Teaching Kids to Love Their Neighbor

In the middle of a blizzard, our family loaded up a moving truck and relocated to a new home in a new neighborhood in a new city. Bundled in puffy…


Sexual simmering: Reclaiming intentional time with your spouse

One of the great challenges of sexual fulfillment in the twenty-first century is that there’s so little time and energy left over to enjoy sex. I get…


How to thrive as the parent of a sensitive teenager

My son has been quiet all afternoon.  Not in his usual introverted way—today he’s brooding. Slumpy.  I plop down beside him on the couch. “Okay,…


Freedom in Christ—a more enjoyable way to live

We've been preparing for our longest RV trip yet, which means making far too many pink and orange highlighted lists and checking them a gazillion…


How to avoid power struggles with your children

“I don’t want to take a nap! I am not tired! You are so unfair!”  “I am the only teen in the world who does not have social media! You are so…


The higher the walls the taller the ladders: How to teach a biblical worldview to your elementary-aged kids

The Lord has given me a unique perspective as a mother of three elementary-aged girls. I’ve been teaching high school English and Bible for fourteen…


Something worth stewing over

Something Worth Stewing Over

Happy March! I hope you’re thawing out a bit after what seems to have been the eternal polar vortex.  My family is currently enjoying…


Are They Good Or Are They God’s?

You may have heard, “If you ask the right questions, you will get the right answers.” If you have school-age kids, you are in the middle of some of…


Love is a Gift. Respect is Earned.

Our kids understand they are loved unconditionally. We teach them there is nothing they can say or do that will cause us to stop loving them. That…