on encountering God in the sacredness of daily life. She is a nanny, choral accompanist, and piano teacher. Her home is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where she lives with her gallant, school-teaching husband.
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The Sustaining Promise of Hope

We are a people who have defied the notion of truth.  Right and Wrong? Subjective and malleable.  On one hand it’s good to appreciate nuance and differences and diversity and grey areas, but on the other hand we are killing ourselves when we throw away our plumb-lines; abolish our benchmarks; trample on our long-held standards.

We believe we are evolved and enlightened, and this is why we have the privilege of complete self-governance.  But as I look around, I see a world where evil is raging, and people are more divided than ever.

As I was reading this morning, I came across something that sounded like it was written about our modern era, but this was written nearly 3000 years ago.  There is something to be said for the timeless nature of scripture, see for yourself;

Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities: rebellion and treachery against the Lord, turning our backs on our God, fomenting oppression and revolt, uttering lies our hearts have conceived.  Continue reading

I am a Redeemed daughter. I am a 33 year old wife, and mother to 2 boys and 1 girl. Every day feels full to the brim with our kids and our orchard life and all that it entails, but I never stop looking for Jesus in
all the details. I long for the day that our world is completely lit up by His love and grace; that day when the gospel spreads like fire, and freedom blows through nations in a way that liberates the captives and bonds enemies as friends. I like to lose myself in books, look for beauty through the lens of a camera, put words to the page to try to unravel the tangle of thoughts in my mind, and I am absolutely crazy about seeing life-giving relationships come alive through friendships and shared passions. I’m hopelessly hooked on coffee, podcasts, music, and skies.
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Forgiveness and The 5 Words That Crushed Me

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A little less than a year ago, I sat blindsided in a then-friend’s kitchen, getting insults hurled hastily in my face. This woman was enraged. And wrongly so. I sat there, however, dumbfoundedly taking in every word like another dagger to my heart. “And you call yourself a Christian?!” She screamed with disgust.

This isn’t a story about all the mean things that were said to me. This isn’t a story about justifying my side of the story, or even explaining the backstory of the turn of events that led me to sitting there that bleak January day.  Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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A Sign of Faith

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We’ve just put the finishing touches on our holiday collection at the lifestyle brand where I work. And you know what’s hot right now? Stars. These little pointed shapes are everywhere; jewelry, stationery, t-shirts, handbags, tights, you name it. Everything looks more festive if you put stars on it. I think it’s the sparkle factor!

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Danielle is an author and entrepreneur. She loves afternoon tea, weddings, and finding the perfect gifts for her favourite people. Her mission is to hire and train the unemployed, and to help women joyfully celebrate life. Danielle was a corporate banker for years and has lived and worked in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

You can find more of Danielle’s work at www.definingsomeday.com & www.laceandscone.com

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Transcendent Confidence: And How to Pray For It

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He is before all things and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

There have been two times when I’ve clung to that verse for dear life.
The first time was when we were leaving our two boys, flying to Austin for a conference. I had never flown anywhere without them since becoming a mom.
As we were taking off out of Seattle I started to panic and I started to cry and in my head I was repeating “He is before all things and in him all things are held together.” I don’t have a fear of flying, and I had never had anxiety about a takeoff before. I remember being so afraid that something would happen to us, or happen to our boys, and it just terrified me to be going states away from them. Continue reading

I am a Redeemed daughter. I am a 33 year old wife, and mother to 2 boys and 1 girl. Every day feels full to the brim with our kids and our orchard life and all that it entails, but I never stop looking for Jesus in
all the details. I long for the day that our world is completely lit up by His love and grace; that day when the gospel spreads like fire, and freedom blows through nations in a way that liberates the captives and bonds enemies as friends. I like to lose myself in books, look for beauty through the lens of a camera, put words to the page to try to unravel the tangle of thoughts in my mind, and I am absolutely crazy about seeing life-giving relationships come alive through friendships and shared passions. I’m hopelessly hooked on coffee, podcasts, music, and skies.
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His Banner is Love: Truth You Need to Hear

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Written by the lovely Kaci Nicole

I’m a big words girl.

