The sixth member in a family of five

I recently read an essay, “The Lives of Others,” from Joshua Gibbs about hospitality. As he was discussing hurdles for our lack of inviting people…


Generosity starts in the home

On the days when it seemed my young children were trying to win a world record for the ferocity of their arguments or the pitch of their whining, I…


My problem with answered prayer

My daughter, Faith, was born at twenty-three weeks gestation, weighing only 450 grams. Four grams is less than a pound. She was given no chance of…


Survival by surrender

Most of us possess a natural desire to control our circumstances and the people in our lives, especially when times are tough (like during a global…


Wait in the wilderness: Your promised future is coming

Have you ever prayed that God would reveal something to you?  OK, not just prayed—begged.  Like, you ask and ask and ask and never know exactly how…


Pour out your heart before him

I don’t know about you, but these uncertain times have me anxious. I feel it in my bones, deep within me. My mind often runs on a loop, and I feel…


Five ways to stir up curiosity about faith in our kids

Our kids are curious by design. They are watching, imitating, pushing the boundaries, and constantly asking questions because they have an innate…


Don’t squander sacred moments: 5 daily practices to sweeten your family’s life

Years ago, I commemorated each new year with a planner. I carefully blocked out days and events, like birthdays and holidays, and couldn't wait to…


LEGO’s: The building blocks of faith

I have a confession to make: One of my secret joys is building LEGO sets with my kids. It doesn’t matter what we’re building, I just enjoy the whole…