A friend to the lonely

"I don't want to go to school! I.Dont.Want.To!" This wasn't a cry I hadn't heard before from this child. In fact, it's often uttered daily. He doesn't want to get dressed. He mumbles and grumbles many days all the way through the morning routine. But this cry was different. It was a gut-wrenching cry that…

Pray. Believe.

One of the toughest jobs I have ever had has been being a parent. While wildly rewarding, it can also be the most heartbreaking of tasks. I question my influence as a parent and a caretaker of many other kids daily. Some times multiple times a day. I question if they even listen. If the…

Dear Weary Mama…

  Dear Weary Mama, I know the kind of day you have had. Today was one of those "nice" days. One of those days when the chill of winter was finally gone from the air. There was not a cloud in the sky. The sun was shining, and the temperature just right. After a season…

An open letter to a young father

The picture above is me at around 22. My oldest about 3. Tomorrow that little boy will be celebrating the first birthday of his own son, at the tender age of 21. Tonight as we settle down for Sunday dinner and celebrate this precious life on the eve of that momentous birthday, I want that…

Mom: One beautiful, slimy, mess

I have a confession when it comes to the idea of the “perfect” mom. It has to do with my kitchen. Well, let me be honest, the downstairs portion of my house. The parts of the house that people can see. See, I have this deep hatred of slime-making. For about 4 months this summer…

Before the world tells her different

Sassy, Stubborn. Bull-headed. Words I often use to describe my daughter. The words I use to describe the battle of wills endured here at home. After the "No, I won't," and "Yes, you wills." After the demands to do this and not that. To wear boots in July. Flip-flops in winter. The demands to have…

Courage when things go bump in the night

"Don't be afraid," he said, "take courage, I am here." Matthew 14:27 Recently, we moved out of the house we had lived in for nine years. For those years we were comforted and secure inside its walls. We had time to get used to every noise. The environment around us. Every creek. Every dark corner.…

There will surely be days like this

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you through it. 1 Corinthians 10:13, MSG Some days…

I am His

For we are God's masterpiece...Ephesians 2:10 Once again...I have failed. The dishes are unwashed in the sink. Nothing has been accomplished due to pain and sickness. The house is still a mess. There are still bits of the failed attempt at dinner on the floor. After months of just trying to get through homework. Of…

To the Mom Wondering Where She Went Wrong

Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9 Dear Mom, I see you there. Weary. Worried. Wondering where you went wrong. I know you worry about judgment, condemnation, and the whispers that you must have done something wrong. There must be something you did for…