Shabby Chic Ministries with Homestead: Music Video

Shabby Chic Ministries with Homestead: Music Video

Women harbor the power to tear down or build up. The world tells us that we are powerful to the degree we can distract men, but the Truth is that a) the grass is not always greener and b) you are more powerful to the degree that you choose to wield your femininity to help others…men, kids, friends, boyfriends, co-workers and husbands … toward obedience. There are always consequences to tearing down or hindering others, but if we...

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Welcome to the Table: Making Space for the Master or the Maid

Welcome to the Table: Making Space for the Master or the Maid

I loved living in the States; however, when my husband and I felt the Lord leading us to return to India, I began looking forward to running medical clinics, evangelism outreaches, and continuing to raise my three children.  And, not gonna lie–I also looked forward to hiring a maid. Whether you high-five your maid or raise a disdained eyebrow at the notion, this type of service is common in India and is thread throughout the biblical...

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When Rewrites Go Wrong: The problem with editing out the letdowns in life

When Rewrites Go Wrong: The problem with editing out the letdowns in life

When I was just out of college, I housesat for an actress in Los Angeles. One afternoon, her dog ransacked the bedroom and shredded up whatever he could get his teeth on: blankets, books, and to my horror, an audition script for a TV show. I was young, not yet a Christian, and too embarrassed by the incident to say anything about it. I replaced the blankets and books, but had no clue how to find a replacement script. I pieced together what I...

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The Grass is (not always) Greener

The Grass is (not always) Greener

A message from Angel Angell: I’m a dreamer, a visionary or maybe I just get bored easily. I like adventure, mission, and knowing that what I’m doing is making a difference, and I especially love when I get praised for my hard work. I also adore my kids, but the thing about my children is they rarely offer much positive feedback. I have yet to get a thank you card in the mail from any of them. When I’m changing a diaper in a sleep-deprived state...

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Holding out for his Hero

Holding out for his Hero

It was September 11, 2010 when Melinda realized a twin engine plane had flown straight into the heart of her family. She was pumping gas when her daughter called notably upset, asking her to come home. Melinda’s son needed some files from his dad’s computer and while searching for the documents, the son found disturbing websites and images. Distraught, he confided in his sister, and they decided they had to tell their mom. Melinda pulled into...

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What’s the shortest distance between loneliness and lust?

Imagine you’re married to a really important man—so very important that he seems too busy for you. (Because someone must be crazy busy in order to feel important, right?) Well, whether he’s actually important or just really “busy,” you still feel a void. Lonely. Looking. And then—in walks some smok’n hot man who is now paid to be your personal housekeeper. He packs a broom, biceps, and a daily question: “Hey, can I help you around the house or...

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Feeding Foxes?

When my husband and I moved homes, we found a darling cat purring at our backyard. The prior owner must have been setting out milk. Although we are both dog people, I said, “Ahh, he’s so adorable. I bet he’s thirsty? Let’s put out a bowl of milk!” Surprisingly, Ryan said, “No, don’t ever give him any milk.” Why? I felt so bad, like I would be solely responsible for starving this cat, if I denied...

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