Every mom feels tired, defeated, ornery, overwhelmed, or depressed at some point or another. I have too. For years, I linked my negative emotions to the demands of motherhood since I had never really felt quite so stressed and irritable until my kids were born. But now that my children are grown, why do I … Continue reading What if motherhood is not the problem?
Motherhood, the Christian life, and life in general offer many opportunities for feeling flawed and hopeless. When we sin, we feel unworthy of God's love. When we make parenting mistakes, we feel our children deserve better. When family and friends reject us, we feel despised. I am beginning to realize how much of my adult … Continue reading When You’re Feeling Worthless
I've spent the past three days staring at the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony of a condo at Kiawah Island. There's nothing quite like spending time with God as nature stares back, speaking truth. You'll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean. Micah 7.19 (MSG) That's where God wants our sins. Thrown where … Continue reading What does it mean to cover sin?
With only two weekends left before Christmas, you may be reckoning with the fact that time is running out to create the holiday you envisioned on December 1st. On that day, you may have scanned Pinterest for decorating ideas, kids' crafts, and cookie recipes, but none of those holiday activities have materialized. Maybe you intended … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Let go of Christmas craziness
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. This verse in Isaiah 40 encouraged me quite a bit as I was raising a house full of children. I was heartened that God was my shepherd and … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Gentle Family Living
Today is the last first day of school in America. By the end of the week, most moms will have resigned themselves to the bittersweet rhythms of another school year. On one hand, it's great to have the children back into a routine. On the other hand, peace often fades as school year demands settle … Continue reading School In. Peace Out.