When this time of year comes around, there seems to be an endless run of graduations, sport championships, final exams, and award ceremonies. Our children’s performance is never more on display, and reminders of their achievement (or lack thereof) are never more present than now. … [Read more...] about Practicing (Im)Perfection With Our Kids
They say that hindsight is 20/20. Hindsight lets us see how decisions we make play out. Sometimes in life it is reasonable to do your best, not over think a thing, and take your chances. Take a job in the northwest or overseas? Vacation in the mountains or spend your summer … [Read more...] about The Pitfalls of Modern Parenting
Parenting is hard, especially when we don’t really know from day to day what challenges we may be faced with. It can be easy to become reactive to situations involving our children, and these reactions often come from an emotional response that is not always helpful. Emotional … [Read more...] about Proactive Parenting vs. Reactive Parenting
In marriage there is often a crossover… a passage. It isn’t planned or desired. Somehow, at some time, we forget we are on the same side. Two Become One Didn’t we promise til death do we part? Doesn’t God declare that two become one? When you get married you love your spouse … [Read more...] about Marriage Conflicts: I am On Your Side, Remember?
“We’re living in the dark ages of our lives”, I jokingly told my husband a few weeks ago. And by dark ages I just mean that we’re raising a very strong-willed 4-year-old and a very clingy 2-year-old in a new city far from our family. Don’t get me wrong, there’s so many reasons to … [Read more...] about To the Overwhelmed Parent: Your Help Comes From the Lord
Prayer in church is common. When I was on staff every Tuesday we would pass around all of the prayer requests gathered from church members on Sunday. It was our time to pray for our congregation and to specifically lift up their thankfulness for God’s work in their life, their … [Read more...] about Persistent Prayers: Are You Living a Steadfast Life of Faith?