Two Things I Learned From My Mother

Their cards line the mantel, and sweet memories of another Mother’s Day are now tucked within my heart. I’m glad to be a their mother. Glad for every moment and memory we’ve gathered together through the years. My heart is crowded with love for them, and I thank God that it is. But there’s another […]

Praying for Peace (and other things) for Your Home and Family

“If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.” – Thomas Watson Sometimes the walls of our home bang and clang and rumble with not-so-peaceful sounds. There’s […]

Bible Reading: It’s Not For Everyone (and it’s ok)

“‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” Matthew 22:36-37  NIV It’s been almost 20 years since I gave my heart to Jesus. The day I did, I was a working girl. The […]

Have You Put Out Your Signs?

“When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence.” Nehemiah 6:17a It’s obvious you fiercely protect what you love. That’s probably why we all connect so well, don’t you think? Your stories are telling—you have a heart’s desire to gather up those you love and shield them […]

Because Jesus Is Their Normal: 7 Steps to Raising Godly Children

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about […]

5 Lessons I Caught from My Dad

“Listen to your father, who gave you life.” – Proverbs 23:22 NIV I celebrated my last Father’s Day with my dad almost 20 years ago. At the time, cancer was sucking the life out of him. He looked more like a passing shadow than the man who had raised me. As I see my husband […]

A Post Mother’s Day Pick-Me-Up

“I Thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him.” – 1 Timothy 1:12 NLT Mother’s Day is sweet. Then Monday comes and I remember …   I’m a mother to teenagers.   I’d like to say this feat has […]

What Our Teenagers Need to Hear From Us Right Now

May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. – Psalm 144:12 NLT Our teenagers need us. Last week, their security and self-worth were rocked when the Burnbook app made it’s way into the world. Feasting on immaturity and insecurity, this app works […]