You Are a Gift in Hard Times

I sit across from her in a mostly empty restaurant. We’ve been friends for a while, and I know her story. I know of the pain and upheaval of her childhood and early adult life. I know of the hard places she’s endured in raising her boys, and in keeping her marriage alive. I am […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Joy (and Power) of Knowing You’re Not Alone

Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” –  C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves I spotted the young boy across the produce section. He stood next a shopping cart, with his three sisters, as dad studied a grocery list. The boy moved […]

Compare No More

“Everything God creates is good…” 1Timothy 4:4 Of course, she entered the room right when I was stuffing a tortilla chip into my mouth. This woman. She beamed like a new sunrise and displayed a body to die for in a spectacular dress. All eyes turned her way. Thank God, I guess, since they didn’t […]

Becoming a Better Comforter

“But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.” Job 16:5   I knew it when I messed up. It wasn’t an earth-shattering mess up, but it was obvious. From across the room, and through all the people, I could see she was having a different kind of morning. The […]

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 […]

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 […]