Category Archives: Parenting

It’s Your Birthday

I am loved by an amazing God.

I am wondrously showered with redeeming grace.

I am healing from the deep wounds of your death.

I am confident that God is writing my story . . . and it’s a beautiful one.

Mom,

Today marks your 4th birthday spent with Jesus. Still seems impossible this could be true . . . but it is. I can’t even begin to imagine how awesome your days must be-no pain, no anxiety, no fear, no heartbreaks. Just sheer joy in the presence of your Savior. Continue reading It’s Your Birthday

Encouraging Hearts

Summer is over and gone.  Wow! I can hardly believe the kids are back in school. We had a pretty crazy summer.  Our family experienced many joys but also many challenges. Let’s face it. Life on this earth is hard and full of many challenges.  It is so easy to be overwhelmed with the daily struggles and pressures we face.  Seasons of change drive us even more to our knees. Continue reading Encouraging Hearts

Discipline or Disciple?

I walk in the door from teaching ladies Bible study. It is 10 pm. I’m spent. . .emotionally, physically, and mentally. But my soul has been nourished from time in the Word.

Thoughts of walking into my quiet house delight me! The kids should all be in bed. . .and hopefully asleep by now!

As I enter the kitchen, disappointment awaits me. One of the kids is up waiting for me. My idea of a nice, quiet evening disappears quickly!

I fight the selfishness rising within my spirit. . .the irritation of having to deal with problems. . .and the frustration of losing my quiet evening.

She looks at me with big tears in her eyes. “Mom, I need to talk to you about what happened tonight.” Continue reading Discipline or Disciple?

A Letter to My Daughter

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from my journal…

April 2015

Dear Lauryn,

You hold such a special and tender place in my heart. My heart grieves with you today. This week has been a tough one for you. Saying goodbye to your sweet little cat Bolt has been a very hard thing. He brought you so much joy and delight!

I remember when you first brought him home. You cared for him so tenderly . . . like he was your own little baby. You’ve always had a gentle way with animals. And Bolt knew his owner was a softie! Continue reading A Letter to My Daughter

Just Say “Yes”

“Mama, can I build a tent in the schoolroom for Lynsey to play in?”

“No, I really would rather you not right now.  I don’t want you to get all that stuff out. Can’t you find something else to do?”

That part of me (the neat freak) that absolutely dreads seeing sheets, blankets, and other assorted items accumulating throughout the room that I just cleaned was shouting “NO, NO, NO!” in my head. Continue reading Just Say “Yes”