Raising grateful kids: Three ways to practice gratitude

When you google “how to raise grateful kids” a plethora of articles come up. Because isn’t that what we do we need to know something really…


Three powerful strategies for helping our grands understand God’s truth

I (Shellie) imagine we’ve all heard teachings on how important it is to “think about what you’re thinking about.”  If we’ve spent any time at all in…


Adoption and foster care isn’t a have to—it’s a get to

My adopted son popped his sopping wet hand out through the shower curtain, straining as if trying to grasp something.  “Isaac, what do you need?”…


Thankfulness is not a feeling

I have been sitting with my computer open in my lap for over an hour. I have typed and deleted. And typed some more—and deleted it again.  Seriously,…


Helping your child with lying

Did you know that honesty and truth telling are part of living a blessed life (Psalm 34:12–13)? But we still lie. Why is that? Often it’s because we…


Five ways to actually get God’s word into your heart

Reading the Bible can be intimidating. Sometimes I feel like I’m reading words that go in one eye and out the other. And at church, the words of the…


Raise the child you have, not the child you want

I have a friend who learned her daughter had cancer after her visit to the pediatrician when she was 2-years-old. Her blood work was off, and this…


Struggle well: Fatherhood, love, and grace

Fatherhood is a struggle.  Don’t get me wrong. It is glorious, exhausting, worthwhile, exasperating, a blessing, and painful.  It is all of those…


Prayers for a Tired Dad

God has always used ordinary people to do remarkable things. That’s where you come in, Dad. You are a man God can use. God knows we are imperfect.…