Surviving a southern snowstorm without self-dependence

Stomping the snow from my boots, I whipped through the door and peeled off my hot pink mittens. Was that goat poop or just dirt? I’d never know.…


Under Pressure

What’s pressure? Another word for fear. It’s fear that tells us, You’re not good enough. Pressure can overcome many athletes in big moments. It can…


3 ways we parents wrongly teach kids to earn God’s approval

As parents we hate to see our kids live with the burden of trying to gain approval. Or worrying if they are going to be accepted by their looks,…


Modeling and teaching love: It starts with Christ

“Above all else, love each other deeply” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV).  I’ve been so struck by these words recently that I even purchased a watercolor painting…


How a conscientious thief reminded me of the godly legacy I long to leave

A car thief in Oregon evidently has a soft spot for children. After he stole an unlocked car, he noticed a small child in the backseat. He promptly…


The 401k of kids: What are you investing in?

I wish I had been smarter with my money so much earlier in life. Granted, there are still many days my last few dollars go to Starbucks instead of my…


Why Engaging Teens with Scripture is Mission-Critical

Parents.  Teens.  Scripture.  In the great mixing bowl of life, these things don’t always seem to blend together very well—or that often. But they…


Get out! Here’s what to do if your kid is screen-addicted

My ten-year-old son loves video games. He thinks about them all the time. Even on the way to church, he has been known to ask out-of-the-blue…


Zero expectations

Expectations... they get me every time.  When expectations are met, life is good. All is well. Everyone is happy. Everyone wins. I love it when life…