Body Image & Beauty (and Why I Had to Apologize to My Kids)

I’m about to just lay it out there. Transparent. All the ugly. The Lord really convicted me, all of a sudden, late one night. And I want to share it with you because I know I’m not the only one who struggles. It’s hard being a woman. It’s even harder when you live in a culture like ours, where plastic surgery, airbrushed magazine covers and Instagram filters work overtime telling us how we should define beauty. We have an innate […]

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To My Child With a Broken Heart

I didn’t want this day to come. But here it is. Your heart has been shattered into a million pieces and I stand here watching, helplessly, but I can not put it back together. You think I don’t understand–that I don’t feel exactly what you’re feeling. But I do. I have had a broken heart and I remember. And maybe I feel it even deeper. Because not only have I had a broken heart, the kind where you have to […]

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Eternal Impact in The Every Day Podcast

Last week my sweet friend, Jennifer Ross at Confidently Called, and I, had a conversation on her podcast prompted by a fabulous book I’m reading called Ordinary. If you’re a mom who sometimes feels like she isn’t dong enough, or just someone who feels pulled by the culture to “do something big” you definitely want to listen! I’d love to hear your thoughts about our conversation. Click HERE to listen now.

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The BEST Thing to Do When You’re Frustrated at Your Child

I’ve written a lot over the years about the importance of esteeming what Jesus esteemed; how we are not supposed to be chasing the world’s idea of fulfillment, but how fulfillment can be found in serving and “washing feet” the way He commanded us. And much of that is proverbial language. I mean, we don’t really wash feet. It’s meant to remind us of the blessing and reward of serving others in humility. But maybe, just maybe, actually washing feet […]

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So What Do We Do Now?

Everything is little topsy turvy, isn’t it? There is fear, uncertainty and a general questioning about what we are supposed to do. Christian Sister… let me tell you what you are supposed to do: Wake up in the morning and saturate yourself with God’s Word. Then saturate your children as well. Love life. Love your husband. Love your neighbor. Cook good food. Invite people over to share it with you. Have babies. Worship your Lord. Be joyful. Sing hymns. Believe […]

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Why I Won’t Tell You to “Do Great Things”

A letter to my children.

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The Glorious Ministry of the Table

With our hands, we take raw material that, on its own is simple, and we glorify it into something better. That is our privilege and our duty. It was at table, presumably, that Jesus brought salvation to the house of Zacchaeus. It was at table that a town tramp fell in love with Him and received forgiveness. It was at table where Jesus shared the most intimate, last moments of his life with his closest friends. A shared table contains […]

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Dear Mama, Your Suffering is Not Just For Enduring

(A post I wrote 4 years ago. 🙂 ) I sat here a little while then stood up to get coffee, paralyzed for the moment. I’m 9 months pregnant. With my eleventh child. And I’m, ahem, older. My back has to adjust to the change in my position from sitting to standing before I can walk, or my leg will collapse under me. I’m heavy, I have random round ligament pains that make me think I’m dying, I hurt and […]

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“I Was Abused” (The Problem with a Victim Mentality)

I haven’t forgotten the day. My dad glared at me, then threw the door stop across the room. He stormed out and that was it. The next day, he acted normal. I was accustomed to such volatile cycles. Things had been bad for a while. I had learned to survive in an environment where authority was paramount. My mom would get mad at me too and raise her voice. One day she even raised her hand. Although she didn’t slap […]

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5 Stress-Free Ways to Improve Your Homeschooling

Let’s face it: homeschooling can be stressful. And while stress levels are dependent on many factors, holding your child’s education in your own hands can stress the most relaxed homeschooler. Whether you are a strict desk-and-American flag kind of homeschooler, or a “playing-in-the-dirt-qualifies-as-an-experiment” kind, there are some regular habits that will benefit your homeschooled children. 1. Conversation It is too often a missing ingredient in the family, especially as our social gadgets have us increasingly distracted from our real lives. […]

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