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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
When we choose to accept criticism graciously rather than get defensive or angry, God uses it to make us more like Christ.