Purposeful Home or Hollow House?

Go ahead and do yourself a favor and read A Place to Eat, Sleep, & Watch (Emptiness in the Modern Household) It is a wonderfully written response to a New York Times article entitled, The Pandemic Created a Child-Care Crisis. Mothers Bore the Burden. For years, my heart has longed to create a purposeful, productive home, and encourage others to as well. A truly Christian culture requires us to reclaim the home as a headquarter of ministry and production. A […]

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Will Our Children Grow up to Defend the Faith?

Often, once kids leave home, they are bombarded by different ideas and beliefs, and have their faith challenged by questions to which they don’t have the answer. It has been discouraging to watch a number of friends deal with the grief of seeing their children walk away from the faith, or adopt beliefs we believe to be antithetical to Christianity. It’s so easy to think that if our children simply observe our faith day to day, they’ll carry that on […]

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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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