Author: Kristen Mudrack

Opposites Attract

My husband and I are complete opposites.  When we took the Myers-Briggs personality test as part of our pre-marital counseling, we were nearly 100 points apart on some categories.  If you wanted to see two opposite people get married, we’re it.  We didn’t look at these differences as bad things, though.  We saw them as the complement to our own inadequacies. I’m a rather introverted person and would prefer my day to be neatly scheduled out, while my husband would rather fly by the seat of his pants and can talk to anyone, anytime.  He has pulled me out of...

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Relationships Are Messy

Relationships – friendships, marriages, siblings – are hard.  And we women have the tendency to make them even harder. As women, we tend to be compare ourselves to others constantly – whether it’s that our body isn’t as good as hers, or that our job isn’t as glamorous as hers, or that we aren’t as good of a mother as her, or that we don’t have as clean of a house as her…. the list could go on for hours.  By comparing ourselves to others, we are robbing ourselves of our own calling, and we’re making everything harder for...

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Holidays

If you’re anything like me, the holidays bring with them some pretty serious busyness.  But then again, I’m a college professor, and the most stressful time of the semester is nestled right in between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Whose bright idea was that?? Regardless of the busyness at work, though, my guess is that the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is also busy for you too.  The malls are packed, the traffic is terrible, your mom keeps bugging you about what you want for Christmas, and you’re really not looking forward to spending Christmas Eve with your strange Aunt Winifred....

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Hope Is Hard

Of all of the things that God asks of us – faith, prayer, loving our enemies, community, following his will – I think hope can be the hardest. Hope is the hardest in the midst of suffering.   Hope is the hardest when everything around you is dark. Hope is the hardest when there is nothing – and I mean nothing – that you can do. I had a a group of incredible women back in Michigan who were my best friends.  I could be myself with them and they could call me out on my sin, and I theirs,...

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We Have This Hope As An Anchor

You can’t turn on the news or open up a browser on the Internet without seeing the tragedies that are occurring all around us.  From hurricanes and fires to mass shootings, our news is saturated with all of the bad things that our world faces. Maybe you were personally affected by these tragedies. Maybe you were affected by a tragedy that didn’t make the news. Maybe you heard about these tragedies on the morning news or watched them unfold in the updates online. But whatever way you slice it, so many in our world are hurting.  Without hope.  Stranded. ...

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