Rocky Soil Overcome by The Rock

Spiritual Growth

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

Worship

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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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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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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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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Restoration Through Rest

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We are your typical church-going family. If it’s Sunday and we are home, it’s not a conversation of “what should we do today?”  We go to church. It’s not a legalistic thing, or an obligation, or an attempt to try to tip the scales in our favor because we’ve been SO  sinful in the past weeks (that was actually my motivation for going to church for the entirety of my early 20s), no, we go because we love it.

Worship in singing with hundreds of other people who love Jesus is powerful; hearing a message that calls you out of your slumber, calls you up to who you really are, reminds you of the God who is bigger than your life, your sin, your trial; I need to be a part of that every week. 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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Devotions That Last All Day

Bible Devotions

If there’s one part of the Christian life that comes easy to me it is doing my devotions. Even as I type it out I can see the Christian-ese dripping from that phrase – doing devotions. As if highlighting Bible verses, jotting down prayer requests, and reading through the latest Christian best-seller for thirty minutes each morning could possibly summate the act of devoting yourself to anything. But you know what I mean. And whatever you call it – quiet time, spiritual contemplation, meditation – I like it. I love reading, I love sitting still, I love pretty pens and notebooks, I love Jesus. And coffee is usually involved. So far I’ve got this devotion thing down.

And then the day happens. I have to get up from my corner on the couch and I go on with my life. I close the Bible, I snap lids on the pens, I say amen and I go forward. 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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Humility + Grace: Why it Really Matters

bind my wandering heart to thee

Humility


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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Prone to Worship

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I desire to be a woman that is prone to worship rather than to wander. The Lord, rich in mercy and grace, lavishes immoveable and unchanging love upon me… Yet, even with His goodness and my individual daily pursuit of worship, the uncanny insight into my heart condition is evidence that our desires often go unmet. Continue reading

I am a twenty-year-old who is living in His overflow of mercy and grace. I am enthralled by people and adventures. I have a soft spot for breakfast cafes, handwritten letters, vinyl and macaroons. Whimsy and wonder are two themes interwoven throughout my daily life and I approach each new day with a sense of giddiness, fully aware that the Lord is going to show up in big and evident ways. Spontaneously jumping in a car for a road trip, purchasing concert tickets one night in advance or waking up at the break of dawn to go hiking before class are things I am quite notorious for. My dream job? To be a story-teller. To share stories of redemption and to advance the Gospel and further His Kingdom through beautiful arrays of anointed words.
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