current events, faith, family

Where is Justice for the Oppressed?

Tears streaming and smashed finger waving my middle daughter approached me. Bending low and listening in on her muffled cries I concluded that her younger sister had slammed the pantry door and caused her this great pain. One of my children is always causing another pain. This is then followed by a cry for help… Continue reading Where is Justice for the Oppressed?

faith, family

Where is God When Life is Difficult?

You have thirty days to vacate. In the past year and a half, my husband and I had moved one thousand miles away from the only place and people we had ever known. He'd started and left a job under difficult circumstances. And we had navigated the beginnings of marriage, pregnancy, and life with a newborn. Now we were being evicted from our home.

faith, family

6 Biblical Truths for Mamas to Remember this Mother’s Day

Mother's day is nearing and with it the prompting to find time to reflect on what the past year of motherhood held for each of us. What are we doing well? What have we learned? What do we need to release? Why does motherhood matter? Upon pondering these questions, it may be tempting to dwell… Continue reading 6 Biblical Truths for Mamas to Remember this Mother’s Day

faith, family

How to Respond When Our Plans Get Interrupted

I only wanted to get a few things done in the garden before the kids started in on each other. I thought I would be witty and put them to work with me, but their attention span at two and three proved them ill-equipped for the monotonous task of weeding. I gathered materials for them to do a small activity and returned to plucking green patches of grass. The final squabble between my two toddlers sent me over the edge. After angrily gathering everything up and barking a lot of things at them I would regret later I sent them off to an early nap. Then the guilt settled in.....

faith, family, motherhood, parenting, T.H.I.N.K Method Series

H is for Hide

Imagine how smoothly my morning scenario could go if I made this one change when emotions escalate. What if, instead of screaming at my children, I paused and reminded us all of Colossians 3:20 “Do all things without complaining and disputing.”? The H component is to hide God’s word in your child’s heart. God’s word… Continue reading H is for Hide

faith, family, motherhood, parenting, T.H.I.N.K Method Series

T is for Talk

We are late again this morning. There is not enough time to stop and explain every detail of why I need my child to put his socks on before his shoes. I yell, he cries. Everyone feels frustrated and defeated. I flash forward 15 years when he isn't under my authority anymore, and instead an… Continue reading T is for Talk

family, lifestyle, motherhood, parenting, T.H.I.N.K Method Series

T.H.I.N.K. Method

I catch a glance at the time and cringe. I have about ten minutes before the effort it would take to get them out the door wouldn't be worth the energy it would take to get them ready. I head to their room to wake them in spite of my ongoing, hopeless monologue. Cypress, my… Continue reading T.H.I.N.K. Method

faith, family, lifestyle, parenting

So you want to be debt free?

We were slaves alright. Slaves to the master of our generation. Student loans. If you're already groaning and fussing under your breath, I get it. However, there is hope. So let me share with you the path to freedom. We knew immediately that we didn't want the stress of that debt looming over our marriage.… Continue reading So you want to be debt free?

faith, family, healthy living, Personal Development

Priorities

It's a new year. Then new year brings this sense of a fresh start. Who doesn't love a fresh start? I'm a little early to the new year resolutions as I really made 2019 a year of personal growth. It began with an long, overdue overhaul to my health. Through that journey I gained a… Continue reading Priorities