How to Find Joy in Hospitality

I was a freshman in college when our dorm mother invited our entire freshman hall to her home for a Christmas party. Twenty nineteen-year-old girls descended on her warmly lit, apple-spice-fragranced home one evening for homemade lasagna. Now, I loved dorm-life—the late nights, the practical jokes, the way there was always someone to talk to—but... Continue Reading →

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How to See the Sickbed

All the bags were packed and waiting by the door, full of the special snacks, swimsuits and towels for the hotel pool, and tablets borrowed from the library for use passing the time on the seven-hour drive. Our three kids were so excited to join Dad for the first time on his yearly work trip... Continue Reading →

Mama, What Is the Purpose of Life?

Any mamas out there with kids who adore the You-Tube sensation Blippi? I’m fairly certain that my oldest two knew how to spell Blippi before they knew how to spell their own names, “Say it with me, B-L-I-P-P-I, Blippi!” His educational content always hits a homerun, but every now and then he whiffs the ball... Continue Reading →

A Religion of Yes

As my firstborn hurtles through childhood and adolescence is now coming into view, I am increasingly aware of the alien way in which my husband and I as Christian parents are raising her and her siblings. Up to now, the differences in how we parent and how the world parents would probably seem relatively minor... Continue Reading →

3 Certain Ways to Ruin Advent

Thanksgiving weekend, my family enthusiastically set out to find our Christmas tree. Minutes after unloading at the idyllic tree farm, a toddler initiated a crying spell that lasted the entire hour we strolled the fields and barn. Meanwhile, another child complained about the cold, a sibling threw a tantrum for more cookies, and another brother... Continue Reading →

Christmas: To Celebrate or Not

Recently my husband and his coworkers have been discussing the appropriate way to celebrate Christmas. He works for a Christian ministry whose staff spans the gamut of theological understanding, and their approach to this topic is similarly varied. Some celebrate Christmas traditionally, while others think it's too materialistic and either subdue their celebration or avoid... Continue Reading →

God is Not Your Pen Pal

It was my second unanswered phone call to the dentist that day. With the office so busy, I decided to leave a voice mail. I slumped on the couch as I waited for the beep, “Hi, this is the mom of B. Richardson.” I recited my phone number and reason for calling before wrapping up... Continue Reading →

The Cure for Loneliness

As followers of Christ, we are in Christ alone, but we are not alone in Christ. God is in the business of building His Church, redeeming His Bride, assembling a Body from every tribe, tongue and nation to stand before His throne united in worship to the Lamb who was slain to take away the... Continue Reading →

The Lesson I Didn’t Intend to Teach

When my firstborn was about a year old, trips to the store became challenging. She had always been quite verbal, but she began to take her babbling to new, demanding decibels after half an hour strapped into a shopping cart. Her protests became loud enough that one day, after repeatedly hissing, “Shhh!” I pulled out... Continue Reading →

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