Distracted kids, tired parents, smart phones and what teaching your kids the Bible should really look like

  Lifeway Resarch group published the results of research they did to see what the contributing factors were in spiritual health among young adults.What they found was that overwhelmingly, kids who regularly read the Bible while growing up are likely to experience a healthy spiritual life with God and the church. I was both shaken… Continue reading Distracted kids, tired parents, smart phones and what teaching your kids the Bible should really look like

Looking to 2020 and the shalom beyond

My family is making fun of me tonight because I'm watching, for maybe the hundreded-and-eleventieth time, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  When people ask me what my favorite of anything is I usually have a hard time picking one thing, but when it comes to movies, hands down, The Lord… Continue reading Looking to 2020 and the shalom beyond

Why I love “The Little Drummer Boy”

Dr. Russel Moore, me and my gone-to-Jesus Grandma Oleta have something in common: The Little Drummer Boy is one of our favorite Christmas songs. I read Dr. Moore's, "In Defense of 'The Little Drummer Boy'" this morning and smiled. I've been driving through busy traffic, writing to-do lists, wrapping presents, and trying to stay on… Continue reading Why I love “The Little Drummer Boy”

Learn from my mistakes

I've been married for over 26 years to a man I deeply love, a man who doesn't love Jesus with me. Through our hard marriage, God has helped me see the error of my ways and led me in better ways when it comes to loving my husband.  This morning, one of the typical tests… Continue reading Learn from my mistakes

Get up! Lift them up! Take them by the hand!

There's a story in Genesis that grabs me. Abraham and Sarah used their servant Hagar in their unbelief to get for themselves the child God promised. But when Sarah finally gave birth to the son God had promised, they sent Hagar and her son Ismael away into the desert. In Genesis 21:8-21, the story goes… Continue reading Get up! Lift them up! Take them by the hand!

Christ will redeem what seems like will never happen

Tonight after 13 hours at the hospital, I walked out my back door with my dog Lukas, and we made our way, as usual, the half acre back to where the chickens and goats were already roosting and chewing their cud under the stars. While I was filling up their empty water buckets, despising the… Continue reading Christ will redeem what seems like will never happen

Rally cry for parents on the day before school starts and the day after 2 mass shootings

Honestly, I don't want to send them. I want to hide them in a bubble of safety and happiness. But I have no such magic powers. I do have the King of heaven's attention though. He hears me. I know he does. And he promises to not abandon me or my kids. So, in this… Continue reading Rally cry for parents on the day before school starts and the day after 2 mass shootings

How Josh Harris and I Fell

Elevenish years ago I was ready to die on the mountain of the issue of women not working outside the home. Today I read this tweet from Jared C. Wilson: A few years back, I significantly reduced my exposure to Christian influences that prove more passionate about "issues" than Christ & I've been better off… Continue reading How Josh Harris and I Fell

Mothers: Tell your kids to trust the God of their mother.

Yesterday at church my pastor taught through the story in Genesis where Jacob wrestles with "a man."  Toward the end of the sermon he referred to the passage in Genesis 32: 9-12 where Jacob prays. And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your… Continue reading Mothers: Tell your kids to trust the God of their mother.