Helping your child with lying

Did you know that honesty and truth telling are part of living a blessed life (Psalm 34:12–13)? But we still lie. Why is that? Often it’s because we…


Five ways to actually get God’s word into your heart

Reading the Bible can be intimidating. Sometimes I feel like I’m reading words that go in one eye and out the other. And at church, the words of the…


“How one simple practice changed the way I parent”

“What do you need to confess, Mommy?”  I rephrased my son’s question in my mind. What don’t I need to confess?  I didn’t realize that in teaching my…


Right thinking leads to right living

“I’ll pay anyone twenty dollars to memorize the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23.” Our family of six was sitting around the dinner table, having a…


How can Christians cultivate joy in the midst of hardship?

Raise your hand (or give me a raised hand emoji) if you’ve felt like you’ve been fighting the fight to find the joy in this season right now? Just…


Love can restore what Satan knocks down

I think the devil likes dominoes. He likes to create a spark of conflict or annoyance with an acquaintance—the first domino falls—then he throws in…


Running into grace

A common misconception about my family is that since both of my grandfathers were evangelists and preachers, everyone in the family must be saints.…


Freedom in Christ—a more enjoyable way to live

We've been preparing for our longest RV trip yet, which means making far too many pink and orange highlighted lists and checking them a gazillion…


Surrendering to God’s call

When God prompted us to adopt Joy three years ago, it came out of the blue—days before our twenty year wedding anniversary. For seven years, I’d…