Replacing the idol of perfection in our planning with the Lord’s purposes

It’s easy to fall into one of two extremes when it comes to planning our days as parents. We either plan to the point of becoming crippled and…


How to potty train two kids in four hours

Guys, I know this sounds silly, but sometimes, I truly, deeply in my core, feel like once everyone in my household can go to the bathroom in the…


Messengers of mercy: Teaching hard lessons to our kids

There are so many lessons in life.  Lessons we welcome and lessons we wish to rebuke.  Lessons that we hold dear to our soul and lessons we want to…


Honest inventory

Our lives are messy and full. Most of the time we are operating past a healthy capacity. I have been feeling the fatigue of unhealthy limits lately.…


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…