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Is Your Church Single-Mom Friendly?

By Sandra |

According to a Pew Research study on motherhood in America, 41% of babies born in 2008 were to single mothers (up from 28% in 1990). How is the church, and specifically those of us who minister to women, going to help these moms?  First, we need to realize single moms are a growing demographic. Even if you … Read more

What I Really Need This Lenten Season: Depending on Jesus

By Sandra |

It’s hard for me to remember life before Jesus. I remember turning to Him at a young age. I remember trusting in Him to forgive my sins, to keep me from dating the wrong boys, and to help me make major life decisions. But now that I’m in a fairly uneventful day-to-day routine, sometimes I … Read more

After Ten Years Together

By Sandra |

Ten years ago my husband asked me to marry him. He got down on one knee with my middle school students looking out the windows of our classroom. He had his basketball team holding signs that spelled out, “Will U Marry Me?” He got down on one knee, and . . .  honestly, everything after … Read more

Around the World Giveaway

By Sandra |

February is the month for love! To celebrate, we’re spreading some love around the world with a giveaway for you! “Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 You could win: Love Mercy Farmhouse Charcoal Tote from Mercy House Kenya Copy of the book, Operation World (it’s how we start each day) … Read more

Status Update: February

By Sandra |

Some of my favorite bloggers do status updates each month so we can get a glimpse into their day-to-day lives. I hope to add to the fun each month with my own updates. Here’s what’s happening around here as we kick-off February: Praising God January is over, and hoping not to repeat the doctor and ER visits … Read more

Making It Home, When It Really Isn’t “Home”

By Sandra |

We recently went to Chick fil A for dinner. When we walked in, a couple I didn’t know walked up to my husband, calling him Pastor Lee. They asked about how I was feeling, if I had passed my kidney stone, and how our adoption process was going. Honestly, I was still waiting for, “Hi, … Read more

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

By Sandra |

One of the goals of Impact it to raise your awareness of the callings God has placed on others, and connect you with them to make a greater impact. Each month I’ll be doing this by highlighting a ministry opportunity. January is human trafficking awareness month and the perfect time to help shine some light on ministries … Read more

How We Start Each Day: Praying for the World

By Sandra |

Lee and I are trying to give our boys a big world view. We want them to love and reach the nations. We’re even okay with them growing up to be  missionaries. That’s why we start each day by praying through Operation World. Operation World gives facts about each country in the world and lists prayer requests for … Read more

My One Verse for 2013

By Sandra |

This year, instead of picking one word, I’m picking one verse. In 2009 it was grace. In 2010 it was self-control. In 2011 it was humility. In 2012 it was joy. This year, instead of picking just one word, I’m picking one verse. One verse that will guide me in making decisions. One verse that will … Read more

Welcome to Impact

By Sandra |

 I want to make an impact in 2013. I want to make a difference in my family, church, community, and world. And I want you to join me. Impact’s purpose is to help you discover the mission God put on your heart, and connect you with organizations and people who share your mission. We’ll talk … Read more

Defining Friendship

By Sandra |

It’s funny how “friend” can have a different definition in different stages of life. Early on, everyone in your class at school was your friend. As you got older, you narrowed your friend list. Friends were the ones you always played with at recess and always wanted to sit by at lunch. Then, as you transitioned … Read more

Raising Missionaries

By Sandra |

When my husband and I were in seminary, we had a little joke to be able to tell the missionaries from the rest of us. Missionaries were the ones who wore flip flops in January. They spent more time outside in the grass than in the library. You could go to their houses and probably … Read more