Category: motherhood/family/parenting

Your Job is Not to be Amazing. So Just Stop Trying.

I saw it again, a mom's post of her daughter's birthday party, complete with (real, live) Disney Princesses, a speechlessly beautiful 3-tier cake, all the bouncy things and a Pinterest-perfect atmosphere. And it WAS beautiful and amazing. And I'm sure her daughter loved it. And no, there is nothing wrong with an amazing birthday party. But ...

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Loving the Strength of a Wife & Mother (And Don’t Blush About Your Dreams)

I know there have been lots of crickets here lately. What to say? Life is super full and I don't get around to writing like I used to. But let me just tell you...when I saw this piece come across my Facebook feed, I HAD to share it with you. Do not click away. Read ...

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Helping Our Children Walk in Wisdom…Self Control

"Ponder all the life-implications of a well-controlled adult and see if he will not look back on his devoted mother with all the gratitude his life can muster and attribute to her the bulk of his earthly successes!" Mothering became a full time job I knew I had to devote my life to when I began ...

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The Fastest Way to be a Better Parent

Even a daily reminder is not enough--I need an hourly one, to remember that I'm not parenting just to survive the day or to create the most comfort for myself. I am parenting for the future, for my grandchildren--waging war against the one, masquerading as light, who wants to destroy my children. That sober realization is ...

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Children According to Jesus: If You Want to See the Kingdom

We view children backwards.  Jesus' disciples did too... "Jesus, tell them to take their children away--they're interfering." (paraphrased, of course). Jesus said, "Do not forbid the children to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." And in other places He said, "Unless you humble yourselves and become as one of these little children, you ...

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Everything’s Not the Same: Turning Truth Upside Down to Erase Our Guilt

There is a cultural epidemic killing us (in the name of making us healthy). It's the notion that you shouldn't feel bad, no matter what. Feeling bad is the ultimate terrible thing, and we must eradicate all its roots. This ideology is also what causes such hostility to Christianity, but I digress. We have pain sensors ...

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Being a Mom and Wife is Enough: A Word for the Burned Out Superwoman

I assume many women feel the way this reader who wrote me feels, so I wanted to give a public answer to encourage other women in her shoes: "What do you do when you are so weary, you feel like you can't get through the day? I feel like I try to juggle the expectations of ...

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The Goal of Motherhood: An Older Me to the Young Moms

It's a strange, hard, fun and wonderful place I'm in right now. Almost like standing between two worlds, one foot on each, peering back and forth with eyes that see so much larger now than they once did. I am in the middle of my life (as much as I can presume), a mother still snuggling a ...

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How to Lose the Mom Guilt When You Don’t Get it All Done

Do you ever feel guilty or stressed, as a mom, because you didn't "get it all done?" (What even does that mean?) This weekend our family attended an annual event with friends that we look forward to all year. We do fun things including dress up in costumes. Of course we usually wait until the last ...

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Do Your Children Work Too Hard?

I heard it again...quite a typical comment about grown children of large families: "She was the oldest of six and felt like her mother required too much of her....so she doesn't want many children." Size of family debate aside...the issue here is not the number of siblings or the work load, but rather a fundamental lesson of ...

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