I love writing, and I love the feeling of finding a perfect quote.  Goodness, “Words of Affirmation” is even my top love language.

My love for words stems from the fact that I believe in their power.  Power to influence and power to change.  Think about God’s first recorded words in Scripture, as He is creating the world.  Of all the methods He could have chosen (which is oh yeah, anything), He chose to speak the very universe in which we live into existence using words.  This means that His words have the power to change reality.  I think He has instilled in our words the same capacity. Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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Seeking Adventure in the Midst of the Mundane

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Do you ever feel yourself craving the air of a new season? Not just the leaves changing from vibrant green to rich auburn, or the crisp caress of cool fall nights, but the shift of life events, a new journey, a fresh start. Sometimes my heart focuses on an event, a project, or a goal just because I’m craving the “next thing”.
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Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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3 Ways to Better Understand Scripture

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Towards the beginning of September, I was up early with a cup of coffee, hanging out with Jesus after Hubby went to work and before the kiddos began stirring. This particular morning, I felt the Lord trying to get a point across to me — something minor, yet really influential and exactly what I needed (imagine that!). The point was this:

When I don’t quite understand something in scripture, I must speak it, until I understand it, until I believe it, until I truly walk it and live it out with joy in my heart.

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Kalie is Wife to her grade school sweetheart + Mama to their two littles. She is currently completing her Bachelor Degree + will graduate this December (by the grace of God). Writing about the truth of Jesus Christ is her happy place, the place where she feels the Lord speaks to her most. Kalie has a little blog of her own that is very dear to her; along with her husband and children + home, this blog is where she feels the Lord has made her ministry in this season. Phil. 1:6
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Seeking the Impact of God’s Narrative

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The tears welled up without notice as I tried to break down the narratives of war and heroism in a way that my 7 year old could understand.  I tried to paint him a picture of the courage and sacrifice that’s been displayed over and over to defeat evil, bring freedom, liberate the oppressed and deliver justice.

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I am a Redeemed daughter. I am a 33 year old wife, and mother to 2 boys and 1 girl. Every day feels full to the brim with our kids and our orchard life and all that it entails, but I never stop looking for Jesus in
all the details. I long for the day that our world is completely lit up by His love and grace; that day when the gospel spreads like fire, and freedom blows through nations in a way that liberates the captives and bonds enemies as friends. I like to lose myself in books, look for beauty through the lens of a camera, put words to the page to try to unravel the tangle of thoughts in my mind, and I am absolutely crazy about seeing life-giving relationships come alive through friendships and shared passions. I’m hopelessly hooked on coffee, podcasts, music, and skies.
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Wanting What I Have

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Love does not envy. -1 Corinthians 13:4

My husband walks in the door. Another busy day at work, another set of obligations that kept him later than expected, another lengthy to-do list on the agenda for tomorrow. I sigh when he asks how I am. I passively allude to how soon morning will come and he’ll have to leave again. As he settles in for the evening, I scroll through Instagram and like all the pictures of my friends on romantic get-aways and fancy date nights. All we have is a few hours in the evening, I mutter to myself. Continue reading

Greer Oharah is a lover of authentic words and strong coffee. She blogs over at greeroharah.com where she writes on encountering God in the sacredness of daily life. She is a nanny, choral accompanist, and piano teacher. Her home is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where she lives with her gallant, school-teaching husband.
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The Must of Margin (And 5 Ways to Achieve it)

Confessions of a twenty-something whose schedule is constantly filled to the brim

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I drive up to our apartment, eyes weary and head heavy from being gone between the hours of 7:30 AM – 10 PM. In the silence of my car driving home, I prayed, Lord, I want to be everything to everyone, and I fail every single time. My problem is not that I say yes to things that I don’t want to do; my problem is that I want to do all of the things. And so my days swell to maximum capacity, being pumped fuller and fuller until I am about to burst. Continue reading

