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…


Survival Mode

If you’ve ever walked through an incredibly stressful season or some difficult circumstances, you may have experienced what myself and others call…


Mothering with chronic pain: His grace is sufficient for me

Since being diagnosed with Lyme disease about four years ago, my body has been in a daily wrestling match with chronic pain.  Some days are easier…


Seven ways children react to grief

One of the hardest things after my husband died was not only dealing with my grief but also watching my children try to grapple with theirs.  My…


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…


Surrendering our children to God means surrendering their entitled lives

Surrendering our children to God means surrendering their entitled lives

It was by all accounts an idyllic day.  The sky arching over the ocean was clear, cerulean blue after a week of heavy clouds and drenching afternoon…


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.…


Parenting overwhelmed children: Using God’s story to help navigate big emotions

My daughter Sophia is a perfect firstborn. She is thoughtful, attempts to do the right thing, and keeps it "together" to the outside world.  People…


Are you hurting today? 10 ways to find contentment in suffering

Suffering. Why must we suffer? If God is a good and faithful Father, how can he leave us to trudge through the ruthlessness of a world that rips…