Six things not to say to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts

Six things not to say to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts

I was flying home on a small commuter jet with two seats on either side of the aisle. I was by the window. A mother sat next to me and her two sons…


What parents should know about senior year

What parents should know about senior year

“This is the beginning of the end.”  I remember thinking this thought the entire summer before my senior year. I was terrified and did not feel ready…


The prodigal’s mother

The prodigal’s mother

Originally published on Foundations with Janet Denison I‘ve taught the parable of the prodigal son from Luke, chapter 15, many times. It never…


Leaning into God's promises

Leaning into God's promises

I had a text: “Mom, I am terrified.” I read it out loud to Brett. “You okay?” I texted back. My husband and I were at the beach.  My mom was watching…


A college freshman’s advice for parents

A college freshman’s advice for parents

Hi, my name is Blake Jefferson. I just finished my freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin.  I grew up in a small, Christian private…


Transitions: Finding peace in the in-between

Finding peace in the midst of transitions

Out of all four seasons, summer and fall typically carry with them the most transitions. And in parenting, we experience the joys and challenges of…


The God who sees you

The God who sees you

“So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me”…


Pray, hope, and don’t worry

Pray, hope, and don’t worry

You probably have many sources of stress and anxiety as a mother.  One, family life is hard. From managing schedules to stress levels, you juggle…


Storms are inevitable

The storms are inevitable.  Everyone experiences times in their lives that are filled with anxious thoughts and difficult choices. And raising…