17 April

Avoiding “Foot in Mouth” Disease

Avoiding “Foot in Mouth” Disease

I have stuck my foot in my mouth so many times in the last month that I have lost count. There was the time when I introduced myself to a young lady that I had prayed for several times and had known for literally years. There was the occasion where I mentioned the ramifications of […]

18 February

My Friends Matter

My Friends Matter

If you are the parent of a teenager, you know how much friends matter in the life of your child. While it is certainly true at an earlier age, the importance takes on even greater implications when your child is no longer under your direct supervision for social and extracurricular events, not to mention car […]

4 February

Mother-In-Law

Mother-In-Law

There is a cloud that surrounds most mothers-in-law. You know all of the jokes and some of you know a lot of pain. The leaving and cleaving of marriage combined with honoring our parents is a pair of truths that can be complicated. Often we are good at leaving and lousy at honoring OR we […]

23 January

Working for the CIA, part 2

Working for the CIA, part 2

In my blog on Tuesday, I began sharing all of the lessons I am learning as the mother of teenagers. There is a part of me that wonders if I should withhold this information until after they leave my home. It is a tension I manage. Some things I will withhold out of respect for […]

21 January

Working for the CIA, part 1

Working for the CIA, part 1

My children are convinced that I work for the CIA. In some ways, I think I might be qualified by the time they graduate. For security reasons, I can’t reveal all my secrets, but this week I thought that I would pass on what I have learned to any other parent trying to keep up […]

16 January

Is Bigger Better? ….

Is Bigger Better? ….

After ten days in Israel, we hopped on a plane and headed to Rome. Quite honestly, I am still pinching myself. I never imagined traveling to either historic destination, let alone both in one trip. Each day we walked in Jerusalem, we were face to face with where Scripture happened. I started marking my Bible […]

14 January

Eleven Hours and 35 minutes…

Eleven Hours and 35 minutes…

When was the last time you sat down for eleven hours? I am laughing at the ridiculous question. Most of us can’t even remember the last time we slept for eleven hours, let alone sat down. For those with small children, just dream a little. Imagining an hour without little hands, little voices, and big […]

9 January

Major on the Majors

Major on the Majors

During my recent journey to Jerusalem, our sweet guide kept telling us that most things in Israel come in pairs. Over centuries, people with competing agendas and perspectives have claimed different sites where a myriad of biblical events occurred. We would frequently ask, “Is this location historical or traditional?” as we approached a new site. […]

7 January

Unmet Expectations

Unmet Expectations

For the last week, I have had the amazing privilege of visiting Israel. It is definitely one of those experiences that is difficult to put into words. It hardly seems real that I actually was on the Sea of Galilee and walked in the city of David. Over the next few weeks, I hope to […]

2 January

Happy New Year 2014!

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Happy New Year 2014!

It is January 2nd. Are you already tired of the New Year’s resolution pitch? It feels like everything you see between December 26th and January 1st screams of new starts, new promises you must make, and the hope for a better new year. Before we quickly cross off the idea as a failed tradition, I think it […]