5 Ways to Help Give God Your First 15 Minutes

The early days with a newborn are pure survival. Sleep when you can, as long as you can. At some point, the baby begins to sleep a little longer, a little later. It took almost four years for my first born to sleep through the night. Those years of minimal sleep were difficult, to say the least. I quickly learned the importance of priorities and planning. Showers required strategic timing. [Read more...]

Bathsheba, The Influential Wife

One day last week, I had one thing left on my to-do list: go to Sam’s. My husband had one thing on his to-do list: go to the gym. In an effort to spend more time together as a family, we decided to complete our to-do list together. Well, you can guess how the story ends. We stayed at the gym longer than planned. By the time we got in the car, Sam’s had closed and my to-do list was [Read more...]

The New Testament Wife

The New Testament Wife is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. Submission. Is there a more controversial word in marriage? It is the s-word no one wants to talk about. I am a non-controversial, non-confrontational person. Talking about the s-word is not about pointing fingers or demanding agreement. It is something beautiful I have experienced and I want to share it with you. I [Read more...]

Following Noah

Following Noah is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife.  A handful of years ago, my husband got an unsolicited job offer that would require us to move. We lived in our hometown in a big house that we built on family land near grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifetime friends. When David first approached me about the offer, I shared my thoughts: We are where we are [Read more...]

Say What You Need to Say

Say What You Need to Say is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. Several years ago, a repeating scene played out at our home almost every week. My husband would ask if I minded if he played tennis. Being the godly, submissive wife, I almost always said yes. While he was away I would brew and stew about it. Didn’t he realize I needed time out? Didn’t he know that I needed him [Read more...]

Abigail: The Wife of a Fool

On his best day, a husband is a night in shining armor. He sweeps you off your feet with flowers, dinner, and sweet talk about how you complete him. You end the night cuddling by candle light, so glad you married such a dear. Then there are the not-so-good days. Like that time he gave you tips on loading the dishwasher–the one he loads twice a month while complaining. Or that time he played [Read more...]

Your Will Be Done

We are walking the way of the cross in the coming days. Resurrection is coming and we will sing and smile and lift a hand in triumph on Easter Sunday. There are painful stops along the way that, if ignored, cause us to miss the purpose of the cross. We can celebrate death’s defeat but miss the redemption. After the Last Supper, Jesus took His best friends, His disciples, to pray. They stop [Read more...]

The Excellent Wife of Proverbs 31

The Excellent Wife of Proverbs 31 is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. While on the campaign trail, George Bush and his wife, Barbara, stopped at a gas station to refuel. The First Lady recognized the gas station attendant as an old beau and stepped out to speak to him. When she returned to the limo President Bush remarked, “If you had married him, you would be the wife [Read more...]

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...]