Parenting

Pure Imagination

I don’t believe that God sits in heaven frowning at us when we use our imaginations as a part of how we frame our theology. He gave us imagination for a reason.

When You Stand Outside A Grave

It doesn’t matter what your circumstances look like. It doesn’t matter how dead things seem to appear. He’s still the God of the impossible.

When Anxiety Assails

I went through a horrible period of panic/anxiety attacks when I was a young mom. And the worst part of it all was that I thought God was punishing me.

Speaking Through a Mommy Moment

In my mind, I thought, “Does God actually care about how I discipline them in this specific situation? Does He really care?”

All The Coffee & All The Grace

I have been known to drive 45 minutes one way to hang out, drink coffee, and write. It fuels me. And I always take advantage of the long drives.

Surprised by Pregnancy, Marveled by God

I didn’t want to be pregnant just yet. I didn’t really even like kids. I wanted to pursue my career. So, as you can imagine, those first few weeks of pregnancy were rough.

The Bubble

I lay awake at night wondering if I’m doing the right thing or completely messing them up forever. The words of the Bible-study mom ring in my ears, “You can’t keep them in a bubble forever!”

My Worst Homeschool Mistakes

Whether you’re a homeschool veteran or a terrified newbie, you may find yourself trying to figure out how to make the dance beautiful for your family.

A Word to the Expectant Mother

You can’t afford to give an ear to all the voices that are trying to speak into you right now. Your heart is the place from which your very life flows.

Sinking Sand

Emotions are fleeting, and they cannot be trusted. Oh, and that running negative dialogue in your head? It can’t be trusted either. But what can be trusted? The living Word of God.

Pain Reminds Us What’s Important

All that other little stuff that we often let bother us… isn’t worth it. Enjoy life as much as you can and thank the Lord every single day.

Well Worth It

I must admit that I have a recurring tendency to picture God looking down on me with disappointment as if I’ve failed Him one too many times to be a kid He could ever be proud of.

I’m Just a Kid

To parent my kids well, I’m going to have to be okay with the fact that I’m just a kid, too. I don’t know everything, I can’t see the future, and I can’t possibly control what kind of adults they’ll be.

How Do You Measure Success?

The big house would fall down, the money would be spent, the clothes would be outgrown, and the babbles would easily be broken. Why measure success in things that tarnish?

He Matters, Too

On this Father’s Day, I want to give a special shout out to all the dads in the waiting. I just want to remind you that God sees you.

Only A Dad by Edgar Guest

Doing, with courage stern and grim, 
The deeds that his father did for him. 
This is the line that for him I pen, 
Only a dad, but the best of men.

The Life of David Part VII: Fatherhood

David was a much better king than he was a father. Many men who are great at their jobs or in church work fail to lead the next generation of their family

Chasing Our God-Given Vision

In a world that pulls for our undivided attention at every turn, we all need a God-given vision to push us forward. Things don’t have to be perfect in order for us to begin what God has laid on our hearts. We can start sharing Jesus right where we are.

Taking Crackers From Dad’s Plate

The anxiety was too much sometimes. I mean, even as God was giving us wonderful accommodations for our travels beyond what we could find on our own, I worried.