I’m a 25 year old living out of the abundance of Jesus’ unending grace and mercy. I thrive off of deep vulnerability and connection with others, while striving to live into the call of outpouring encouragement onto others. Often described as feisty, passionate, talkative, and compassionate, I am ENFJ through and through. You’ll most likely find me training for a race, handlettering or painting, whipping up a new healthy and whole recipe in the kitchen, singing worship songs at the top of my lungs in my car, or watching the Office with my husband. What do I love most? Pretty light, hearing people’s stories of redemption, peonies, my husband’s smile, white walls, and the smell of rain.
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The Stages in [insert your name here] ‘s Journey

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Call me crazy, but I write my future self letters.  Correction – I used to write myself letters before I had a smart phone. Now I make myself videos. Just like I used to write letters about current goals and dreams and revelations, I now record a video to my future self when I think she may need a reminder or guidance or just a smile. Then I save it in my videos folder until whenever. Not kidding – sorry not sorry. Maybe you get this – anyone else with me already? – or maybe you’re wondering what on earth I am talking about. Continue reading

Danielle is an author and entrepreneur. She loves afternoon tea, weddings, and finding the perfect gifts for her favourite people. Her mission is to hire and train the unemployed, and to help women joyfully celebrate life. Danielle was a corporate banker for years and has lived and worked in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

You can find more of Danielle’s work at www.definingsomeday.com & www.laceandscone.com

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How to Spread Love The Eternal Way

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As an imperfect mother living in a world where social media proclaims perfection, it is easy to be filled with constant worry and even, at times,  jealousy. Questions like “Am I doing well enough as a parent?” “Do my children have enough new toys?” “Do my children have as many gifts for birthdays and Christmas that the social media feeds show?” “Are their clothes ‘in style’?” may arise. The list could go on and on about what this world deems great parents to be. It can really make you feel like you are not good enough, when in truth, these things are only things, and they do not measure our ability to parent our children, and do not truly matter in terms of our children’s salvation.

Dear friend, we, as parents –in order to set an eternal example– must set our eyes on things that are from above and not from this earth. Continue reading

Kalie is Wife to her grade school sweetheart + Mama to their two littles. She is currently completing her Bachelor Degree + will graduate this December (by the grace of God). Writing about the truth of Jesus Christ is her happy place, the place where she feels the Lord speaks to her most. Kalie has a little blog of her own that is very dear to her; along with her husband and children + home, this blog is where she feels the Lord has made her ministry in this season. Phil. 1:6
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4 Unexpected Times the Enemy Sneaks into Your Spiritual Life

glassesWhen I first re-dedicated my life to Jesus, I didn’t think much about the topic of spiritual warfare. To be honest, I’m not sure I even knew what it was. “I don’t think that’s applicable to me”, I thought. “I’m saved.”

As a “new” Christian in my early twenties, I was interested in meditation, the power of the mind + visualization, and I was 100% in a relationship with an eating disorder, which I didn’t even realize was sinful, harmful, or detrimental to my health at the time.

I was caught in a web of the enemy’s lies, even though I knew and accepted the truth. Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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The Confidence Game

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So much of life is a confidence game. Creating, loving, learning and giving our best all require us to show up, stand up, speak up, or look up with boldness and belief in our mission. This is one of the reasons why we’re gathering and inspiring this community – to inspire and challenge each other to grow in confidence, both spiritually, and in our business or creative endeavors. Continue reading

Danielle is an author and entrepreneur. She loves afternoon tea, weddings, and finding the perfect gifts for her favourite people. Her mission is to hire and train the unemployed, and to help women joyfully celebrate life. Danielle was a corporate banker for years and has lived and worked in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

You can find more of Danielle’s work at www.definingsomeday.com & www.laceandscone.com

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Humility + Grace: Why it Really Matters

