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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

For All the Haves and Have Nots

Do you struggle to be content when you look at photos of your Facebook friends’ home renovations or beach vacations? Or do you fight the desire to show off your own material blessings to impress others? Both? If so, you are in good company. Or maybe not good company, but certainly lots of company. I... Continue Reading →

What I Dream for My Kids

The season of graduations and weddings is upon us, and that means it’s also a time in which parents are rejoicing in their kids’ achievements and expressing hopes for their futures. Moms and dads boast in their children’s scholarships and acceptance to prestigious universities, take pride in the amazing job offers they have received, and... Continue Reading →

The Charity We All Need to Give

A couple years ago, a longtime friend let me know that she was disgusted with me before she proceeded to cut off communication. She laid out the case for why she thought I was essentially a narrow-minded bigot, based on some assumptions she had made not about my actions, but about my motives for my... Continue Reading →

Great Expectations in Motherhood

Recently, I attended an event with my husband. I had been looking forward to it for awhile, so when we found a sitter for the kids, I went fully prepared to have the time of my life. Instead, despite the fact that absolutely nothing went wrong and the event was lovely, I felt disappointed. I... Continue Reading →

Life is hard, BUT…

The last couple months have been difficult for me. Though I am thankful that nothing tragic or life-threatening has occurred, it has been a season of many small burdens in my life that add up to weightiness. I have felt weary, and as I often do when things are hard, I have gravitated toward the... Continue Reading →

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