The Price of Friendship

The price of friendship is the total surrender of yourself; no lesser kindness, no ordinary attentions and offerings will buy it. Henry David Thoreau When my daughter was in 1st grade, she would come home and declare she had a new best friend about once a month. I would ask for the details and she would report, “I met her today and now we are best friends.” If only it were that easy. [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Spouse Goofs

What to Do When Your Spouse Goofs is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife Everybody messes up from time to time. It is never fun when someone points out our mistakes or shames us for it. Marriage is a fertile ground for such finger-pointing. We are so familiar with one another that we don’t think twice about berating our spouse for their errors in judgment. Elizabeth provides [Read more...]

5 Ways to Encourage the Father in Your Husband

Something happens in the birthing room for most women. The oxytocin and dopamine start flowing and suddenly we are mothers, inside and out. Fathers face a different initiation into their role. They may be smitten with their wee one, but the bonding process can take longer. Fast-forward a few years and you have a small child and a grown man looking at each other, trying to decide what to do. Some [Read more...]

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...]

The Text Every Woman Wants to Get

It was a small thing, really. Two text messages in succession on a Saturday morning. It made me pause and wipe my eye before the hastily applied eye make-up made a B line for my cheek. They were two little gold iNuggets hiding in the silt of life gleaming with the brightness of friendship. I received two requests to “save me a seat” that morning. We mamas were trying desperately to [Read more...]

The Shulammite Woman

The Shulammite Woman is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. The Song of Songs is a saucy book of the Bible.  It contains the romantic, intimate exchange between King Solomon and his beloved Shulammite woman.  Through their flirting, love making, and pillow talk, we can explore ways to honor God through our sexuality within marriage. This is a topic we don’t visit often on [Read more...]

14 in February

Let’s play a word association game.  I say February, you think ______.  (I hope it’s not Presidents Day or we have bigger problems here!). You think Valentine’s Day, right?  When I say Valentine’s, you think ______.  Love.  Chocolate. Shoe boxes covered in construction paper. What about sex?  What words come to mind?  Oh yeah! Oh no! Don’t remind me.  Sleep. [Read more...]