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Minterlife | Life with God. Life with each other.

Its Time

Once upon a time, in a land full of nap times and early bedtimes, I would sit down and write. Though babies are exhausting and demanding, being stuck at home most days left me plenty of time to write.   And so wrote I did.  Minterlife.com became my accountability, my journal, my discipleship tool, and the record of my family growth.  I absolutely loved it.

Then a storm blew through, life decisions needed to be made in private, kids started complaining that strangers knew their private business, and nap times ceased to exist.  No longer stuck at home every afternoon led to me giving up a passion that seemed easier to ignore than to find time to pursue.   Minterlife became dormant.

But, my husband…..

My husband sees in me something I can’t see in myself and pushes me to be the person he knows I want to be.  He knows most days I start early and am simply done by the time the kids go to bed in the evening.  He knows my kids’ education and meeting with women to point them towards Christ will always trump me sitting down to write.  He knows my schedule looks completely different than it once did, and so I can’t write in the same manner that I once could.  He knows my excuses and obstacles, but yet he still created a new place for me to start a new writing journey.  This new place to write can be found at kariminter.com.

I feel rusty.  I feel unequipped.  I feel nervous and scared.  But to have the one person who is most important to me look at me with confidence in his eyes gives me the courage to move forward, and so I write.

Bear with me.  The journey may be choppy, but to start while still surrounded by fear is my first victory.

Is there something scary you might need to start as well? Won’t you share with me and let’s encourage each other because let’s face it, we all need some people in our corner looking at us with confidence in their eyes.



Merry Christmas from the Minters

Its that time of year again!  Time for our annual Christmas card.  This marks year 6 of this tradition, and the first year the kids really wanted to take ownership of the tradition.  They picked the music, where the computer would sit, what they wanted to show in the video, and just basically made it their own.  It is fun to watch them grown up.  In fact, if you want to view years gone by, here is 2009 (Elliana at the end is my favorite!), 2010 (Justus finally makes his first appearance “helping”), 2011, 2012, 2013 (our first Christmas in Iowa), and finally, 2014.  Merry Christmas everyone!


Fear Not

Recently I was studying Haggai and the Lord suddenly stopped me in chapter 2 verse 4.  It states,

Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts, 5 according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not.

As I continued reading, I just kept coming back to these verses, so I started to rewrite the verses into my own words to make sure I truly understood what each word said and what exactly God was trying to teach me.

Be able to withstand great force or pressure, proclaims the Lord.  Work, labor, exert to produce something at a later time, for I am with you, the Lord said in a solemn and emphatic manner,  My Spirit continues in the same state with you in your midst.  Fear, dismay, dread, apprehension, fright, panic, concern NOT.

Something crazy happens when I start defining and rewriting words.  Suddenly, the Lord isn’t just saying be strong and push through life.  He is saying continue in this path I have you on and don’t just continue in it, be so in the Lord’s presence that I can withstand great pressure.  Great pressure.

Lately I’ve often felt that “great pressure” but I’ve not equated it with being strong.  I’ve felt this pressure to act a certain way, be a certain type of friend, run a certain type of ministry, and this morning, the Lord opened my eyes to the connection to when He tells me to “be strong”, He is saying “withstand that great pressure”.

And then the verse goes on to say that in the midst of that great pressure continue to exert forth effort and do what God has called you to do so that something will be produced at a later time.  Don’t just withstand great force and stand there.  Be strong and work for a future benefit.

But God doesn’t stop there, He goes on to point out that the only reason you can withstand great pressure and exert effort to produce what He desire for you is because He is with you and His Spirit will continue to be among you always.

Knowing His Spirit is among you and with you and in your midst results in the final action that says not to fear, be dismayed, scared, or panic.

This whole section is wrecking me.  The “great pressure” that I was worried was telling me I was doing something wrong, that I’m not good enough, that I’m a bad friend, that I need to change, can really just be the ‘great pressure” I need to endure in order to complete what God has called me to do.  I tend to view the “great pressure” as a sign I’m doing something wrong.  The poor me attitude comes on, and I start to think about everywhere that I’m failing my family, my friends, myself, and my church.  Instead of pushing through that “great pressure”, I start to allow it to consume me.

God is calling me to something more.  His word clearly states to exert effort and continue to do what God calls you to do even when life around you isn’t supporting or encouraging you.  Continue to learn to rely on the Spirit to push you forward and help you do this and fear will disappear.

I don’t know about you, but for me there are times in life where it is easy to endure and push forward, and then there are times where all you hear is negative opinions or hurtful comments or life seems to be crumbling around you, and its easy to doubt  you’re  doing what God has called you to do.  When you stop walking forward, relying on the Spirit, and exerting effort to push through the great pressure, a funny thing happens…fear starts to settle in.  Fear of opinions, fear of making the wrong decisions, fear of a lot of things.

