Very Brief Family Update | 10/14/20

It has definitely been a minute since I last posted anything, which I’m sorry about. I had a lot planned and drafted throughout September, but a few things happened that threw me off my usual writing groove: Iva has suddenly changed her sleep routine on me, and instead of sleeping until 8 in the morning…

Thoughts on Heritage: In Memory of Patricia and Anne

There is a fair chance that I was awake on August 26th at 3:30 in the morning, feeding Iva and dozing back to sleep. If so, I did not know that I was newly bereft of my last remaining grandparent. My husband and I compare and contrast our families often, and while there are not…

The Hiding Place

Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place has been on my reading list for several years now. Autobiographies and memoirs are some of my favorite books to read, and this one was no exception. I actually found it in an e-book format (not my preferred reading method, but it means I can read silently and one-handed,…

The Pragmatism Gospel | by Devynn

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.‘” | Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV) The Pragmatism Gospel looks upon this image in Scripture with wonder and awe. It becomes enamored with the vision of…

8/17/20 | Family Update & Future Plans for the Blog

Things have been pretty standard here at the Hageman home. Iva is busy growing, Devynn is busy working, and I am busy cooking/cleaning/caretaking. We’re settling into a semi-regular routine in these things – though we have plans for improvement still – and it has been really beneficial after such a wearying season of constant change…

The Purity Gospel

One night when I was about 15 years old, I had a peculiar dream. At least, it seemed peculiar to me. In this unusually long and vivid dream, I was married and had several young children. There wasn’t much else to it besides this. It was very ordinary and uneventful, but there was a sense…

The Prosperity/Positivity Gospel

When I came out of the Southern religious culture that upholds a fragmented, inconsistent, willfully ignorant perspective of the Christian faith, the Word of Faith movement was very attractive to me. The aura of passion and relevance surrounding its key figures was captivating. I marveled at their “big,” boundless view of God, which seemed to…

Why Cloth Diapers?

I can’t remember when I first learned about modern cloth diapering systems, but I’m sure when I first heard that people use cloth in the 21st century I probably thought it was ridiculous. Why would you make parenting harder than it needs to be? Why would you want to do any extra laundry? What about…

SERIES: Popular False Gospels

For a while now I’ve been meaning to publish my personal testimony regarding different theological viewpoints. What I found interesting as I drafted the post is that it was a very multifaceted journey. I tend to describe it with a focus on one particular false gospel that I had believed before God brought me to…

To Be Content Is To Surrender

As you might know if you’ve been keeping up with us for at least a few months now, I have a contentment problem. It’s the cause of my overspending, my fluctuating between laziness and hyper-diligence, my people pleasing, and so on. I tend to make choices in a “grass is greener over there” mentality. God…

Update | 7/29/20 | Settling In

If you’ve been keeping up with our updates over the past three or four months, you’ve seen us in a massive (and seemingly never-ending) season of transition. Just to recap: Our first child, a girl, was born in late February. Two weeks after her birth, COVID-19 lockdowns were enforced in our state Facing the end…

No Other Gods

2 Kings 17 describes the Assyrian capture of Israel and the Assyrian king’s resettlement of Samarian land. He brings in several groups of people with pagan backgrounds who worship a multiplicity of false gods – people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim (v. 24). It’s specifically noted that they “did not fear the Lord”…