We Are Weak, But He Is Strong

It had been one of those weeks, the kind that just needed to end already. The girls had been particularly needy, and my patience had been running even lower than usual. On top of this, I just felt kind of “blah” and didn’t feel any motivation or focus when it came to work or getting …

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Why You Should Keep the Blurry Pictures

I’ve been going through all the pictures on my phone lately, trying to free up some storage. The picture count has gotten up to 9,664 (UGH, I KNOW), and I just keep adding more cloud storage, figuring I’ll deal with them later. So I finally started deleting some pictures, getting rid of duplicates or whatever …

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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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