Stop Saying You’re Sorry: Living in True Gospel Community

Living in true gospel community means letting others accept your good, bad, and ugly

By contributing writer Ami: “Stop saying you’re sorry. You say it all the time.” “I do? Oh, I’m sorry.” Their looks said it all. Then we dissolved into laughter. “Seriously though, you don’t need to say you’re sorry; you’ve done nothing wrong. And you say it a lot when you talk about Jon.” She was right. I thought I talked about him too much. Perhaps my friends were tired of hearing the Continue Reading

Friday Night Meatballs: The Simplicity and Beauty of Sharing a Meal with Friends

The Simplicity and Beauty of Sharing a Meal With Friends {Friday Night Meatballs} - Intentional By Grace

It's Friday morning and I'm gathering ingredients to make spaghetti sauce. I chop onions, mince garlic, and add them to the large pot simmering on my stove. I saute and chop some more. The celery and parsley go in and the aroma fills the entire house. Soon the crock pot will be simmering with beautiful red sauce and the meat will be formed into perfectly, imperfect balls. I take my boys to the Continue Reading

How to Help a Grieving Friend {The Not So Helpful & the Helpful}

How to Help a Grieving Friend {The Helpful & the Not So Helpful} |

Guest post by, Ami Sometimes I think tragedy is the catalyst that compels Christians to function as Jesus intended, that is, one body integrally entwined with petty differences cast aside. When the bottom falls out, believers realize a startling truth— we desperately need each other. It’s a paradox. Pain and sorrow can create a church that radiates Jesus’ stunning beauty. I’ve experienced Continue Reading

9 Ways to Show Hospitality {When Hospitality is Hard}

9 Ways to Show Hospitality {When Hospitality is Hard} | Do you struggle to show hospitality as a family? Try these ideas for serving others. |

By contributing writer, Amy When I think of hospitality, I picture our dining room table packed with extra chairs, extra people, and extra-good food. I imagine kids running circles around the house while grown-ups drink coffee and laugh over funny stories. The thought makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But sometimes, that kind of hospitality doesn't come quite as easily as the picture Continue Reading

How to Host an Ice Cream Social this Summer

How to host an ice cream social in your neighborhood. |

Summer is wrought with possibilities for getting to know your neighbors, hanging out with friends, and enjoying tasty summer treats! My favorite summer activity involves all three - old friends, new friends, and really yummy food. This summer we plan to host a neighborhood ice cream social! It's an easy, low-key way of showing hospitality to others; plus, it's a hit with adults, kids, and Continue Reading