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My hands are not clean of sin, but I wash them with soap & warm water God’s grace and Jesus’ blood; working each day to keep them clean from past sins I’ve committed time and time again. You can too. That is what grace is for, my friends. Continue reading

Kalie is Wife to her grade school sweetheart + Mama to their two littles. She is currently completing her Bachelor Degree + will graduate this December (by the grace of God). Writing about the truth of Jesus Christ is her happy place, the place where she feels the Lord speaks to her most. Kalie has a little blog of her own that is very dear to her; along with her husband and children + home, this blog is where she feels the Lord has made her ministry in this season. Phil. 1:6
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The Choice of Trust

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Part two of a testimony on grace + trust

If you’re just tuning in, catch up on part 1 of the story here.

Hot tears pricked my eyes as I struggled to regain composure. The job that we were so passionately counting on for my husband looked like it may not come through the way we were expecting, and I felt abandoned. I began to speak honestly to God, asking Him why- why this, why now, why did you lead us here, why haven’t you provided yet, asking him how- how will you provide, how will this come about, how will we pay our bills, how will we find a job that is a fit for our new schedule, and asking him when- when will you show us your face again, when will we know, when will we be okay, when will we have answers? Last month I wrote about our testimony over the past 8 months, and the incredible peace that the Lord has provided during this time of unsettled unknowns. And while I meant and still do mean with 100% sincerity every word, I wanted to write a follow up post about the humanness of it all. Continue reading

I’m a 25 year old living out of the abundance of Jesus’ unending grace and mercy. I thrive off of deep vulnerability and connection with others, while striving to live into the call of outpouring encouragement onto others. Often described as feisty, passionate, talkative, and compassionate, I am ENFJ through and through. You’ll most likely find me training for a race, handlettering or painting, whipping up a new healthy and whole recipe in the kitchen, singing worship songs at the top of my lungs in my car, or watching the Office with my husband. What do I love most? Pretty light, hearing people’s stories of redemption, peonies, my husband’s smile, white walls, and the smell of rain.
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When You Thought Summer Vacation Was Supposed to be Relaxing

Summer is meant for relaxing pool days, sleeping later, sipping iced tea and kids away at summer camp. Right?


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This sounds idyllic. It’s the storybook summertime we dream of as kids. The picture-perfect movie-esque summer we long for all school year long. The break we all need. But unfortunately for most of us, this isn’t the case. Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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Hope For a Happy Ending

Happy Ending

I love good stories. Real life stories, imaginary stories, memoirs, children’s fiction, movies, TV shows, a conversation with a friend. Any narrative that relates a person’s journey through obstacles and triumphs, sorrows and joys, until they reach the end, the fulfillment of their destiny. Maybe it doesn’t turn out as suspected, maybe it is exactly as planned, but the common thread that ties all these stories together is the redemption that each character encounters. The hardships seem worth it, the rift is mended, the disappointment is no longer prominent, the ugly is made beautiful. These stories are satisfying to our souls, they lift our spirits upward and remind us of a masterful author, crafting all our stories toward their own delightful end. Continue reading

Greer Oharah is a lover of authentic words and strong coffee. She blogs over at greeroharah.com where she writes on encountering God in the sacredness of daily life. She is a nanny, choral accompanist, and piano teacher. Her home is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where she lives with her gallant, school-teaching husband.
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Why I Owe Our Country an Apology: And You Do, Too

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I have to apologize.

I have to apologize for remaining silent. I have to apologize for retreating and choosing to hide instead of taking a stand and speaking out. I have to apologize for being at a loss for words, and instead of just coming out and saying that, I opted out completely. It’s with a heavy heart that I feel burdened to say something about what’s been happening in our country and our world. I’m sorry for all the lives that have been taken, whether it was at the hands of ISIS or others, they’re all straight up clothed in hate. Whether the victims were black or white or in uniform or gay or straight. I’m sorry for the lives we’ve lost, for the hurt that’s been inflicted, for the pain that is permanent, and for the lack of Jesus in all of it. Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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