The One Thing You Need as a Parent

It seems like there are so many things to remember as a parent, so many worries that fight for attention in my mind. Are they eating well? Are we disciplining too much? Too little? Do we take them outside enough? Are they watching too much TV? I better stop my list of questions there before …

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Say Yes to the Hard

It was a mostly normal Friday night when my husband Tyler and I received the phone call that would change our lives. That evening, we were going to give the invocation at our town’s Relay for Life event. I would be sharing a few words about how to cope when life doesn’t turn out the …

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When Your Kids (Seemingly) Keep You From Jesus

A couple weeks ago, our church had a worship night. It was the beginning of Lent, and I was eager to start the season with a night focused on Jesus, filled and surrounded by the presence of God. There was only one “problem”: my kids. There wasn’t childcare for the service, and I didn’t feel …

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When Your Kids Disrupt Your Neat and Orderly Life

My kids are really good at showing me all the ways I need to grow as a person. It’s like their very own little spiritual gift. “Here Mommy, let us help you see how much you need Jesus.” The newest revelation: I am selfish and self-centered. Pretty deep, huh? I know this is not brand …

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When the Days are Really Long

The other night, I was holding one of my twin girls in my arms and rocking her back and forth…she thinks it’s funny when I pretend she’s a baby (she’s almost 2 and a half). And as I held her, it hit me how big she is. It made me think about holding her as …

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When You Want a Quick Fix

I wish that spiritual growth wasn’t so hard. Lately, I’ve been confronted with how far I have to go. It seems like my shortcomings are all I can see. I’ve had times of feeling that way that came from an unhealthy place of shame and believing lies that tell me I’m not good enough. This …

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Let’s Admit It: Parenting Is Hard

Sometimes it feels like we’re not allowed to talk about how hard it is to be a parent. We think we should feel nothing but gratitude, and to speak of parenting in terms of anything other than joy and a blessing feels wrong somehow. We wanted kids so desperately, and went through such a long …

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Letting Go Of Ideal Goals: Setting Priorities for 2017

How is the new year going for you so far? This is the time of year when we typically evaluate our lives, set goals, and decide that this will finally be the year that we make big changes. We often approach setting goals as this massive overhaul. We decide, I am going to be a …

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How to Have Self Control When Your Kids are OUT of Control

Just when I think we’re in a good stage with the girls, when it seems like FINALLY, things are easier, something shifts and it’s hard again. And then, just when I feel like I’m drowning, like this is too hard and I don’t have what it takes, things shift again, and it feels like a …

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What I Really Need This Christmas

As I enter into this Christmas season, I’ve been trying to slow down and ask myself: What do I really need right now? We traveled for Thanksgiving, and it was a good trip, but also exhausting, because toddlers. We got back on Sunday night, and put up our decorations on Monday, ready for it to …

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