August 2015

What to Do With Goals When Life Gets Busy

A few years ago, a One Word movement started. Instead of making a long list of resolutions, only to forget them by Presidents’ Day, people started selecting one word to focus on throughout the year. Words such as minimize, savor, and joy. During the month of August, my little color-coded planner got hit hard. Instead of nice and orderly, it became either manic lists or huge chunks of [Read more...]

5 Ways to do Back to School Better

School is in full swing around these parts. The big yellow bus rolls around early in the morn to collect the children and take them off to the land of learning. It is a welcome routine after the daily chaos of summer. The start of school brings its own brand of chaos. Lunches to pack, forms to sign, and the daily question of, “Do you have any homework?” For today’s #FridayFive, [Read more...]

Proverbs for Kids: Put on Your Glasses

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8) Last month, baby brother got glasses. For the past six months, we have waited for Barrett’s eyes to grow and develop, for his weak eye to become stronger. Each time we visited the eye doctor, we got the same report: the weak eye is just weak [Read more...]

Looking Sideways for Holiness

But, if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:7-8) It only took one look around to figure everyone out. I sat with a friend in the waiting room of a free health clinic. Characters of all varieties came in and [Read more...]

Five Favorite Date Nights

My first date with David didn’t even start out as a date. We went to a movie as friends, just as we had countless times before. Then, in a field under the stars, he asked me if I would be more than a friend. My answer, “Yes! If you hadn’t said something tonight, I would have!” We decided to get married on our second date. It was a double date and our friend said, “I [Read more...]

Why Do Good People Die?

Sometimes I don’t understand God. I met a precious lady at a writers’ conference in July. She was beautiful with bright eyes that said, “I know Jesus.” I asked her about her writing. She shared about a book she started when she recovered from cancer six years ago. I affirmed her with high eyebrows and a bright smile. That is a great story. My face melted into concern when she shared the [Read more...]

For the Love: An Experiment in Authenticity

Several months ago, I opened a book that ushered a new grace into my life. Sprinkled in between some of the funniest writing I have read in ages were these deep, challenging truths that made me feel known and understood. People crave what they have always craved: to be known and loved, to belong somewhere. (Jen Hatmaker) Jen Hatmaker wrote a book when she typed out the words that became For the [Read more...]

Making Over My Kids’ Morning

A guest post for Money Saving Mom. At the onset of Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Morning course, she said her love for morning routines began when she was a child. She has a “lifetime of early mornings,” adding up to an effective, purposeful life. Once I completed the course, I went back to that statement: a lifetime of early mornings. I have three kids at the beginning of the [Read more...]

For the Love of Five

Every once in a while, a book generates a lot of buzz. People start buying it, reading it, talking about it. In some cases, their lives are altered by the message it delivers. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker is one of those books. It releases Tuesday, August 18. I have the privilege of serving on the launch team. For months, a group of 500 women [Read more...]

I Created this Monster

I finally had enough. I spent the summer repeating instructions, getting frustrated, yelling, stomping. The straw fell; the camel’s back cracked. It was time to go to piano lessons. One child sat at the table, casually reading a magazine. The baby headed out the door by himself, his sister a few steps behind. I turned to tell the reading child to get up NOW one more time. Then I heard [Read more...]