How to Pray for Wisdom Using Scripture

In the first few months of motherhood, I felt completely in over my head. Being the oldest of four children, the mechanics of caring for a child were not new to me. However, being completely responsible for a baby around the clock was a shock. Add in postpartum hormones and the shift from full-time employee to full-time mother, and I was sinking. Things didn’t get easier as she grew. Soon, [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make Proverbs Come Alive for Your Kids

“Mama, will you read Proverbs to us?” my daughter sweetly asked as she climbed onto her top bunk. We are working our way through Proverbs, one chapter at a time. I was oh-so-tired, but how do you refuse a child’s request for wisdom? So, I read the next chapter which included this passage: Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense. A gadabout [Read more...]

5 Things I Wish I Had Known

You don’t know what you don’t know. It is one of those statements that is so basic, yet so deep. When we enter into a new phase of life, we have expectations and are sometimes knocked down by our reality. How many times have you said to yourself, “If only I’d known…”? Wisdom is underrated in the young. When I consider my not-so-great decisions, they are most [Read more...]

What the Bible Says About Standardized Tests

We are smack dab in the middle of standardized test season. I get an email every few days encouraging a healthy breakfast, early bedtimes, and practice tests at home. These days usually pass by the Smith household without much fanfare. I don’t make a big deal out of it and my kids treat it like an ordinary day. This year, however, one of my kids developed test anxiety. The night before her [Read more...]

Proverbs for Kids: First Things First

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 Our mornings run fast and furious. I have a little song I sing during the hour it takes us to get from bed to the bus stop. Get up, kids. Get up! Get up now or you will go to school in your pajamas! Pick your clothes [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...]

Proverbs for Kids: Walk this Way

Walk this Way is part of an ongoing open letter to my children. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 When you were a sweet, itty-bitty baby, you went where I went. Whether wrapped in a soft blanket in my arms, or strapped securely in the stroller, you were with me. [Read more...]

Wear Your Insides on the Outside

Wear Your Insides on the Outside is part of an ongoing letter to my kids, Proverbs for Kids. I used to pick out your clothes each day and you put it on without question. You had your quirks. Sarah Kate, you went through a stage where you would not wear long sleeves. And there was also a time you would only wear dresses. Claire, you have never ever liked smocked dresses or frilly things. And, I am [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...]

Treasure Map to Wisdom

Treasure Map to Wisdom is part of an open letter to my children. When I was a little girl, the idea of a treasure map excited me. My friends and I went so far as to create a treasure map to follow. We drew it out and then distressed the paper by crumpling it and tearing the edges to make it look legit. The map had landmarks drawn out in Crayola. The big tree by the driveway. The pump house out [Read more...]