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 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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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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