The Truth of the Gospel Found in the Editor’s Red Ink

During my school-aged years, I developed an affinity for the letter A, especially when followed by a little plus sign. It became an indicator of perfection. I developed an even greater distaste for a teacher’s correcting pen. Her red marks on my test papers were evidence that I was not perfect. They were an indicator of my failed attempt to recall the information correctly or solve the [Read more...]

To the Mama Who Feels Like No One Listens

My kids don’t listen to me. Moms, you know the scene all too well. You give direction and instruction to your children from birth to graduation. You teach them how to wipe, how to put away their toys, and how to be respectful to adults. Day in and day out, gentle wisdom flows from your mouth like the soft waters of a babbling brook. You look at your precious little ones and not so little [Read more...]

Parenting a Middle Schooler with Love

This morning, I sent my daughter off to middle school with a prayer and a kiss on her head. In the past 45 minutes, we laughed, hugged, fussed, apologized, and fussed again. This is a microcosm of our days. She is snuggly and gentle one minute, barking out demands the next. I am patient and engaged, and then quickly become annoyed and frustrated. Middle school parenting is not for the faint at [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...]

Dear Long Term Planner

Dear long term planner, Life has been a breeze so far.  Recent college grad, engaged, life has fallen into place smoothly.  You have been blessed with strong women surrounding you; all care deeply for you and mentor you.  Much of what they have said has been recorded for a future day, it doesn’t seem to apply now.  To date, you cannot recall a prayer request that wasn’t answered [Read more...]

Are You Halfway To Where You Want To Be?

The start of July marks the halfway point of the calendar year. Are you halfway to where you want to be? We often start out the year with a list of goals or resolution. After a few weeks, many are forgotten. Give it a few months and old habits are back in their comfortable spot. Are you okay with ending 2015 the same place you started? In her online course, Make Over Your Mornings, Crystal [Read more...]

First Born Mom Verses Strong-Willed Child

I am a first born. You either are one or you know one. We tend to be structured, reliable, driven, and controlling. If you need something done, find a first born and get out of the way because we will plow right over you in order to help you. Whether it’s a first born trait or just my humanity, I am a controller through and through. I see the ugly side of this while parenting my own first [Read more...]

Discipline the Parent

Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. Hebrews 12:13, NLT Have you ever had that moment when you hear your words coming out of your child’s mouth? Not the good kind–the calm and comforting things you whisper in their ear. You hear an ugly tone and a lack of self-control spewing from them. You wonder where they [Read more...]

Don’t Be A Goon!

Little Bunny Foo Foo Little bunny Foo Foo Went hopping through the forest Scooping up the field mice And bopping them on the head Down came the Blue Fairy, and she said “Little bunny Foo Foo I don’t want to see you Scooping up the field mice And bopping them on the head.” I’ll give you 3 chances, And if you don’t behave, I will turn you into a goon! Little Bunny Foo [Read more...]

Proverbs for Kids

An introduction to an open, ongoing letter to my children. I have always admired the silvery hair that frames the soft, lined faces of older men and women.  It is like a shining crown of wisdom atop their head.  Sit and talk to one of these royals and you will find they are, indeed, full of wisdom.  The lessons they have learned through success and failure are etched in their heart like the [Read more...]