But open up the Bible and God practically screams at us to push, to exert effort, to run forward, and to allow the Spirit to lead us.  He reminds us to obey what He has asked of us and to continue on because His Spirit is with us always.

And that TRUTH  gives us the courage to “BE STRONG” and “FEAR NOT”.




The Beginning

One of my children has had some lingering health problems resulting in TONS of antibiotics throughout her short little lifetime.  As a result, her stomach ALWAYS hurts, she had developed horrible reflux and heartburn, and is just a little bit miserable most days.  As a mom, my heart hurts to see her struggle at such a young age.

So I decided to do something about it.

Today marks DAY 1 of our 30 day strict eating plan.  No beans, no bread, no sugar, no processed food, no dairy, pretty much no to anything that will turn to sugar in her gut.  Sounds fun right =)

But we do get to say yes to all kinds of meats, all kinds of veggies, and some fruits, so we definitely won’t go hungry! The idea is to completely starve all the bad bacteria in her gut while still providing her with all the proper nutrition she needs.  Because we are a family and families stick together, the whole family will be eating the same thing and going through the 30 days together.  Three of us are excited about this. The jury is still out on the other two.

Last night, I prepped for the week, made something called Bone Broth (which smells fantastic!), emailed all the teachers at school to let them know what our family will be doing and to please not allow my children to sneak candy from the treasure boxes in the classroom, and spent time convincing one of my children this was not punishment but a fun adventure (I’m not sure she’s buying it).

Here’s to Day 1.  Praying for happy hearts and for the Lord to use the next 30 days to completely heal my baby girl’s pain.



Over and over again in the scriptures, I notice how the men of God respond when people sin against God or them.  They don’t gossip or get frustrated or yell or throw fits or cut off all communication with them; the men of God immediately seek God.

As soon as I heard this, I tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and sat appalled. 4 Then all who trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the faithlessness of the returned exiles, gathered around me while I sat appalled until the evening sacrifice. 5 And at the evening sacrifice I rose from my fasting, with my garment and my cloak torn, and fell upon my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God, 6 saying: …“And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments… (Ezra 9)

Ezra could have screamed and yelled.  He could have kicked the offending parties out and cut off all communication with them.  He could have reacted a lot like we do when we are offended, hurt, or see someone we are close to chose sin.  But he didn’t.

The minute the sin came to his attention, he fasted and sat with the Lord IN SILENCE.  After seeking the Lord for a significant amount of time, he then sought forgiveness on behalf of the offending parties, and eventually asked the Lord for direction on how to correct the sin.

Sometimes I wonder what the world would be like if all of us who claimed to love the Lord reacted to other people’s sin in this matter.  We took it as a serious offense against God and not against us.  We weren’t personally offended and defensive but rather immediately sought the Lord and allowed Him to respond to the sin.  We lived in this manner that said, “I trust God to solve this sin issue.  I don’t have to fix it in my own power or strength. I don’t even have to tell God how to fix it.  He is big enough and smart enough.”

What would our home look like?  What would our church look like?  What would our heart look like?

I know I struggle with this.  At times, I take it as a personal offense when people are rude or gossip or deliberately choose sin.  I want to talk about their choices and come up with solutions to “fix” them.  My default is to think about the offense against me instead of immediately fasting and seeking the Lord.  But I want my default to change.  Today I’m committing to working hard to change that default and allowing the Holy Spirit to change my mind and heart to trust the Lord,.  To truly seek Him first instead of seeking my own solution to a problem first.

I can only imagine how freeing this will be.

Book Review: Preacher’s Sourcebook

This book is exactly what the title says. It takes a wide variety of sermons from excellent preachers and outlines the main points and ideas.  The sermons over specific topics (wedding, funerals, holidays) as well as  over specific books of the Bible or specific Biblical topic.
I originally got this book for a relative who is a senior pastor.  I thought this would make a great resource for him as he plans his sermons and leads his church.  After looking through it and reading it myself, I found I thoroughly enjoyed it as well.  While its primarily written for pastors, it is a great resource for anyone who wants to study Biblical topics.

Overall, I think this book is an excellent resource for pastors and I strongly recommend it.





I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest and fair review

Women Living Well….Book Review

Courtney Joseph’s book, Women Living Well, was simply a joy to read and a great reminder to truly chase after what God desires of us as women.

Each chapter is a quick read with simple practical ideas to help you love God and love the life He has given you. I would definitely recommend this book to any married women who is struggling with the busyness of life. Courtney’s writing style is easy to read and very simply and humbly reminds us how to focus and enjoy what God has given us.

