Three practical steps to embracing God's plans (and letting go of your own)

“Laney, take your shoes off. Feel the new ground. You have no shoes to fill.”  I knew the Holy Spirit was speaking to the pressure I put on myself to…


Six Conversations to Have with Your Teen about Sexuality

Six conversations to have with your teen about sexuality

Is there a more difficult hot-button topic for Christian teens today than issues of sexuality? Secular culture has their own version of “good news”:…


what good moms are supposed to do

What “good” moms are supposed to do

By the time our second child, Brett, came along, I was pretty sure I had the parenting thing all figured out since, you know, I’d been a mom for…


Finding freedom from hurry

Finding freedom from hurry

The words were so full of the grace I craved, I nearly wept. I’d been reading Rowan Williams’ Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another,…


Running on empty

Running on empty

I sighed and looked at the gas gauge in my vehicle—ten miles to empty. Oh gas gauge, I thought, I can relate. Why is it always like this? So much to…


The gift of being present for your children

The gift of being present for your children

We live in a society (and a time in history) where we have a plan for everything. Knowledge and information are only a click away, which has given us…


The motherhood myth of Mary Poppins

The motherhood myth of Mary Poppins

My boys were five, three, and a baby when I walked into my mother-in-law’s kitchen. There was Anna, up early, making a big breakfast, chatting with…


Preach the Gospel to yourself first, then your children

Preach the gospel to yourself first, then your children

Sin.  That heavy, one-syllable word that can feel like a gut punch when we stop and ponder our own. As Christian parents we can jokingly say we’re…


You are not a bad mom

You are not a bad mom

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is…