Bloom Where You’re Planted

Qui transtulit sustinet. (He who transplanted still sustains.) -Connecticut State Motto Are you ready for an exercise in imagination? Picture a particular flower. (Mine's a peach ranunculus.) Come on, it'll be fun. Mentally plant your flower on a plain, grassy hill. Now picture a copy of that flower, but place it in the middle of... Continue Reading →

A Prayer for Planting Wives

O God of such great grace that chased this planting wife down when she was far from You, You've called her into Your kingdom and out to Your mission, knowing every bump in her road intimately, never asking her to walk alone. You are the Hero of all her stories, the Builder of Your Church,... Continue Reading →

The Pastor’s Pastor

(This post was originally published on the LifeWay Pastors' blog on July 18, 2018. You can find it here.) The days leading up to our church planting journey are a golden haze in my memory. As soon as we experienced the first missional pull six years ago, my husband and I consumed absurd quantities of... Continue Reading →

The Well-Tended Garden

Self-care has been weighing on my mind like a quick-ripening fruit recently. John Ortberg's Soul Keeping and The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner sit dog-eared nearby. Small pockets of peace wait around my home—a facial mask, some doodling pens, the Bible study I'm loving entirely too much to not be considered a nerd. Bits of... Continue Reading →

Dream Team 201

Watch National Geographic for any decent amount of time, and you'll discover a kingdom truth: isolation kills. The zebra that strikes out on his own is easy pickin's for that cheetah. And a planting wife with no support network is a prime target for the enemy of her soul. Solomon understood that there's strength in... Continue Reading →

Dream Team 101

(Announcer's voice:) "She pitches the ball to herself! She hits it and runs the bases! She catches the ball and throws it! She chases herself! She's OUT!" How weird would it be to go to a ball field and see a one-woman show? Nobody expects that. We all know that when we show up, there... Continue Reading →

A Life of Ambiguity

"Morning, everyone! It's nice to see so many of you interested in this class. Don't worry—orientation will be quick. There's no syllabus. Show up as often as you feel like this semester. We'll have an exam at some point that will involve a lot of material we may or may not have covered. I'm not... Continue Reading →

Planter’s Wife Life Hacks

If you could time-warp back to middle school and give your younger self some hard-earned wisdom, what would you say? How about high school? College? Your first year of marriage? We all live and learn, usually the hard way. In honor of Pastor's Wife Appreciation Month, and because I have a particular heart for planters'... Continue Reading →

Heart for Her

March is Pastor's Wife Appreciation Month. Well, it was a couple of years ago, but I guess the hype wore down, the sexy wore off, and the champions wore out. Now it's just a sad trail of broken links. Be that as it may, few groups out there are as missionally essential and as massively... Continue Reading →


Hey, church planter's wife, with a load of laundry going in the basement and a tiny but real church in your living room—I see you. You with the little ones who are trying to figure out whether they're going to school or church today as you pull into the elementary parking lot to set up... Continue Reading →

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