Hockey, Slurpees, and Jesus: Everyday faith adventures with our kids

Ice-level hockey in face masks. That was this season.  With use of distancing on benches, strict rink regulations, juggling gearing up outdoors in…


Giving ourselves grace

I recently received an email invitation for a gathering to encourage women in younger life stages about womanly issues, specifically “embracing…


When your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

The church was packed. The music was loud. Lily clasped her hands over her ears and started to shake. Her father gave her a pair of earphones and…


Wishing you an Un-Hallmark Mother’s Day

I reserve the right to gripe just a bit about Mother’s Day. Woodrow Wilson wasn’t thinking of preachers’ wives when he signed a bill making the…


Becoming sensitive to God’s presence in a hypersensitive world

“What do you think this is? Chuck E. Cheese?”  My mom used to say things like that when us kids would be climbing on sofas and jumping off chairs—in…


Unexpected and blessed: Surprises in Scripture and life

Nine years ago, my husband and I welcomed into our lives an unexpected blessing that has forever changed our lives.  Our daughter found her…


Self-care tips for parents of special needs children

One weekend in the spring of 2014, my five-year-old son spiked a little fever. By Monday, that fever had jumped to 105 degrees, and he could barely…


Praying psalms over your kids to find an oasis

I love praying Scripture over my children, and I have done it for a long time.  The Lord has given me a specific psalm for each of my children, and…


Where do you turn when you need encouragement?

While our parenting journey changes over time, it never ends. As an empty nester, the heavy lifting certainly is behind me, but I still can find…