The Power of a Parent’s Words
Apr 22, 2013
“Mom, you are making me feel dumb” my son said quietly. I drew in a quick breath and exhaled. My heart was pierced by his words. I looked over at my son. He stood there staring at me, the hurt…
The Sanctifying Work of Parenthood
May 2, 2013
A friend recently asked me if I could give her some parenting advice. I smiled and said that I couldn’t because I’m not an expert and don’t know really what I am doing. She laughed and remarked on the ways…
Grace Greater Than All Our Worries
May 13, 2013
“Mommy, what’s the matter?” My son can sense it. The tension and worry that saturates my heart oozes from my presence. “I just have so much on my mind. I forgot to do something, that’s all,” I replied. But that’s…
The Gospel Cure for a Child’s Heart (and Our Own)
Jun 13, 2013
Lying in his bed, with tears running down his face, my son tried to calm down after an emotional outburst. I came into the room to talk to him about it. Snuggling up next to him, we discussed what had…
The Most Frightening Prayer I Could Pray for My Children
Jul 17, 2013
It is easy to pray that God would save my children from pain and grief. But that’s not what they need most.
A Tantrum for My Transformation
Aug 19, 2013
Some days I wake up and nothing seems to go right. The alarm fails to sound. The kids are slow to get ready. The fridge is empty of milk (after I set the table with bowls of cereal). And then…
We Really Need the Gospel
Sep 17, 2013
Someone asked me recently, “If you could say one thing to women, what would it be?” My response was, “You need the gospel more than you think you do.” This sounds rather trite, like something we’ve heard over and over…
A Prayer for the Worried Mom’s Heart
Oct 8, 2013
Worry can creep in and consume any of us. The key is to boldly and consistently hand every care over to God through prayer.
The Idols of a Mother’s Heart
Nov 5, 2013
When you are upset because you can’t do something you’ve wanted to do, it might be because that thing has become an idol in your heart. I said these words one afternoon in response to one of my kids who…
Five Things to Teach Your Children This Christmas
Dec 2, 2013
If we leave our children’s understanding of Christmas to the world, they will miss the most important things. Here are five things to teach them this December.
Don’t Waste Time with Your Children
Jan 15, 2014
“Do you think you’ll always want a story and snuggle time before bed?” I asked my youngest child. Lying amid piles of his stuffed animals, books, and favorite blankets, my son turned to me and smiled. “No, Mom. Probably not.”…
When Distractions Keep Us from Our Kids
Feb 7, 2014
“Mom. Mom. Mom!” I looked up at my son. “I’m sorry. What?” I asked. “Did you hear anything I said?” “No,” I admitted. “I think you are addicted to your phone,” he remarked. Justifications and excuses lingered on the tip…
Four Things to Teach Your Children This Easter
Apr 1, 2014
Spring is upon us. Flowers are beginning to bud, leaves are reappearing on trees, and birds are building their nests. Signs and decorations herald the arrival of our favorite season when we walk into local stores. Bags of plastic eggs…
Speak the Truth to Yourself
Apr 9, 2014
I woke up sick that morning. “I’ll never make it to the end of the day,” I muttered to myself. My husband was due to leave town for work. “How am I going to manage the kids while feeling like…
Show Your Kids the Glory
May 3, 2014
Psalm 145:4–7 is a beautiful Scriptural summary of our responsibility as parents. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will…
Hope for the Despairing Heart
May 9, 2014
Because Christ overcame the world and conquered sin and death, he can resurrect hope in a heart filled with despair.
Preparing for the Storms of Life
Jun 25, 2014
Where I live it is hurricane season. And like anyone familiar with the Atlantic or Caribbean knows, it’s important to be prepared for a hurricane. Every summer we stock up on supplies of batteries, water, canned goods, and other necessities…
The Joy Will Come
Aug 4, 2014
The psalms of lament echo our own struggles with loss and brokenness. But the truth is, these psalms do more than just vent our woes. The psalmist follows a trajectory. He is on a journey, and it’s one we can follow as well.
The Cure for Our Envy
Sep 10, 2014
While our love for Jesus ebbs and flows and is often fickle, his love is constant and unwavering. When we find our heart wandering in envy, we need to remember and return to him, the One who is always jealous for his Bride.
One Question God Always Answers
Oct 7, 2014
Just as my children ask questions about life, I have questions of my own. When the storms of life come upon me suddenly, I immediately ask, “Why is this happening to me?”
The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope
Nov 4, 2014
This short book by eight women explores the daily trials, worries, and hopes in motherhood.
God Writes a Great Story
Nov 5, 2014
Scripture gives us the backstory of this world, and a vision of where we’re headed. God tells us how the world came to be, how sin came into the Garden, and what God is doing about it. It’s a story we need to remember.
Trading Fear for Fear
Jan 9, 2015
Scripture has a lot to say about fear. Yet not all fear is the same. Pursue the only healthy kind: the fear of God.
Remembering the Unquantifiable Love of God
Feb 10, 2015
Real love isn’t something you can measure by counting up cards and gifts. The love God has for us is beyond numbers and can’t be tallied.