July 21, 2014 by Stacy McDonald

Breastfeeding in Public


I breastfed my babies for nearly 200 months collectively. I frequently nursed in public areas (restaurants, stores, homes, parks etc), and was NEVER asked to stop by anyone. As far as I know, no one was ever offended – likely because no one could even tell what I was doing (and it wasn’t even always due to a blanket).

If I couldn’t manage to be discreet (curious toddler stage, clothing challenges etc.), …

June 12, 2014 by Stacy McDonald

Five random things friends may or may not know about me…

1. I am an introvert.

It surprised me too. I thought that because I had been a chatterbox since grade school this meant I was an extrovert. I will talk your ear off once we get settled into conversation, but in a large group setting, I may feel intimidated by forced chit chat.

I prefer a quiet room with a few friends to a room full of celebration and noise. The noise, stimulation, …

June 7, 2014 by Stacy McDonald

At Least I’m Not Like Them…


“With the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Ouch! We can usually dish it out, but we can’t take it!

Lord, help me to be more merciful to those who have offended me! I may not have sinned in the same way she did (James 2:11–13), but I have certainly sinned in other ways – ways that, to some, would seem equally or even more …

May 5, 2014 by Stacy McDonald

A Grandparent’s Duty and Prayer

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” Proverbs 17:6

I often hear from Christian parents who are frustrated with the negative influence grandparents or other extended family members have on their children. Typically it has to do with the undermining of authority or a subtle disrespect for the family standards or boundaries. This is sad for a number of reasons.

While most grandparents probably think …

May 2, 2014 by Stacy McDonald

Blasphemed or Hallowed be His Name?


Proverbs confirms for us that a good reputation is something to be treasured (Proverbs 22:1). However, sometimes we place more value on our own reputation (which is often a façade) than we do on the reputation of our God. We care more about how we look to others than we do on how well we represent our Lord.

By living a life sorely inconsistent with our testimony, we allow God’s name to …

April 23, 2014 by Stacy McDonald

The “P” Word


I have so often thought to myself, “I don’t think that word means what you think it means. ” And I’m referring to critics and proponents of patriarchy alike. While I have indeed met people who have twisted and used the term as a cloak for tyranny and abuse, patriarchy, rightly defined, is in fact a biblical principle. My husband explains it well in the following article written for …

April 19, 2014 by Stacy McDonald

Something to think about…

What exactly is it that causes that perverse glee to spring up in the heart of man when he sees another person fail? It’s evident on the front of every tabloid. We love to see someone else fatter than us, dumber than us, or seemingly more wicked than us.

We compare our strengths to someone else’s weaknesses and we pat our back pockets…the one containing those stones.

Sadly, the same thing happens in the church—especially if there is already angst against …

February 3, 2014 by Stacy McDonald

Awakening Love with Essential Oils



WARNING: The intended audience for this post is married women. While I have attempted to present the topic of intimacy and essential oils with discretion, please enter at your own risk.

Do Not Awaken Love Before its Time…

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the field,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases. (Song of Solomon 2:7)

…but once the time has come, stir …

December 24, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

Spinach Seafood Bisque

This has become a favorite side dish to complement a special meal. Depending upon where you live and what is easily accessible (and affordable), you may choose shrimp, crawfish, or lump crab meat for this dish. Or you could combine all three! Now that we live in the midwest, fresh seafood, “imported” from the Gulf Coast, is our Christmas-time treat!

December 14, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

A Spiritual Stress Test


“Afflictions do us good likewise, as they make us more acquainted with what is in our own hearts and thereby promote humiliation and self-abasement. There are abominations which, like nests of vipers, lie so quietly within, that we hardly suspect they are there till the rod of affliction rouses them; then they hiss and show their venom. This discovery is indeed very distressing; yet till, it is made, we …