The power of music and worship for children

The power of music and worship for children

I believe in the power of music. Practically nothing else is as sticky and powerful as a melody. It enables us to jump back in time to a memory that…


How to fall apart well

 I am a mom of four kids and I just recently learned how to fall apart.  As a young toddler, I lost my dad and older sister in a car wreck. My mom…


Cultivating friendship with people who think differently

Cultivating friendship with people who think differently

When we started attending our current church two years ago, my mother-in-law offered to drive me each Tuesday morning to the mom’s group at our…


Transitions: Finding peace in the in-between

Finding peace in the midst of transitions

Out of all four seasons, summer and fall typically carry with them the most transitions. And in parenting, we experience the joys and challenges of…


To the lonely stay-at-home mom: 6 ways to cope with social isolation

To the lonely stay-at-home mom: 6 ways to cope with social isolation

Learning to cope with social isolation as a stay-at-home mom can create a heart of gratitude rather than despair. Some people are energized by…


3 Truths to demolish mom guilt

3 Truths to demolish mom guilt

“I hate you, you @*&!%” My 5-year-old daughter screamed at the nurse as she prepped the needle. Everyone in the room, including my husband and I,…


3 Everyday family moments that can become faith-filled prayers

3 Everyday family moments that can become faith-filled prayers

I will never forget holding my precious, beautiful daughter in my arms and tearfully confessing to my friend, “I think I’m a bad mom.”  At that…


Embrace the wow of now

Embrace the wow of now

It was Sunday afternoon and our new family of five—including our brand-new daughter, Annie—was doing our best to leave the house and make the…


Stop negative self-talk

Stop negative self-talk

During parent night at our local junior high, the eighth-grade advanced English teacher explained his challenging, yet doable, curriculum. He ended…