Dear Mommy-to-be, Congratulations, little mama! You’re in the home stretch, and it’s almost time to hold your newest little nugget in your arms. As you prepare to welcome a new tiny human into this big scary world, may I share just a few thoughts from the Word of God? Thoughts meant to encourage your heart…Read More
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What Happens When Christmas is Blue?
“I know it’s Christmas, but I just feel sad!” What is a parent to do if their child just isn’t joyful this Christmas season? While you’ll find plenty of articles and blogs that deal with adult depression and darkness during the holiday season, there’s an unspoken expectation that children will just automatically be filled…Read More
Christmas Isn’t Just for the Kids!!
Christmas is the perfect season to establish new and meaningful traditions! Whether it’s loading everyone in the family car to drive around looking at Christmas lights or reading aloud beloved books that only come out during the holiday season, it’s so fun to develop new holiday routines that will bring joy to the whole…Read More
Like it… Love it… Gotta have it?
Are you looking for a way to turn the holidays into a time of spiritual growth, family unity, and wonderful lifelong memories? Start this Christmas season off right by helping your family turn their focus off of self and on to serving others! Christmas is one of those holidays that, if we’re not careful, can…Read More
Sometimes, we’re much more American, than we are biblical in our parenting! We, Americans, are known for our drive for success. We tackle goals and take great delight when we can check them off on our to-do lists. We strive for more and better; higher heights and exciting new challenges. Which is great…When it comes…Read More
Oh Those “Foxy” Foxes!
Do you remember the old Disney classic, The Fox and the Hound? It doesn’t matter how many times we watched that movie, (and you know how it goes with kids… for a while we watched it over and over and over!) I still cried at the end. Who could resist the adorable little fox,…Read More
Sometimes, We Just Shouldn’t Ask!
If you’ve ever heard us teach, you know that Steve and I think asking questions is one of the most important skills we can utilize. Whether it’s in our marriages, our parenting, or with friends and co-workers, asking good questions can diffuse defensiveness and side-step problems before they become major issues. However, there are some…Read More
Transparency is Transformational
Once upon a time my children had me on a pedestal… They thought I knew everything, could fix anything, and certainly didn’t struggle with the same frustrations and temptations they faced each day. To them, I had it all together. Honestly, when they were little, that Parenting Pedestal was a nice place to hang out.…Read More
Are you feeling like a parenting failure? Do your children’s mistakes loom large, while their successes seem miniscule? Does every day seem like a repeat of the previous day’s letdowns, disappointments, or fiascos If I’m honest, I’ve had too many episodes of feeling Just.Like.That. There’s been too many days that failure filled the home screen…Read More
You Can Lead a Horse to Water…
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” —Well-known Indian saying— “You can’t make a horse drink, but you can certainly salt his oats!” —Lesser-known Scheibner saying— Don’t you wish you could just inject your kids with a passion for the church? Wouldn’t a vaccination of Christian craving be…Read More