This one choice can make or break your year

I was mad. Hurt. Fed up. Over what? Oh, the usual.  My husband—can’t he see I need some attention? My kids—why are they acting so entitled? Did I…


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…


3 keys to parenting with Jesus

I was not natural at parenting. While other teen girls were babysitting, I was busy with worldly things. No mama in her right mind would trust me…


Look up, parents: You are seen, known, and chosen

I opened up my Bible next to a window overlooking our backyard and was about to delve into the Gospel of Mark, when I looked up to see a baby deer…


Learning to be in the “No”

Every week, there are dozens of opportunities out there rapping on our doors, trying to get us to say yes to a request.  It's that co-worker who…


Your child’s greatest advocate is not you

As parents, there is a word that carries much meaning and significance as we strive to fulfill our calling to lead our children into the fullness of…


Perfectly imperfect: Guiding your kids to press on

This “perfectly imperfect” truth all hit me when I was outside playing catch with my four year old son. He loved baseball, and as much as I tried, I…


For the parent who feels powerless

While sitting in my car in the pick-up line at school, I was doing what you might guess. I was scrolling through Instagram as I often do while I wait…


Raise the child you have, not the child you want

I have a friend who learned her daughter had cancer after her visit to the pediatrician when she was 2-years-old. Her blood work was off, and this…