Just a pause to recalibrate

As of October 14, 2020, The Sparrow’s Nest is halting its operations until January 2021. This is a decision that I made with our board during our October session, and while it is a painful one and while this decision impacts the lives of people I care about deeply, it...

Good Things Grow Here | by Miranda M. Bell

At the Nest, I have adopted an unofficial tagline that says, “good things grow here”, meaning that we are a place that bears good fruit and sees harvest in the lives of the families we serve. While this is good to think about in theory (and pat ourselves on the back...

Your Name Is Not Your Identity | By Miranda M. Bell

If you’ve spent time in Sunday School, you’ve probably read (or at least heard) about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  If you’ve never read it, here are the cliff’s notes.   In this Old Testament bible story, King Nebuchadnezzar set up an idol and commanded that all...

The Process and The Provision | By Miranda M. Bell

In July 2017, we celebrated my youngest son’s birthday.  Our little family had a grand old time with a big pizza and salad lunch, matching camouflage plates, napkins and blowers, and birthday cake and candles.  It was perfect.  Only, it wasn’t his birthday.  His...

Heart Strings by Kim McKnight

I remember that night so well.  The night my heart broke as I sat in my car with three brave young mamas who called The Sparrow’s Nest home.   I had been volunteering for The Sparrow’s Nest for at least a year, working mainly in the office sorting donations and doing...