Past, Present, or Future Thinker?

Are you prone to think of the past, present, or future? We all have a tendency to live mostly in one or the other.  I personally think this is a personality trait.  In fact I found an article How Future Oriented Each Myers-Briggs Type Actually Is  and it was pretty accurate for my ISTJ self. …

Church planting like Jesus: Poured out not burnt out

  I don’t know where we get the idea that ministry is about working so hard that we are on the verge of burn out–That having a successful outcome and being appreciated is paramount.  If we don’t have this recipe we think something is wrong.  Maybe we should just work harder next time?  But when…

How to help Christian workers around the world

I often think of my friends across the world that work full-time to spread the Gospel.  They have the same struggles and worries that I have: how to raise their kids to be kind, what to fix for dinner, how to make time for their spouse….BUT they live in a country that is not culturally…

Christians who aren’t grieving–You should be!

  Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless…

Are you living for football, a funeral or forever?

Motives are very important.  I can do the exact same action for different reasons.  For instance, I love football and have watched hundreds of games. Every one of my children have had to learn the hard way, after being scared to death, that Mommy yells loudly during OU games. I have watched football for the…

How to step out of the way for your children to do ministry

So how can we let our children practice ministry so that they are prepared to Do ministry on their own? We need to get out of the way after letting them Watch. We need to let them dream and listen to God. Of course you can direct them but let them own their own ministry.

Church plant-heory

I am expected to give grace to everyone but am given very little grace in return.


….ADHD as a made up diagnosis for parents of boys who didn’t know how to discipline.

Brave Introvert

I am not awkward or shy. But half an hour into a party I am looking for an escape because I am exhausted.


Welcome to Brave Introvert! My name is Christy McDonald. I am married to Andy who pastors Redeemer Church in Norman, OK. We planted the church in 2010, the same month we adopted our youngest. To say it was a leap of faith is an understatement. We have loved watching our now seven person family grow…