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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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 →

Why I Do Playdates

A friend recently quizzed me about my philosophy on playdates. We were actually in the middle of a playdate, and while I had engaged in numerous playdates over the last five years (I’m figuring at least two a week, every week, for five years . . . we’re talking nearly 500 playdates!!!) I didn’t have... Continue Reading →

To All the Moms Who Need a Break

I just need a break. Do you ever find yourself muttering this under your breath, or pleading this to your husband, lamenting this to a mom friend or yelling this at your unsuspecting children? I just need a break. Maybe, like me, you find yourself getting creative with this statement. I just need a moment... Continue Reading →

How to Uproot Self-Pity

Despite the fact that I have everything I need, too often I find myself sliding down the miry slough of self-pity. What about you? Self-pity comes naturally to us all, but I think it’s a particularly tempting sin for moms of young children, since little ones require so much of us and often keep us... Continue Reading →

Responding to Toxic People

We all have one of those people in our lives: the kind the world brands toxic with permission to cut out. Are you picturing someone? The one you need 24 hour advance notice before seeing. In route you psych and pray in turn: I’m not going to lose it. Lord, help me not to lose... Continue Reading →

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