Hope for the hard days: 5 truths to lean on

Hope for the hard days: 5 truths to lean on

Raising a child who has been diagnosed with a medical condition or impairment of any kind can take a toll on our souls as parents.  As I reflect back…


Giving kids hope in hardship

“How has the pandemic affected your kids?” I asked this question to a mom of three children.  Right away she listed some of the meaningful activities…


Seeing ourselves through the eyes of the Father

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:18 NIV).  As I sat with a blank document in front of me, having not written in…


The next right thing

“Just do the next right thing. Take a step, step again. It is all that I can do. The next right thing. I won't look too far ahead. It's too much for…


Changed by our children: God’s plans in our parenting

So much of our efforts as parents go towards supporting and helping our children. From the moment they are born, we work tirelessly to help them…


Ode to Christmas and New Year’s hope

The stockings that were hung by the chimney with care Are somewhere in the laundry with the underwear. The tree that shimmered with ornaments and…


Having fun is an act of hope

One of my goals this past year was to have more fun.  I am pragmatic to a fault, so I confess, I had to put “fun” on my to-do list. As I write, I can…


Hindering hurt, rendering hope

Today hurts. Last week hurt. Last year hurt.  As I sit this morning, unable to pinpoint the source of my hurt, I feel distracted. See, hurt can be…


The only hope in parenting

The only hope for parenting

Our kids don’t always follow the script we’ve written for them. The truth is, in parenting we don't always follow our own scripts. We hope things…