Author: Kristen Mudrack

Studying Scripture

It’s no secret that, as Christians, we’re supposed to read the Bible – to learn more about the character of God, the will of God, and to be more like Him, to bring His kingdom come in this world.  Have a ‘quiet time’ and pray.  But doing that can be So.  Stinkin’.  Hard. If your life is anything like mine, from the time the alarm goes off (whether that’s a kid, a rooster, or your phone), to the time your head hits the pillow at night, your day is jam packed.  Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom, a mom with a...

Read More

I’m Not A Mom

If you look at the pictures that are on my walls at my office or in my living room, you’ll see kids.  Lots of them.  I’ve always been drawn to kids – their laughter and care-free attitudes are contagious.  They remind me to let go of some of the more petty things I’ve been holding on to, and just have fun.  They show me what child-like faith really looks like. And yet, none of the kids whose pictures you see on my walls are mine.  I’m not a mom. I’m the “adopted aunt” to many, and the “babysitter” to...

Read More

Mother’s Day Month

You’ve probably heard the phrase “April showers bring May flowers.”  The other thing that May brings is the celebration of Mother’s Day. For some people, Mother’s Day is a joyful celebration of getting pasta necklaces and handprint flowers from their children.  It’s a day when Dad makes breakfast and Mom might even get to take a nap.  The kids are on their best behavior, for once in their lives. For others, Mother’s Day is mixed with the grief of their own mother’s passing.  They don’t have a mother to call on that special day anymore, and that brings a...

Read More

Indescribable Peace

Quiet, except for the chirping of birds and patter of the squirrels. Calm, a light wind blowing through the trees. Peaceful, a stillness settling over me. On top of the mountain, looking out as far as I could see, I was overcome with a sense of peace. It wasn’t that things were perfect – there were rain clouds hovering in the distance. It wasn’t that all of my problems were fixed – not at all. It wasn’t that things were all in their place – they weren’t. It wasn’t that the world had stopped fighting – there was still...

Read More

Waiting For The Resurrection

We’re in that period of time right now – Lent, where we spend time preparing for Easter.  In the church calendar, Lent is a time of preparing, a time of waiting, a time of purpose. The days leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross were full of passion and teaching and sacrifice.  His years on Earth were full of the same as the days leading up to his death.  His purpose never faltered, even in the face of an horrific death on the cross. Our preparation for Easter is different.  We know what comes on the other side...

Read More