Costly Criticism

Costly Criticism

For the past 10 years, our family’s striving and vision has been for an open-home policy. It’s not for everyone, but it works for us (at least for the time being). We encourage the kids to bring their friends home, and we thrive when people know they can just show up at our door without calling beforehand. I know it sounds like a nightmare for some of you! But, it’s the kind of house I always dreamed of having.

Kara’s Collection: Abundant Living

Kara’s Collection: Abundant Living

from an article originally posted May 30, 2014...

Oh my soul, life has been lived at such a lovely fast pace since school has been out. We have played, run away to the mountains, enjoyed the company of mamas and friends, and had the pleasure of having our favorite Nanny Mickey with us for a week. I was reintroduced to my favorite concert venue. Oh my soul, I would watch ANYTHING at Red Rocks Amphitheater. It’s just a stunning display of the best our state has to offer.

I want to spend it all this summer, every single ounce of energy and love I’m given. I want to fall into bed happily exhausted from the day of play and living near to Jesus and living from the overflow of that love onto the lives of those around me.

Wednesday Bookclub: Befriend, Chapters 6 & 7

Wednesday Bookclub: Befriend, Chapters 6 & 7

Chapter 6, Befriend the Shamed and Ashamed, might go down as being my favorite chapter in the book. Of course, I love talking about shame, so I love how Sauls unpacks it for the purpose of creating belonging. He reminds us that everyone is susceptible to being shamed and feeling those feelings of rejection and being unacceptable. He talks about how we like to shame others or enjoy the shame of others because it makes us feel better about our own shameful states.

A message for those on the fringes...

A message for those on the fringes...

Do you ever feel like you don’t fit in? That because of who you are or what your past is or what you look like or whatever is going on in your heart or how you are struggling or how you voted or where you live or what your socioeconomic situation is or how you think life through or how different you are that you don’t belong? If so, please listen to this message. Given last month by Westside’s godly, thoughtful assistant pastor. Listen and be blessed.

Kara’s Collection: Letter to Graduates

Kara’s Collection: Letter to Graduates

from an article originally posted May 25, 2014...

Friday night I had the great privilege of speaking to the graduating class of 2014 from Evangelical Christian Academy. They had a lovely service that honored the accomplishments of the students as well as the families that supported the students throughout their education.

As I was sitting in the audience waiting to speak, I felt like I was on a roller coaster of nervous emotions. I hate feeling nervous. Hate it! It feels out of control, and no matter of trying to calm myself down helped. But I had prepared and prepared, and once I walked on stage I calmed down, and once I started, I really enjoyed myself.