It’s summer’s end—or at least nearly so. On the one hand I’m ready for the seasons to change. Hot summer days will soon fade into crisp autumn afternoons and the fresh scent of pink lemonade and popsicles will melt into the cozy aroma of apple pie and new school supplies. But there’s another part of…

This summer I had the opportunity to spend time on five college campuses throughout the country. Some were large campuses, some were small; some were new and some were old. Each had its own unique “vibe” and features. I even visited the oldest college building in the United States at the University of William and…

As a songwriter, I always appreciate a carefully-crafted phrase.  Whether in a radio song, or a poem, or even Instagram sometimes, I marvel at the way some talented and creative minds are able to put words together in just the right way to express a complicated thought.  I am inspired to reach a little deeper…

Story. I’ve encountered the idea of story in lots of places lately. The stories we tell with our lives. How to live a better story (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story, by Donald Miller). How to participate in God’s story. How our stories connect with those…

Sometimes someone speaks so beautifully to your heart you don’t ever forget their words.   School here in Arizona starts early.  I suppose there are pros and cons to both starting or delaying the inevitable.  I love summer; the freedom to live a little loose from the daily routine and let my children run free…

We asked Multiply Goodness author Catherine Arveseth if we could share this beautiful tribute she wrote for her grandmother last month. We think her grandmother Dorothy exemplifies exactly what it means to multiply goodness, and we’ve been thinking about it ever since we read it. We hope you learn as much as we did and…

This summer we rode the steepest four-person gondola in North America. That little white box of a tram climbed 4,000 ft. in about 15-minutes. While parading upward, we gained an amazing, elevated view of Oregon’s Wallowa Lake and the patchwork of farmlands below. At the tippy top (about 8,150 ft. in elevation), the air thinned…

THE PUSH by Shelby Ballif We were driving the familiar roads through our childhood city, heading home after work for a family party. Conversation was easy after a long work day, and we were just on the homestretch, we saw something that took our breath away. There was one of those, blind-you-with-beauty sunsets going down,…

One of my most poignant childhood memories was talking late into the night with my mother one evening, sharing with her my sincere desire to feel our Savior’s love at one of the loneliest points of my life. “I’m just so homesick for heaven,” I told her quite emotionally, as if it were possible for…

We’ve talked about this before… My Bible group. It might be one of the greatest blessings I have experienced over the past two years. People often ask me what it is I love so much about it. I don’t know if I even have the words to explain, because it’s about more than just opening…

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