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…


Manna in the margins

Becoming a mother came with a surprising level of mourning.  As I held onto the tangible joy of my first born and then second, I couldn’t deny the…


Engaging critical conversations about pornography

Hearing the word “porn” can make us want to shout “la la la la" with our fingers in our ears. But with the infiltration of pornography through the…


Two funerals and a wedding: 3 principles of grief in a stepfamily

It was a sunny Fourth of July weekend. Red roses and navy ribbons were the ideal backdrop for my fiancé, Robbie, and me to join in matrimony. With…


Pleasing God, not people

My friend and her husband were embarking on quite an adventure. They sensed God calling them to become a foster family, taking in children from…


Determine my steps: Pause, look, consider, and rest in the Lord

His wavy, blonde hair was damp and tousled, and his cheeks were flushed. I couldn’t help but smile at both signs of a quality afternoon nap as he…


Remember when summer was relaxing?

It’s clearly a new day when it comes to planning out our kids’ summer. My memory may fail me, but I can’t remember one time when I overheard my…


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.…