How to be a godly advocate for your child

How to be a godly advocate for your child

The school year is in full swing. Sunny days at the beach and summer camps are behind us, and in the blink of an eye our babies are waking up early,…


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…


How to fall apart well

 I am a mom of four kids and I just recently learned how to fall apart.  As a young toddler, I lost my dad and older sister in a car wreck. My mom…


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…


I'm afraid to have kids and that's okay

I'm afraid to have kids and that's okay

I always thought I would go to college, find my husband, graduate, get married, and have my first baby by the time I turned twenty-five. If there was…


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…