Faith · Family · Grace

To My Daughter, As You Graduate

For the past almost-19 years, I have been filtering the messages that bombard my children. Movies. Music. TV shows. Headlines. Textbooks. Sermons. All of it. I have attempted to provide the framework through which all of it is filtered and understood. And that framework is based on my ever-growing understanding of the Bible and of…… Continue reading To My Daughter, As You Graduate

Faith · Family

Help me. Help me. Help me. – What it means to abide in God

He is the vine and we are the branches. His banner over me is love.  I’ve sung the chorus so many times. Sitting in a small circle with someone playing the guitar. Standing in front of a roomful of children at Vacation Bible School leading their sweet voices. Driving down the highway belting it out with…… Continue reading Help me. Help me. Help me. – What it means to abide in God

Faith · Family

Sharing from the Scabby Places

I have run from writing this blog post. I’ve written pieces of it in my private journal, and I’ve written it several times over inside my head. Mostly in the wee hours of the dark morning when my body wants more sleep but my brain won’t quiet down and cooperate. My self-preservation instinct tells me…… Continue reading Sharing from the Scabby Places

Family · Joy

Almost Winning

  Jackson’s basketball team has come a long way. In their first game of the season, they entered the third quarter trailing just a little behind the opponent with a score of 32-0. Bless their hearts. When a boy in blue finally scored, all of the parents screamed and cheered as if we’d just nailed the…… Continue reading Almost Winning

Faith · Family

And this too shall pass

  When Rachel was about three months old, she stopped growing. She didn’t gain weight. She didn’t get longer. She couldn’t hold her head up. She still enjoyed being swaddled. Houston, we had a problem. Suddenly, my thoughts and my time were consumed with doctor’s appointments and medical tests and amped-up feeding schedules. There was…… Continue reading And this too shall pass

Family · Holidays

Adjusting Expectations

If your Christmas Eve has started out like mine, maybe you need to read this again. (Originally posted on April 13, 2014.) When my children were younger and I was younger, I felt disappointed often. You see, I had these crazy, ideal expectations. And, of course, they were rarely met. And by rarely I mean never. I would…… Continue reading Adjusting Expectations

Family · Grace

When Parents Blow It

This past Sunday I spoke to our church about parenting wisely. I talked about loving our children irrationally and setting limits and bringing our children up in discipline and instruction, discovering their strengths and encouraging them along the unique path God has for them. After church, several people said very kind words to me about…… Continue reading When Parents Blow It