10 October

To Be Honest

To Be Honest

To be honest… as Highpoint’s worship leader, Josh Maze, so eloquently wrote a powerful song about… I don’t feel like writing. I am spent. The last 7 days have been so full. Full of death and full of life. Full of despair and full of joy. Full of people asking, “Where is God?” and others […]

3 October

One of the most important decisions

One of the most important decisions

In the lives of teenagers, we beg them to make pre-decisions. We desperately don’t want them to make decisions in the heat of the moment. Whether it’s a decision to lie or tell the truth, go too far or say no, or betray a friend, making a decision in advance of the opportunity of temptation […]

26 September

What if God wanted to use you?

What if God wanted to use you?

This last week started a marathon of final college visits for my daughter. The disadvantage of having a mother who used to work in college admissions is that my children have been subjected to my insistence to do as much as possible to get a feel for an institution. We drove 16 hours in 2 […]

19 September

Using Your Darkness as Light

Using Your Darkness as Light

How many times did you have an upset stomach as a child? Not exactly a rare occurrence, right? As a mom, how many times do you wonder if your child is just milking it when they complain of a tummy ache? Kristy was a more compassionate mom than me. So, in August 2014, when her […]

12 September

How to Ruin Your Child – Part 2

How to Ruin Your Child – Part 2

If you joined me last week, you know one of the quickest ways to ruin your child is to expect them to be just like you. I spent many years wanting my son to approach the world in the linear, systematic way that I did. Of course, my way was right! I was the parent, […]

5 September

How to Ruin Your Child – Part 1

How to Ruin Your Child – Part 1

On occasion in the Conlee household, we’ve been known to say we have two “mini me’s.” Our son, Mark, shares many similarities with his father. They order almost identical meals at every restaurant. They wear the same size clothes, and if you’ve ever seen them walk, you automatically know they’re related. On the estrogen side […]

29 August

What kind of woman are you?

What kind of woman are you?

Sometimes we can read the Bible and think, “I’d never do that!” The accounts may seem extreme or difficult to relate to, especially as you journey through the Old Testament. I was recently in 1 Kings. (A chart might have been helpful to keep up with all the different king swapping!) I’m confident I’ll never […]

22 August

Lessons Learned from Checking Out – Part 2

Lessons Learned from Checking Out – Part 2

Today, I’ll wrap up my 2-part series on lessons I learned from our sabbatical. Since my last post, we‘ve delivered our firstborn to college. I’m tempted to write the top 10 places that moms can cry when dropping off a college freshman, but I’ll save that for another day… when it’s actually funny. In the […]

15 August

Lessons Learned from Checking Out – Part 1

Lessons Learned from Checking Out – Part 1

To be completely transparent, I hesitate a little bit to share about our sabbatical. I recently had someone say, “I sure would like to take two months off work.” My insides did a somersault. I get it. It’s a rare gift to be able to check out of life for two months. I don’t know […]

8 August

How much would you give to have your child covered in prayer?

How much would you give to have your child covered in prayer?

I’m back. My laptop and I enjoyed a vacation from each other, but I’m excited after a 2-month sabbatical with my family to be back at life and resuming my blog. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the experiences and lessons the Lord taught me from our summer… however, just like you, the summer […]