So, love.

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One question I find myself asking is, “What is the truest form of love?”

Is it involuntary like a heartbeat? Like a mother’s love for her child.

Or deliberate and purposeful? Like Hosea’s pursuit of Gomer?

Is it easy and natural or complex and difficult?

Did Christ go to the cross because He chose to love us? Or because He is love?

I wonder if humans are even capable of real love.

Or has the concept been so soiled with self-gratification and commercialism that we wouldn’t- or couldn’t- recognize it, even if it was hand-delivered to our doorstep.

*Rae

5 Must-Have Apps for Bloggers

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Since I published 7 Tips for Christian Bloggers, people ask what apps and tools I use. So allow me to share a few of my secret blogging weapons.

Disclosure: I am not a paid endorser. I’m not that special 😥 All the apps referenced here are ones I use just cuz I like ’em.

  1. Snapseed: Google’s awesome free photo editor. Since I am a Google kind of gal, I like using apps developed by Google because they work seamlessly with Android devices. This is the app I use to combine images with quotes and Bible verses.
  2. Pixabay: This app provides users access to over a million high quality images that fall under the Creative Commons CC0 license. The CC0 license is the most liberal licensing available for content use.
  3. Merriam-Webster Dictionary: I don’t always pay for my apps, but when I do… they’re Merriam-Webster dictionaries. As a blogger, the only thing more important than ideas and pretty pictures is words. Right? I love this app so much. It also has a built-in thesaurus.
  4. Webster 1828 Dictionary: If you’re into theology, particularly of the Christian kind, an 1828 dictionary is a must. It’s a great reference for understanding language used in early American literature. Those old sermons, for example.
  5. Pinterest: It’s Pinterest. ‘Nuff said. Plus there are tons of great Bible study tips and ideas on here. It’s where I go for pinspiration. 🙂

I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours. In the comment section, share what apps are invaluable to your blogging process.

*Rae

#SingleParentLife

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Being a single mother and co-parenting with your child’s father presents its own unique set of challenges. Single parents have to consider things coupled parents do not. Like, “Which parent will my child spend Christmas with?” Or, “Can I increase child support due to inflation?” But nothing prepared me for what happened the other day…

So my daughter’s father lives a few hours away. When he wants to spend time with her, he drives to my house to pick her up. My daughter is a clever piece of pie. She knows that when the doorbell rings, it’s time to visit Daddy.

Baby Daddy had just dropped my daughter off with me and would be picking her up the next week. She and I were watching TV together that evening. It was getting close to dinner time, so I went into the kitchen to get my baby and I something to eat.

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Loving Less and Loving It

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On some real:

I love practicing minimalism! A complete 180 from the materialistic start of my college career. Remember all those strapless sin suits I trashed/donated? They were 100% funded by poor decision-making. Now I’m going in the opposite direction: actively accumulating less. That’s the basic concept of minimalism.

So with the definition of actively accumulating less, minimalism can be applied in all areas of life. But for me, it started in the home because I felt smothered by all the “stuff” we had acquired. Impulsive purchases, useless trinkets, sentimental guilt trash (the stuff we would throw away if we didn’t feel sentimental guilt about doing so.)

Anyway.

I raided the house looking for any excuse to remove something from my home. It was an extensive process and took some time. But every discarded/donated item was like a weight lifting off me. Big items. Small items. Being able to rationalize why I didn’t need an item instead of rationalizing why I did, gave me freedom I never experienced before.

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It’s Not a Choice.

I typically avoid hot-button issues, mainly because I believe it’s an elaborate ploy by the devil to divide Christ’s people, but there’s one subject I am passionate about.

Now I know what it says in the Bible, but I know for a fact that some preferences in life are established at birth. My daughter, approximately 2, has demonstrated certain predispositions.

What I’m about to disclose may offend a few (or more) of my readers. But I’m willing to risk that…

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2 Ps of Parenting

There are two schools of thought when it comes to motherhood. We can choose to either be the b*tch or the best friend. I aim to be an appropriate combination of the two. I want to be firm, but fair- and a little fun. Like Albus Dumbledore. Unfortunately, I’m more McGonagall.

This gets magnified when my baby and I are around her grandparents or great grandparents.

So me and my daughter’s family were all at a restaurant last night.

Me, being firm but fair and a little fun: Here’s the kid’s menu and two crayons. Want to color Mommy a picture? 😀

My Daughter: Yeah! *Colors*

Then she drops one of the two crayons. Me, not wanting to deny my belly fruit the luxury of two crayons, bends over and picks up the crayon and hands it to her.

Me: Here you go, you cute little piece of pie. 🙂

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