Pumpkin at four days old. Read our birth story.

New Beginnings: Our Birth Story, Baby #3

Reading Time: 4 minutes Our third son, whom we are calling Pumpkin here on the blog, was born a little over a month ago on June 10, 2019 at 11:46pm. He was 6 lbs 15 oz and 19 1/4 inches long with a shocking amount of reddish hair. Our largest baby yet! For those interested, this is our birth

Jacquelyn Van Sant. April 11, 2019

Baby #3: Week 30 Pregnancy Update

Reading Time: 4 minutes How far along? 30 weeks… Basically, two months to go! How is baby developing? According to the growth estimates, the average 30-week baby is about 15-16 inches long and about 2.5-3 pounds. Unlike with our second pregnancy, we are fairly confident that the due date and, therefore, the baby’s age is accurate this time around.

His Encouragement for Your Thursday: Like a tree planted by the water

His Encouragement: Like a tree planted by water

Reading Time: 3 minutes Friend, whatever you are going through today, take hold of this promise. If you trust in the Lord, you will be like a tree planted by water who has no fear when heat or drought comes. If you trust in the Lord, you will not fear the storms and trials of life, for you will be rooted firmly in the One who created life!

His Encouragement for Your Thursday: Remain steadfast under trials

His Encouragement: Remain steadfast under trial

Reading Time: 3 minutes We should never fear to take our petitions and needs to God because He loves us and is filled with grace and mercy towards us. When we need help — no matter how big or small it may seem in our eyes — we have the privilege to be able to take it to the Lord in prayer. So when you are facing a great challenge or stuck in the middle of a trial, go boldly to the throne of the Almighty for help.

Woman gazing at a sign that reads 'Jesus Saves'.

His Encouragement: With man it is impossible, but not with God

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today we’re taking a close look at Mark 10. Don’t be like the wealthy young man. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. If you are struggling with a bad habit or a secret sin, take it to the Lord in prayer. Lay whatever your burden is down at His feet. Let go of the need to control and trust the Lord to handle it. Have faith!

5 ways to build your savings after an emergency.

5 ways to re-build your emergency fund

Reading Time: 7 minutes An emergency fund. Everyone should have one. Financial experts recommend that an emergency fund should cover at least three months of your normal expenses. In today’s economy when the majority of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck and strapped with debt, building an emergency fund takes time and self-discipline. It isn’t easy and sometimes takes sacrifice. Once you do have an emergency fund in place — no matter how big or small — there is a sense of accomplishment and rightly so!

But what happens if you need to use the emergency fund? Let’s say you have emergency expenses: major home or vehicle repair, a medical emergency, a speeding ticket, an unexpected bill, whatever it may be. Emergency funds exist for this exact reason! Once you use your fund, you will need to rebuild it. Don’t be discouraged, though. Here are 5 ways to rebuild your savings after an emergency.

His Encouragement: Commit to the Lord whatever you do

Reading Time: 3 minutes So if you are currently struggling, as I am, with sudden and unexpected changes to your carefully laid plans, perhaps we need to ask ourselves: “Did I seek the Lord’s counsel? Have I earnestly prayed about it? Am I willing to set aside my own plans and allow the Lord to lead, even when I cannot see where He is leading me?”

Hospitality: Adjusting our attitude

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today we are going to delve a little deeper into the concept of hospitality and, specifically, adjusting our attitude. Even if you are not an outgoing person, the mere idea of hosting makes you nervous, or you are fairly certain that hospitality is not one of your spiritual gifts, you can still nurture the spirit of hospitality in your heart and home.

His Encouragement: Children of God

Reading Time: 3 minutes So, beloved friend, not only is it important for us to know how much the Lord loves us as individuals, but we need to share this amazing love with everyone we meet. I challenge you with a love challenge! Today is the perfect day to do this two-part challenge…

His Encouragement: Cleansed their hearts

Reading Time: 4 minutes We are human and part of being human is making mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are huge… so big that they seem to overwhelm everything in our lives — including hope in forgiveness. Perhaps you have said or thought to yourself: “Lord, I want to give my heart to You and become Your child, but I am so dirty, so unclean, so messed up, so broken, so sinful, so [insert reason here]. You would never want me!”

But you know something absolutely amazing? There is no one so broken or messed up that God would not accept and forgive them.