How the discipline of Sabbath rest saved my daughter’s life

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8 ESV). My daughter, Megan, is a senior in college and struggles with perfectionism and…


Time is part of our mortality: 3 ways to make the minutes slow down

Maybe it’s because this is my final year of teaching, so my last class is graduating soon. Maybe it’s because my oldest just turned ten. Regardless,…


Pointing your preschooler to Jesus

I never really thought about it when my wife and I decided to have kids, but within that decision, we were essentially signing up to become teachers,…


Five biblical truths to anchor your children's identity in Christ

I couldn’t help but care about what others thought about me. Did I say the right thing? Were my feelings and thoughts in line with what others…


A Tale of Two Brothers

Have you ever heard of Edwin Thomas, a master of the stage? During the latter half of the 1800s, this small man with the huge voice had few rivals.…


Giving ourselves grace

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


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…


Children Are Complex

One of our daughters has such a sweet, tender heart, and for a while that's all we saw in her. She served others, prayed for others, and read her…


Parenting overwhelmed children: Using God’s story to help navigate big emotions

My daughter Sophia is a perfect firstborn. She is thoughtful, attempts to do the right thing, and keeps it "together" to the outside world.  People…