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Called to Trust: A Thrive Conference Story

Called to Trust: A Thrive Conference Story

Have you attended the Thrive Conference? Every year, we're amazed at the way it works in the lives of women who join us. Today’s story is courtesy of Molly, who writes about her experience at Thrive in 2015. Want to join in on the fun? This year's theme is Adamant...

Why I Won’t Miss the Thrive Conference

Why I Won’t Miss the Thrive Conference

Choose joy! These two words were part of the theme for the first Bridging the Gap women’s conference I attended several years ago, and became an impactful part of my life afterward that I still remember today. Since then, I have attended numerous spring conferences...

Know Thy Parenting Limits

Know Thy Parenting Limits

Sometimes parents know how to respect their parental limits, and sometimes they don't. Sometimes they make smart choices...and sometimes they find themselves at the Mall of America the day after Black Friday...with all three children! (You guys, what was I thinking?!)...

Beauty in the Fog

Beauty in the Fog

Do you ever feel as though thinking about your future is like looking through a dense fog? You can't see very far ahead. Maybe one step ahead, if that. I've been feeling like that lately—not sure what's next, how things are going to work out, or if they even will. A...

Just a Mom

Just a Mom

There was once a time when I thought I would one day change the world by becoming Mother Theresa or someone similar (minus the nun part. I always liked boys too much for that "habit"—ha!). I thought maybe I would solve the world's hunger crisis or write a best-selling...

Just in Time

Just in Time

All day long, I had been blinking back tears as I thought about Bob and how much I missed him. It had been more than six months since he passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease, but some days the melancholy thoughts and songs just wouldn’t leave my mind....

Precious in His Sight

Precious in His Sight

When we flipped the calendar to March this year, we also flipped to a new chapter in our lives. Our children are now 13 and 11, and with the passing of my 40th birthday last fall, I no longer consider myself a “young mom.” Those early years of motherhood are hard,...

When Cookies Demonstrate Forgiveness

When Cookies Demonstrate Forgiveness

Beloved, I’m a strange creature by nature. My body likes to be awake during daylight, but my brain is a stubborn night owl. The darkest hours are when my mind is most active, weaving stories from shadows. Sometimes I give in to the creativity because I frustrate...

Interview with a Volunteer

Interview with a Volunteer

The Single Moms Retreat is one of the highlights of the year at Bridging the Gap. Single moms from all over Minnesota gather to be nourished spiritually and physically. From amazing worship and speakers to the Diva Boutique and the Spa, these hard-working mommas leave...

Rest is a Weapon

Rest is a Weapon

Recently my kindergartner was reading a book to me and sped through a sentence so fast she might as well have been reading in another language. She exhaled after she did this, though, and quietly said, "Just slow down ... slow down," and then read the sentence again...

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