Bring Your Real Words to the Welcoming Heart of God

The welcoming heart of God is at the center of a praying life.

I woke to the sound of my youngest son calling me.“Muuuum…”  His tone told me everything I needed to know. He was sick, likely nauseated, and he needed help. I sat up in bed, ready to rush to his aid. As my feet hit the floor, my head cleared, and two facts crowded into my… Continue reading Bring Your Real Words to the Welcoming Heart of God

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Great Mothers-in-Law!

Happy Mother's Day!

Over time, a family with four sons develops a unique tone, a guy culture with a certain decibel level and a distinct way of doing life. As a mother of some now-married sons, it has been a joy to welcome other women into this circle — women who love my sons well and also have… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day to all the Great Mothers-in-Law!

How to Pray for Your Teen When You’ve Run Out of Words

How to Pray for Your Teen

For one short season of our parenting journey, my husband and I felt as if we were hanging on to the reins of a runaway horse. Daily battles over curfews and negotiations around boundary lines had taken the place of warm conversation and laughter around the table. We mourned the loss as we searched for… Continue reading How to Pray for Your Teen When You’ve Run Out of Words

Prayer Warrior Challenge: You Don’t Have to Dread Mother’s Day this Year!

Prayer Warrior Challenge for Mother's Day

Sunday Scripture I remember clearly the momentous day when, deep in the weeds of Toddler Parenting, I realized I could do everything "right" and still end up with a wayward child. I could wear out a blender pureeing fresh veggies. I could teach and expect obedience, model polite manners, sing hymns at the breakfast table,… Continue reading Prayer Warrior Challenge: You Don’t Have to Dread Mother’s Day this Year!

The April Book Talk Where We Read and Rejoice in the Light

Proclaim the excellencies of him who called you...

https://videopress.com/v/gvlodYv6?preloadContent=metadata “Spring is a promise in the closed fist of a long winter,” wrote Luci Shaw. Listen along with me to the sound of winter, unclenching! Of course, the day after I shot this video brought snow flurries. Even so, we are celebrating the season of widening light here in the Northeast! The end of… Continue reading The April Book Talk Where We Read and Rejoice in the Light

How Do I Search for God with All My Heart?

How Do I Search for God with All My Heart?

Sunday Scripture I despise looking for things. As a mum, my least favorite words in the English language are, "Muu-uuum, where's my [fill in the missing item]?" I go to great lengths, personally, to avoid ever having to look for things: keys always in the same purse pocket, phone plugged in, glasses on my face… Continue reading How Do I Search for God with All My Heart?

Persevere in Hope Even When Everything Feels Too Hard

Perseverance is so much more than simply hanging on.

It's a chilly April morning, and Tucker and I galumph our way around the wooded path that circles the land behind our home. Along the path, a little beech tree stands alone, fully clothed in a grove of naked but budding alders. Every little breeze stirs a papery rustle as her brown leafy hands greet… Continue reading Persevere in Hope Even When Everything Feels Too Hard

Press the Truth Down Deep into Your Heart Today

Press the Truth Down Deep Into Your Heart Today

Sunday Scripture The longer I live, the more dubious sounds the popular wisdom of couch pillows and coffee mugs advising me to "Listen to your heart." When push comes to shove (as it invariably does), I'm learning the advice my heart dishes out is likely to lead me astray. Let me instead speak to my… Continue reading Press the Truth Down Deep into Your Heart Today

So You Want to Be Relevant? Commit to Taking God at His Word!

So, You Want to Be Relevant?

I’ve heard it many times and from the most unexpected sources: “I try to read the Bible, but . . . it doesn’t seem to say anything to me.  I don’t understand what I’m reading.  It doesn’t help me, so I end up quitting . . “ Set this response beside David’s from Psalm 119:… Continue reading So You Want to Be Relevant? Commit to Taking God at His Word!

Have You Ever Been Inspired to Praise God for His Creativity?

God's Creativity

Sunday Scripture The woods behind my house is waking up. Sprigs of green are shooting their way up through last year's matted carpet, and swollen buds hint that my view is about to change from grey to vibrant. I never tire of this transition from death to life. God has crafted an infinitely varied range… Continue reading Have You Ever Been Inspired to Praise God for His Creativity?