A letter to the motherless mother as we approach Mother’s Day

Dear motherless mother, I see you.  It’s that time of year: the commercials, the flowers, the signs in every store you walk into—it’s Mother’s Day.…


Momming: Is great too much to ask?

In the filtered reality of social media, setting “great” as a standard for motherhood feels like a lot of added pressure.  But let’s be honest, no…


I will never be a perfect mother

I recently read this and immediately recognized it as one of the truest statements ever… "I was going to be a perfect mother...Then I had children!"…


5 Tips for avoiding Mother’s Day Disappointment

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY WEEK! So…it’s safe to assume that we’re all focused on taking care of our own Moms this week, right? We’re reminiscing about…


Wishing you an Un-Hallmark Mother’s Day

I reserve the right to gripe just a bit about Mother’s Day. Woodrow Wilson wasn’t thinking of preachers’ wives when he signed a bill making the…


Becoming sensitive to God’s presence in a hypersensitive world

“What do you think this is? Chuck E. Cheese?”  My mom used to say things like that when us kids would be climbing on sofas and jumping off chairs—in…


Everyday rhythms that reflect the goodness of God: Breakfast and beauty at our tables

Biscuits with bacon or sausage every weekday morning.  I can still remember my dad asking how many biscuits I wanted for the day as I pulled my…


The Importance of Discernment

A friend asked me about a popular app for Bible study she had been encouraged to use with her daughter. It is popular, well done, and very…


Reflections in the Mirror

April looked intently into the foggy mirror above the bathroom sink. She could not imagine how God could possibly love the person in that…