Sometimes truth shows up where you least expect it.

We could all use a minute – a minute to put up our feet, a minute to watch another episode or read another chapter, a minute to breathe. And that’s okay. Taking time to rest and enjoy yourself isn’t something to feel guilty about. And the truth is that show or that book might just have something holy to teach us.

I’m Mary, and I’m so glad you’re here. Welcome to a guilt-free corner of the internet where you can kick off your shoes, get comfy, and have a little fun. We’re going to talk about our favorite TV shows and movies, our book boyfriends and secret playlists, and anything else that reminds us about who we are, what’s most important, and even God.

Connecting the dots between everyday life and the Word of God makes my heart beat fast as I am convicted or comforted, encouraged or inspired – and I love nothing more than sharing those connections with friends like you. Plus, sometimes I just love a good list or recipe or movie review. If any of that sounds like your cup of tea (or coffee), stick around. We’re going to have fun!

When You Find Yourself Caught in the Current

It seems I just can’t get a grip on my time, as if it’s water flowing through my fisted fingers. (Insert Days of Our Lives narration here, as we all imagine the sands of time slipping through an hourglass…) But this is nothing new. I commiserate with friends and colleagues about how hard it is to be productive in the summertime, but the spring was no different. It seems like every season gets the best of me, disregarding my plans and my schedules and my goals. I keep waiting for a week when everything is “back to normal,” a span of days where everything goes according to plan and follows my steering instead of pulling me behind as I try to catch up. But this normal week has yet to happen. I press pause for this emergency or that complication, but time and deadlines and intentions keep on flowing right past me.

Why Wonder Woman is the Hero We Need Right Now

We don’t have to talk about current events or politics to find common ground in Wonder Woman. All we have to do is remember that time we were certain our shoulders, our backs, our arms could not hold any more, any longer. We just have to lift our tired eyes to another pair of tired eyes and recognize the battle scars of another soldier fighting a brutal war. We need Wonder Woman because we need to be reminded that we are stronger than we know, that love will save the world. We need Wonder Woman, so we can remember that we are the heroes we need today.

Why Our Road Trips Need Soundtracks

We didn't have much money when I was growing up. Solidly middle class, my parents drove used cars and my brother and I wore jeans from Sears. But travel was important to my parents, so somehow, they managed to take us on a vacation most every year. A few times we flew...

What I’m Into :: May 2017

Well, it's official: I am an old person. I don't say this because my husband turned 40 last year (which means I will hit that milestone next year) or because I graduated from high school 20 years ago. Nope, I'm referring to my inability to restrain myself from...

What I Have in Common with Harry Styles

Call me Taylor Swift if you must, but I'm a little bit obsessed with Harry Styles right now. First of all, if you've been around for a while, you are probably aware that I'm a fan of One Direction. I mean, I'm not a superfan or anything. I don't own all their albums;...

On Guilty Pleasures and Choosing Happiness

A friend’s comment on Facebook, combined with some wisdom in an episode of Hart of Dixie, got me thinking about happiness and success. Why do we let other people decide how we define success or what’s acceptable? It’s time to decide what truly makes us happy – and stop feeling guilty about it.

When You Realize You’re the One Who’s Hard to Love

My husband and I both really like a song from a couple years ago called “Hard to Love.” He likes it because he freely admits that many of the lyrics apply to him, and I like it because I agree. But I have to admit that I’m hard to love at times, too – and loving each other anyway is what God calls us to do.

What to Do When Your Calling Feels Like Too Much

Our callings give our lives a beautiful purpose, but sometimes they push us past our limits. That’s when we feel like Moana, screaming into the void, “Why did you bring me here? I’m not the right person. You have to choose someone else. Choose someone else. Please.” What do we do then?

It's a lifestyle. It's a devotional!

Gilmore Girls was a TV show known (and loved) for its fast-talking, pop culture-referencing, coffee-chugging characters, but it was also a show devoted to love of family and community. These themes – as well as topics like forgiveness, kindness, and gratitude – partner well with lessons from the Bible.

Christians who loved this show will be encouraged and inspired to follow this “season” of daily devotions, reminiscing about their favorite Gilmore Girls scenes and perhaps seeing them from a whole new perspective.

When life makes you say, “Oy with the poodles already!” grab your mug of coffee and settle in for a conversation that will warm your heart and feed your soul.

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