Be Not Afraid, Be Not Dismayed

Perhaps you feel it, too, lately: the tightness in your chest when you hear the most recent news, the weight of preemptive grief when you consider your child’s future, or the weariness that comes when trying to “choose joy” in your own strength day after duty-filled day. I have often heard people remark on how…

To Surrender Is To Obey

In the Christian life, you cannot separate being from doing. This is not what came to mind when I thought about “surrendering to God” in my earlier years of professing Christianity. Maybe you’ve heard that phrase a thousand times, too, and maybe it has helped you through many hard circumstances. I know it has for…

Dear New Parent: You’re Allowed To Change Your Mind

If you’ve followed us on Instagram, you will have noticed over the past several days that we are in the process of transitioning Iva into her own makeshift nursery (our big walk-in-closet, really) and beginning the Taking Cara Babies sleep training program. I don’t think any mom who has informed herself of her options and…

Holiness Isn’t Awaiting You “Out There”

The last picture I posted on social media before Iva was born (the day before, as a matter of fact) was of my pregnant belly looming over the study Bible and journal on my lap. A warm coffee and lit candle can be spotted in the background. Though I was still busy and responsible for…

Lord, Spite Our Worldly Expectations

John 6:22-59 describes one of the many uncomfortable encounters between Jesus and the Jewish people who had totally misunderstood the point of the Old Testament prophecies, rituals, and commandments (which were meant to anticipate Christ). In summary, a group of people approach Jesus the day after he miraculously fed more than 5,000 people with only…

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…