14 March

Broken Hearts and Blame Games

Broken Hearts and Blame Games

The topic of parenting is cornering me on all sides: I’m in the beginning stages of writing a book with the working title Mom Guilt: Breaking Free from the Silent Struggles of Motherhood; Highpoint’s first parenting conference is around the corner (check out 7000days.org); and I also find myself in 1 Samuel where, within just […]

29 November

My Top 5 Lessons from 2016

My Top 5 Lessons from 2016

I’ve declared December a “no-blog zone” for me over the last few years, so this will be my final blog of 2016. Check out my top 5 lessons from this past year… 5. Room is necessary. As a parent, it’s scary to leave room for your child to make decisions. It seems so much easier […]

22 November

An 18-Year Wait

An 18-Year Wait

All of us have been teenagers and can recall some of the challenges of that season of life. Some of us now sit in the role of mom and get to watch our children as they grow and develop through those same stages. Many of us, including me, don’t have a longing to go back […]

4 October

Reflections from a Sports Mom

Reflections from a Sports Mom

Among the different hats I wear, I’ve spent the last 12 years as a sports mom. Over the years, soccer, football, cross country, track, basketball, lacrosse, and one brief season of T-ball (which ended quickly when Mark couldn’t understand why everyone got to be at bat even after 3 outs) have been on our calendar. […]

23 August

Pick a Freshman – Take 2

Pick a Freshman – Take 2

Sometimes I feel like a broken record. Seems like I’m telling my kids the same things or asking Chris the same questions over and over. When it comes to speaking and writing, however, I have this disdain for repetition. I’m not sure why. Chris often reminds me that I need to repeat myself more often. […]

9 August

The Journey

The Journey

Sometimes life wears me out. Sometimes parenting wears me out. Sometimes ministry wears me out. How about you? Can you relate? Then I look at Moses. And I find that God puts everything in perspective. I’ve been in the book of Numbers recently, so I’ve been reminded of how many stinking times the children of […]

2 August

This Ain’t Man Church!

This Ain’t Man Church!

Being a man seems like a pretty standard experience. (I’m just sayin’!) This thing called “culture” projects a relatively universal message of what life for a man should look like. You need to grow up, get an education, find a skill, and provide for your family. As a Christian, you would contextualize that same message […]

7 June

Long Before the Dorm Room

Long Before the Dorm Room

Growing up, academics were always valued in my home. (For some of you, your eyes are already rolling… hang on.) For whatever reason, I loved learning and enjoyed school. When I got married and thought of starting my own family, I longed for my children to have a great education and to value learning, too. […]

5 May

A Mother’s Day Toast

A Mother’s Day Toast

On this pre-Mother’s Day post, I interrupt my regularly scheduled programming to salute and encourage all women who endlessly give, and yet struggle to ever treat themselves… Most of the time, I sit down and intentionally plan out my blogs. Every once in a while, however, a blog kinda pops out of me. This is […]

8 March

Pick a Senior

Pick a Senior

It feels like eons ago, but back in August I asked you to pick a freshman. If you knew a freshman entering high school or college, I encouraged you to commit to praying for him or her for the first 2 months of the school year. As we round the bases and look at this […]