Mary, the Wife of Joseph

A few years ago my husband came to me with a job offer in another city.  It was his dream job, the one he planned to keep until retirement.  It would take us to a city we had lived in once before, but it wasn’t home. We lived in our hometown, just a few minutes away from both mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles.  We had an incredible support system of friends and family.  But, he [Read more...]

Christmas With the In-Laws

Christmas is a time of joy and celebration.  It is magic and wonder.  It is Hallmark movies and hot chocolate.  It is peppermint-scented candles and Bing Crosby. Christmas can also be manipulation and power struggles.  It can be passive-aggressive comments around the cookie tray.  It can be not-so-subtle gifts that hurt feelings instead of warm hearts.  It can be tears, yelling, silence, [Read more...]

Respond to the Word of God

Respond to the Word of God is part of the Mrs. Disciple 101 series. If you have kids, you know this scene.  Child, totally engrossed in an activity of choice.  Dinner is ready.  “Child, please wash your hands and come to the table.”  “Yes, mam” (on a good day I get the “mam”).  Sit at table.  Where is child?  Child is still engrossed in activity of [Read more...]

How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible is part of the Mrs. Disciple 101 series. My sweet little baby turned one last week.  Here he is…..   Isn’t he cute?  This first week of toddlerhood, he began to do some of the things I am routinely training him to do.  For example, I hoisted him up to the sink (no small job with this chunky monkey!) to wash hands.  He reached out for the soap for the [Read more...]

The Curse

When we last visited Eve, she had just prepared a meal of forbidden fruit for her husband.  She and Adam were hiding from God, ashamed of their sin.  It was the first sin, the curse that follows us all.  God responds to Eve’s prideful behavior with a consequence that will make pride a stumbling block for her and every Eve to follow. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule [Read more...]

Books for Christmas, Middle School Parents, and Busy Mamas

I love to read.  It makes my list of things to do when I have down time.  It also makes my list of things to make time for.  Here are a few books I finished, started, or I am still reading this week. The Max Lucado Christmas Collection The Max Lucado Christmas Collection by Max Lucado (of course!) contains three Christmas stories to warm your heart in the rush of the Christmas season.  The [Read more...]

In a Christmas State of Mind

  Wake up.  Wipe the fog from my eyes.  Shuffle quietly to the kitchen.  Press start on the Keurig.  Splash in some Peppermint Mocha.  Wrap the afghan around my shoulders to ward of the chill in the air.  Open my Bible. Lord, it’s busy and I don’t feel you all day long.  Please, come here now.  Sit with me a while.  Remind me of Your story.  The one we celebrate with [Read more...]

The Disciplines of a Disciple

I am a goal-oriented person.  I am a sucker for lists, check boxes, and sticker charts.  When my middle school Sunday school teacher created a point system for disciplines such as Bible reading and scripture memory, I was in.  SO in!  How could I lose?  I would make God happy and make my teacher proud.  Added bonus:  a little treasure box full of Jesus loot.  I fixed my sight on a little [Read more...]

She Still Believes in Santa

My sweet Sarah Kate still believes in Santa. She is only 8, so this statement may not surprise you.  Many, dare I say, most children believe in Santa.  But, Santa does not grace our chimney.  He does not bring beautifully wrapped packages to place under our Christmas tree.  He does not declare the familiar Ho-ho-holiday greeting from our rooftop. Yet, she believes. Gennady Spirin (Russian, [Read more...]

A Keep it Simple Christmas

Earlier this week I posted my thoughts on slowing down this Christmas.  I know that I am not the only one out there who wants to turn the volume down a little and savor the quiet this year. I thought I would share a few of my favorite reads from the past week that encouraged a simple Christmas. How We Christmas is a whimsical and real look at ways we can keep the focus on loving God and loving [Read more...]