For many, Mother’s day is a time of celebration and honor. Other’s peering over the fence at this celebration are stung, poked, and cut by the barbed wire at the top of the fence. Be sure to honor, remember, and pray for them this holiday. Continue reading Barbed Mother’s Day
“My boys are so standoffish with me now. They’re too cool for Mom. Those days,” she gestured to my kids clinging to my legs and begging for me to hold them, “…Are gone.” As my boys snuggled up close, one … Continue reading 5 Ways to Engage With your Kids
Think about those people you feel you deeply love- and those that express that they love you. Now make a mental list of the things that confirm for you that this is real love. In short- how do you define … Continue reading What is Love?
This God Story is one that has had a big impact on our family. Without this story, well…I don’t know what my brilliant, engineering minded husband would be doing as a career. Elijah tells the whole story in the video below: … Continue reading The Miracle Hand
Want to hear a true story about God working in our lives in real time? This is the next installment of the God Stories Project. Without this one, my Mom wouldn’t have survived childhood. And the rest- well, we would … Continue reading The Podium Story (A God Story)
As you sit around the table this Thanksgiving, try sharing stories of how God has protected and worked in your lives. Regularly doing this can ground you and your kids like nothing else.
Continue reading Telling Your God Stories Can Change Thanksgiving- and Life
I wasn’t prepared for what happened that night as I tucked my son into bed. “Mommy, I’m not sure if I believe in God. How do you know that God is real?,” my four-year-old asked. It caught me off guard. I … Continue reading The God Stories Project
What can you do if you end up with extra candy this Halloween? Maybe rain cut back the door knockers or your kids just knocked on too many doors or got too much at the fall festival. What can you do with all that extra? Here are some great ideas (that might just even build character in the process)! Continue reading 5 Things to Do With Extra Halloween Candy
Shaunti and Jeff Feldhan did some very compelling research into men and women’s perspectives in marriage, and they asked this simple question to the men in their study: “What’s the one thing that you wish your wife/significant other knew, but … Continue reading The #1 Thing Husbands Wish Their Wives Knew (It directly correlates to women’s greatest insecurity)
Shaunti and Jeff Feldhan did some very compelling research into men and women’s perspectives in marriage, and they asked this simple question to the women in their study: “What’s the most important thing you wish your husband/significant other knew, but … Continue reading The #1 Thing Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew
My college English teacher set a precedent for me for how to pray for others. He showed me how to pray Scripture for others. If you’d like to know a simple, effective way to pray for those in your world, this is the top approach I would recommend. Continue reading Praying Scripture
For the extroverted, boisterous, passionate woman, the words “gentle and quiet spirit” signify that beauty is beyond reach. For the shy, perhaps they are misleading. Let’s look at what is meant in these passages and discover hope for all women that we call can depend on the LORD to work true beauty in our spirits. Continue reading Unfading Beauty: What Does Gentle and Quiet Really Mean?
This season has brought new heaviness. I have often felt my face drooped and my spirit hanging heavy in the off moments of my days. Through it all, I have felt God impressing on me to, “Carry yourself light.” And it has made all the difference. Continue reading Carry Yourself Light
Go ahead, take a silent vote in your head. Did you say, “Women?” Does that mean you side with a stereotype? Evidence suggests most people do. If you do, it also just might make you wrong- at least looking at … Continue reading Who Talks More, Men or Women?
Sometimes warm memories creep into my consciousness of blissful days taking turns with my BFF pushing each other on the old rope swing tied fast to a valiant, towering oak that existed long before us. The oak and the swing … Continue reading Escape Me Not
“I’ll get you now!!!!,” the child screams as he launches forward with his sword. Even if you don’t allow toys that look like weapons, Popsicle sticks start saying, “Bang, bang!,” sandwiches get bitten into gun shapes, and yard sticks become … Continue reading Violence or Valor?
Finish the statement from Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of _______.” Wisdom, right? No! The answer in this chapter is “knowledge.” (“Wisdom” would be the answer in Proverbs 9:10). It is incredible that knowing and … Continue reading The Key to Both Wisdom and Knowledge
In your last job interview, were you asked, “How did you play as a child?” Engineers entering Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are. Why? Caltech found that the new highly-educated engineers were missing something. And it stemmed from the way they played as kids. Continue reading How Play Can Make or Break our Kids’ Futures