5 tips for remaining connected to your spouse when life is chaotic

5 tips for remaining connected to your spouse when life is chaotic

I’ll never forget the day I got the call. My dad’s heart had failed.  The left chamber was no longer able to pump blood into his organs. They, too,…


Reach out and reconnect

Reach out and reconnect

My best lessons in friendship came during my loneliest season of friendship.  As a newlywed in a new city, I started at square one. I got invited to…


Living out God’s original plan for family

I believe with all my heart that the first, best community God created was the family.  During creation, on day six he built his masterpiece: humans.…


Connecting to your child’s heart

We were having a few friends over in the afternoon, and I had prepared a tray full of matching teacups, a crystal dish of sugar, and an array of…


Four ways God equips us to love our in-laws

Sometimes it’s easy to consider our in-laws as exceptions to the rules of biblical wisdom.  We’ll apply certain passages to every other relationship…


Why I don’t tell my kids to be nice

Crunch crunch, smack. Like nails on a chalkboard, I could hear the open-mouthed chewing of one of my children from across the room.  Chew with your…


Emotions: How parenting can cause a heart change

I think one of the most annoying parts of parenting is when you are disciplining a kid, and you know that it’s something you are personally terrible…


Hindering hurt, rendering hope

Today hurts. Last week hurt. Last year hurt.  As I sit this morning, unable to pinpoint the source of my hurt, I feel distracted. See, hurt can be…


Talking with your kids about dating and relationships

My daughter, Monica, came home one day after grammar school and announced, “When I see boys I want to hug them and kiss them.” Then the question,…