How to Rest Better This Year

My son never fails to enjoy the walk from the car to our front door. He starts with the little anthill in the crack of the driveway, watching the worker ants carry fine grains of dirt to their home. He runs after our cat with his arm outstretched and curious, seeking the softness of her fur. As he climbs the steps of our walkway, he finds interesting leaves, spiky sweet gum balls, and an acorn [Read more...]

It’s Not Too Late for a New Beginning

The start of a new year begs for a new beginning. By now you may be in week two of your new workout routine or half-way through Genesis in your One Year Bible. Your closets are clean, and you get eight solid hours of sleep each night. I love it! Three cheers for fresh starts and makeovers! Or you may be like me—January 1 came and went without a single goal written in the brand new planer. [Read more...]

Can You See God at Work in Your Life?

“On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” ~Psalm 138:3 ESV Lord, I’m desperate for direction. Should I return to work or stay home a little longer? Closing my prayer journal, I picked up my phone and tapped the email icon in hopes of finding the answer to my prayer in the form of a job offer. I had sent my resume out to prospective employers and submitted [Read more...]

Most Popular Posts of 2017

We like to usher out every year with “year in review” lists. This year’s review holds some heart-breakers: the Las Vegas shooting, multiple hurricanes, and rising racial tension. We witnessed bravery as women stepped forward, naming names and sharing their #metoo stories. It wasn’t all bad news. We enjoyed a solar eclipse, a royal engagement, and a video of real mom-life [Read more...]

Remembering the Holiness of Christ

The first time I held my babies, their innocence overwhelmed me. They were helpless and perfect, not even a hint of malice in their searching eyes. But after thirteen years of parenting, I am under no illusion that my children are perfect. As a matter of fact, their flaws often mirror my own. We lose our tempers quickly. Hunger and fatigue highlight our tendencies toward sin. Unwelcome sarcasm is [Read more...]

Being Brave Together

My three-year-old son, Barrett, squealed with delight as the waves of the Gulf Coast waters washed over his feet. A full year passed since his last jaunt in the ocean. Even though he grew bigger between visits, the swell of the water a few yards in still intimidated him. He wanted to go deeper, but the fear of what his eyes saw kept him on the shore. My husband scooped him up and headed toward [Read more...]

5 Favorite Books from My 2017 Reading List

The time has come to wrap books and place them under the tree. It’s also time to make our reading lists for the upcoming year. I love must-read book recommendations from trusted friends and writers. I consider it a gift when you read something and think to recommend it to me. This reading list is my gift to you. Seventy-five books graced my nightstand or earbuds in 2017. These are my top [Read more...]

How I Traumatized My Children on Christmas Morning

The struggle to keep Jesus at the center of Christmas resurfaces every year. Christian bookstores present new Advent products at the beginning of each season. Mommy bloggers publish reading schedules and offer crafts to help point our little ones to Jesus. Our struggle reaches its pinnacle on Christmas morning when we try to balance the excitement of unwrapping gifts with the celebration of [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Flight

Airports offer excellent people-watching opportunities. While waiting to board a plane, I heard a small voice behind me repeating, “Daddy! I don’t want to miss the flight!” I could hear the anxiety in the boy’s voice as he ran to the window to observe the activity on the tarmac. His dark eyes searched for a way to get out to the waiting plane. His eyebrows tried to meet in the middle, [Read more...]

How to Pray with Childlike Faith

“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 HCSB) My three-year-old son’s bedtime routine is the same every night–take a bath, brush teeth, read a book and a Bible story, and pray. I usually say the prayer and let him add prayer requests and his own list of things he is thankful [Read more...]