Engaging critical conversations about pornography

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…