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 →

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To all the Mama Bees Out There

Do you ever consider what animal your personality mimics? Perhaps you are the proverbial mama bear ready to draw your claws at a whiff of danger. Or perhaps your steadfast loyalty conjures images of a circling bald eagle. Are you the unpredictable rearing stallion or the easily spooked garden rabbit? Whatever your “animal spirit,” we... 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 →

“Don’t Touch My Baby!”

Your children don’t belong to you. Okay, technically you do have ownership over your children, but ultimately they belong to Someone else entirely. The Lord gave me this reminder one day while I sat shaking in the Goodwill parking lot. He pulled the reigns on my renegade fear and anger and offered me truth. The... 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 →

Affirm God’s Good Design

Child rearing sometimes scares me. Intentionally or not, we shape our children with our attitudes, actions, beliefs and decisions. Case in point, much of our parenting practices manifest from our own upbringing. I would guess that your method of discipline, holiday traditions, education choices and church denomination reflect your own childhood experiences. Our upbringing provides... Continue Reading →

For All the Selfish Moms Like Me

Since becoming a mom, I’ve noticed that society—or at least, the Internet—often praises mothers as a group for their unselfishness, as if the mere act of becoming a mother automatically transforms women from regular people into selfless saints. Around Mother’s Day, memes will begin to circle social media praising the heroic selflessness of moms, and... Continue Reading →

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