I am very thankful Thomas Nelson was kind enough to send me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Merry Christmas from Us

This is the 5th year we have done this, and I can honestly say its one of my favorite holiday traditions!



When we started this tradition in 2009, Justus was still in a high chair and the girls barely had any hair! Its so fun to look back on life and see all that has changed and remember all God has done over the past 5 years. If you care to take a stroll down memory lane with me, here’s 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012.

Merry Christmas!

Good Reminder This Morning

But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction.

2 Chronicles 26:16

Life over the last 8 months has definitely humbled me.  The crazy part is I didn’t even know I needed to be humbled! But as I look back over the last few years, I realize that I really was getting “strong” and felt like I was in control of a lot of my life.  My kids were great, my marriage was great, I worked part time at my favorite job of all time, my students were fantastic, my neighbor constantly was there to encourage and point me to the Lord, we had plenty of friends, Brent and I were able to do Crossfit together,….the list could go on.

Overall, I definitely felt “in control” of life…and I liked it.

Since moving, all of that control has been stripped right out of my hands….and it hurt….a lot.

Then I read about King Uzziah this morning.  He served God wholeheartedly and completely devoted Himself to the Lord; Until he got strong and successful and began to reap the benefits of God blessing him.  Then he began to take control himself and became proud.  This led to him becoming angry at the priests who tried to point him back to God’s rules.  His anger in his heart resulted in God striking him with leprosy.  I’m pretty sure while he sat in isolation for the rest of his life, his pride was shattered, his strength was taken, and he was again able to be dependent on the Lord.

I’m grateful I don’t have to be struck with leprosy to be reminded that strength and control over life isn’t always a good thing.  I’m thankful that God loves me enough to humble me greatly and strip me of all things so that I can rely on Him completely.  I truly am  grateful for the 8 months of turmoil that has keep me dependent on the Lord.

Grateful list:

16.  Thankful for weakness

17. Thankful God is living and active and continually speaks to me and draws me near to Him

18. Thankful I can trust my kids to God and He will protect them and draw them to Himself

19. Thankful for the sun shining through the gym window yesterday

20. Thankful for our Y membership

21. Thankful to be healthy enough to start another Warriorfit session

22. Thankful for a gracious principal that desires for the teachers to succeed

23. Thankful for good students

24. Thankful for the teacher who introduced me to Socratic Seminars 10 years ago

25. Thankful for afternoons spent outside enjoying the fall weather

26. Thankful that God speaks through His Word

27.Thankful for good coffee

28. Thankful for a few minutes alone yesterday

29. Thankful for a husband who will help me fold all the laundry

30. Thankful for a family who is so grateful and appreciates meals I prepare

31. Thankful for Heavenly Homemakers recipies

32. Thankful for Brent making coffee every morning

33. Thankful for the quiet of the 5:00am hour

34. Thankful for random spottings and quick chats with friends

35. Thankful for my sister who will take time to encourage me, love me where I’m at, not try to change me, but simply remind me of truth.

Its Been Awhile

Its been awhile since I’ve written.  Mainly because there are so many changes and transitions that I haven’t been able to even wrap my mind around our life much less write about it.

But I have noticed that with all the transitions and change, my attitude has started to change a bit.  I’m working two jobs and have simply let my exhaustion dictate my mood.  This morning as I was reading Jonah, God pulled this quote out from the text:

“Do you do well to be angry?

I suddenly realized that I was a bit angry at what my daily life was looking like.  I was a bit angry I didn’t have as much time with my kids.  I was a bit angry that it feels like there isn’t much down time in life anymore.  I was a bit angry about how I have been treated by someone.  Overall, I was just a bit angry.

Its not a huge raging anger; it is more subtle.  The kind you don’t notice until it starts bubbling out of your mouth when exhaustion hits its highest point.

This morning God opened my eyes to my anger, and I’m left with a decision:  do I deal with it or ignore it?  I’m choosing to deal with it, confess it, repent of it, and shift my focus to what God HAS given me instead of where I’m disappointed.  So today begins again my journey of thankfulness.   Its hard to be angry when your heart is continually looking at life through grateful eyes.

Grateful List:

1. A job where I pour into teenagers every day

2. A team of people willing to help me plan the women’s retreat

3. Furniture to sit on

4. A puppy who likes to cuddle and is relatively calm

5. A patient husband who serves me and waits calmly for me to adjust to all the changes in life

6. Kids who are resiliant

7. God pulling Justus’ heart toward Him

8. An electric blanket (it was freezing last night!)

9. A fireplace that works

10. Our own house with plenty of space

11. A fence in the backyard

12. Beautiful sunsets over the bean field at the end of the street

13. Great neighbors

14. Most of the boxes being unpacked

15. A rainy day to get schoolwork done

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