April 2015

The No Radio Road Trip

Remember when you were dating and you could talk for hours about nothing and everything? Now that kids and jobs and budgets are a part of the picture, our conversations tend to revolve around kids and jobs and budgets. I don’t know about you, but our conversations tend to be short, business-like and to the point. They go a little something like this: What are you doing Thursday? I have a team [Read more...]

Say What You Need to Say

Say What You Need to Say is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. Several years ago, a repeating scene played out at our home almost every week. My husband would ask if I minded if he played tennis. Being the godly, submissive wife, I almost always said yes. While he was away I would brew and stew about it. Didn’t he realize I needed time out? Didn’t he know that I needed him [Read more...]

What Age Should My Daughter Wear Makeup?

My small group recently did a few weeks of Wisdom Seeking, a Q & A session where we shared our thoughts on questions presented by members of our group. We went through The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst and used the remaining weeks to practice what we had learned–wisdom seeking. Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. Proverbs 1:5 I enjoyed the Q [Read more...]

Leah the Unloved Wife

Leah the Unloved Wife is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife Light began to peek through the seams of the tent. Morning was inevitable. Leah knew Laban’s charade would soon come to a heartbreaking end. She drew the blanket close to her chin, savoring the warmth and misdirected love of her husband, Jacob. As soon as the light from the sun hit her homely face, her heart would [Read more...]

Self-Care Without Guilt

The back of my mind is a busy place. I bet yours is, too. No matter what I am doing, there is a list of things running around back there, jumping up and down, begging for my attention. Those little things jump higher and yell louder if I am doing something for me. Like an angry mob, they join forces and chant one word that causes me to question the validity of my choice for self-care: [Read more...]

Survey Says

Way back in the early 2000’s, back when I first joined Facebook (what did I do with my free time before then?!), surveys were a big deal. Remember answering all kinds of random questions, posting them in your notes, and tagging friends? So fun! So when I found a survey on Flower Patch Farm Girl, I just had to play along! You know what they say about imitation and flattery. Reading…The [Read more...]

Thank You Mom

Birthdays are a time to reflect and rejoice. On my birthday, I like to think about where I have been, where I am, and where I am going. Today is my mom’s birthday. So I get to reflect on where she has been and rejoice in who she is. Reflecting back to before she became “Mom,” back when she was “Mommy,” I can imagine the struggles we kids never saw. Having 4 kids must [Read more...]

A Peek Inside My Journal

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12 I just returned from digging in a box in the basement. Not one of those frustrated “where did I put that” digs. It was a treasure hunt of sorts. I have a Rubbermaid box full of journals from the last 20 years. It [Read more...]

Wisdom Saves the Day!

Every good story has a bad guy and a hero. The badder the guy and the gooder the hero, the better the story. We can get lost in the action of good versus evil. A good sword fight is thrilling as we see the hero dominate with acrobatics and a shining blade. Girl dramas pit the popular mean girl against the quiet good girl. We love to see that mean girl get what is coming to her at the homecoming [Read more...]

Family Guidelines for Screen Time

On December 17, 1963, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” played for the first time on American radio. It ignited a fire that quickly spread across the country called Beatlemania. By February of 1964, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was Billboard Magazine’s number one hit. Following the Beatles rocket to fame, American culture was bombarded by British music, fashion, and film [Read more...]