I love reading books and stories about Christians who lived in the past. Those missionaries, martyrs, men and women who walked faithfully with God long before I was even born are my heroes. So often, they didn’t have the freedoms, or fellowship, or even simple conveniences that I have to help me in my…Read More
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Do You Want to Become a Supermodel?
I love the church. I love all that it presents. I love that in the body of Christ I can see Jesus so clearly represented. I love that within that body there is so much variety. So many different personalities. So many different gifts. And talents. And manifestations of God among us. I love…Read More
Finger-Pointing and Blame Assessing
Wow! If we believe everything we read and hear these days, the church just can’t do anything right. In the past week alone, I’ve read blogs condemning the church for being too judgmental, too rigid, too boring, too demanding, and therefore, driving young people away. I’ve also read blogs accusing the church of being…Read More
A Heart of Creativity
When our oldest son, Peter, was still a pre-teen, we gave him an old video camera. Little did we know the doors that camera would unlock in Peter’s life! The freedom and creativity he discovered through filmmaking opened the doors of his imagination in every area of study. Today, Peter is a professional filmmaker. He has…Read More
Good Manners, It’s Never Too Early
Good Manners are so important for everyone. “It’s never too early to teach our children good manners.” Here is an excerpt from our “Rise and Shine” Cookbook. “Knowing when to say please, thank you, you’re welcome, excuse me, pardon me, and other expressions of good character, will set our children apart.…Read More
Open Window Opportunities
I blew it yesterday… Me, the mom who prays every morning that she won’t miss a single opportunity with the kids still at home, blew it. In a house full of teens and young adults, the chance to hear what’s going on in one of their hearts is priceless, precious, and of inestimable value. Yesterday,…Read More
Who’s Guilty Anyway?
Do you struggle with guilt when one of your children fails? I know that I do! Whether it’s a failing grade, an ill-timed practical joke that causes hurt, or words that should never have been spoken, the failure of a child causes me untold grief and self-condemnation. Is that how it has to be?…Read More
It’s Launch Time!
As many of you know, for the past few months I’ve been working on a project that is near and dear to my heart! The Toddler Toolbox is a compilation of “All things toddler!” When we travel to conferences and speak in churches, so many of the questions I answer have to do with parenting…Read More
Terrific Toddlers, Oh How I Miss Them!
Nothing will send me tearfully reeling down memory lane than a few months spent putting together a resource for the mommies of toddlers! As I took notes, sorted through old scrapbooks, researched “favorite” toys, books, and recipes, I couldn’t help the feelings of nostalgia that began to flood my heart. Where, oh where, have these…Read More
The Never-Ending Nature of Motherhood
I like to finish projects. There’s just something about wrapping up what I’ve begun that gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I want to check the final box, finish every detail, pack it up and move on to the next thing. There’s just one problem… I’m a mother! Motherhood just doesn’t lend itself to…Read More