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…


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…


Learning to be present for my children

Learning to be present for my children

When my late wife Chastidy was battling terminal cancer, and the animation studio I helped start was falling apart, I went on my first personal…


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…


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…


Choosing gratitude

Choosing gratitude

“Ok, let’s all say what we’re grateful for,” my dad smiles in delight. It’s Thanksgiving Day, and we’re continuing our annual tradition. We slowly…


Lay it down

Lay it down

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). The evenings can be tough, especially if you’re an anxious person like me.…