How fifteen minutes could save your relationship with your teen

This weekend something came up—once again—with one of our sons. It was an incident related to the way he treats one of his brothers, and honestly,…


How to Model God’s Design for Marriage

I (Kristin) don't like clutter. I like tidy spaces and cleared counters—everything in its place. My kids know this about me. Some of them share this…


Can we hardly wait to continue our course?

I was struck by these words through the Message translation of Philippians 1 recently. Since motherhood is the course that marks most of my days, it…


A script to preach to myself

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11a   I’ll never forget the first time a girl in…


Time is part of our mortality: 3 ways to make the minutes slow down

Maybe it’s because this is my final year of teaching, so my last class is graduating soon. Maybe it’s because my oldest just turned ten. Regardless,…


Pointing your preschooler to Jesus

I never really thought about it when my wife and I decided to have kids, but within that decision, we were essentially signing up to become teachers,…


Today we say the long goodbye. . . again

Have you ever lost a child?  The pain, the grief, the disbelief of losing a child is something most of us have no desire to imagine. Even the thought…


Resting in the Father in a time of an ever-changing landscape

Navigating life through a pandemic has felt a little like walking through a proverbial minefield. And doing it as a mom who works to be intentional…


Confident parenting: Barefoot before the perfect Father

“Didn’t you know? We live like animals around here,” I said, a bit embarrassed.  The other mom’s face lit up, “Oh, we don’t have screens, either,”…