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 […]

3 Things I’ve Learned About Hope

The empty tomb. It seems fitting, this day after Easter, to talk with you about hope and what the hollow (and hallowed) tomb of Jesus means in terms of that hope. The truth is, you cannot talk about the empty tomb of our risen Christ without talking about hope. The emptiness of the tomb is one […]

What I Learned When I Prayed for Love

“Above all, love each other deeply…” 1 Peter 4:8 NIV Sometimes it’s hard to love the ones we love. It’s as if our love – once whole and full, has sprouted leaks from the punctures of life, pain, fear, time, or distraction. And yet, we know, we must love despite our leaks. So we try […]

5 Things a Daughter Should Know

I first wrote this post for my daughter who turned eighteen earlier this month. As she blew out the candles on her cake, I saw her standing on the threshold of her grown-up life. With the doors thrown open, I began to wonder (and worry) if I had done enough. Had I taught her and […]

When It’s Time to Return to Your Rest

Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. – Psalm 116:7 NIV There comes a time when you must tell your soul to return to its rest. Maybe your life these last weeks, months, or year has looked plenty like David’s life from the Old Testament. Maybe you’ve been on the run and forced […]

What God Does With Your Sacrifice

 “The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart …” – Genesis 8:21 NIV I know what you’ve been doing. Day in and day out you do, and work, and serve, while trying to love others as Christ has loved you (John 15:12). And every morning you rise to share what you have […]

When You Don’t Always Like What You See in the Mirror

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. – Proverbs 31:30 NIV I know sometimes you look in the mirror and don’t necessarily like what you see. My daughter wrote these words in my Mother’s Day card. A pang of shame and guilt rose in […]

Why Motherhood Means More Than Mothering

Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Psalm 31:27-28 NLT Motherhood matters. It’s not an earth-shattering thought or even a terribly original one. Of course it matters. We look upon the faces of our children (no matter how […]