“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?
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
Want to hear about the first time Elijah realized that God was working in his life and protecting him? Let him tell you all about it! Continue reading The Dresser Fell On Me
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
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
You know how sometimes you say something to someone else and suddenly realize- “Hmm..that is helpful to me.”? Well, that happened to me tonight as I was putting my sons to bed. All is Well My eldest had just finished … Continue reading The Secret to Shrinking Problems
At the beginning of June, I noticed something that hit me like a ton of bricks. It was that familiar, gnawing, edgy fatigue. I returned from teaching each day unable to move, feeling like every little task required insurmountable effort, … Continue reading That Familiar, Gnawing, Edgy Fatigue
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?
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
So much of life benefits from a simplified approach. But what if I were to tell you that there is one area in which wisdom pleads for you to develop a complexity mindset? What Demands a Complexity Mindset? Our fellow … Continue reading Complexity Mindset (Stops us from wounding others every time)
A couple weeks ago, my three-year-old looked at me with his warm eyes wide and said with sweet deliberation, “My daddy has brown eyes. Like me.” Then he looked into my eyes for a moment and said, “Berry eyes. Like Elijah” Continue reading Berry Eyes
In a world of endless options and limitless needs to be met, sometimes a simple thing like praying for others can seem a bit overwhelming. Where do we even start? How Do We Prayer Well for Others? To me, the … Continue reading Top 2 Ways I Pray for My Friends