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…


Reflect and prepare with your family for the new year

Reflect and prepare with your family for the new year

I love this week between Christmas and New Year! I love the smell of a fresh planner and opening a new pack of pens. And to make it even sweeter, I…


God who prepares a home for us

God who prepares a home for us

The topic of home brings me great delight and more than a bit of angst.  I believe we are designed to long for a home—a safe place, a shelter from…


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,…


How do I teach my child to be thankful and not entitled?

How do I teach my child to be thankful and not entitled?

Dear Mattsons,  My kids seem to be entitled and have so much. How do I teach them to truly be thankful? Sincerely, End the Entitlement You can start…


Tips for partnering with your child’s teacher

Tips for partnering with your child’s teacher

As a Christian parent, I believe all God’s children deserve a quality education. Not just my own three children (now grown!), but also my two…


Parent Differently: Raise kids with biblical character that changes culture

Parent Differently: Raise kids with biblical character that changes culture

Is character really a big deal? For your children to develop biblical character, you need to pay attention to and address what they believe. I’ve…