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

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

Faith · Grace

Compelled By Love & Shaken Free

At this time in 2007, only 7 little years ago, my family had just taken a huge, scary plunge of faith. After thinking about it and praying about it and talking about it every which we way we could, we finally just did it. Patrick quit his job so we could work full-time with an international…… Continue reading Compelled By Love & Shaken Free

Faith · Family · Grace

Getting rid of the expectation of perfection

  When I notice an underlying grouchiness in my spirit, a tendency to criticize all the people around me, that feeling that I can barely stand to be around anyone – then I know it’s time for me to do a little attitude-adjusting. Lately, I’ve been feeling bristly. My kids have been accusing me of…… Continue reading Getting rid of the expectation of perfection

Friends · Grace

The Gift of “Me Too!”

The more I learn about people and the more I learn about myself, the more I am convinced that one of our basic needs is to not feel alone. We are not meant to be alone. Not physically. Not emotionally. In the dailyness, when I’m doggie-paddling and hoping to stay afloat, I long to hear…… Continue reading The Gift of “Me Too!”

Faith · Grace

Repurposed Pain ~ My Messy Beautiful

This essay is part of the Messy Beautiful Warrior Project. To learn more about this project, click HERE.  To learn more about Glennon Doyle Melton’s bestselling memoir, Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, just released in paperback, click HERE.  No pain is ever wasted. Years ago, one of my mentors told…… Continue reading Repurposed Pain ~ My Messy Beautiful