I was married at the age of twenty and enjoyed decades of being told I looked too young to be the mother of seven children and the wife of 30+ years. Those days are done, for sure. When I tell people I'm a grandmother, they don't flinch. As hard as that may be to accept, … Continue reading When Looking Young is No Longer a Goal
I have recently benefited from psychiatric treatment for my life-long battle with depression. One of the focus areas of this treatment is identifying the roots of my anger and how it manifests in my life. Recently, I realized how angry I am with God about slavery. I realized this after I came across a bunch of … Continue reading All My Unread Books
You're a mom, NOT a monster. Yet how often do your mistakes become your reasons to feel evil and ugly? This struck me as I was reading Feeling Good, a mood therapy book that exposes destructive thinking habits. While author David Burns uses "monsterizing" to describe how we label others who make us angry, my thoughts … Continue reading Do You Monsterize Yourself?
I just spent the winter hibernating after opening a business and closing it within six months. Ma Spa had fulfilled my dream to host mothers in a lovely space, to teach biblical principles about family, and to promote self-care. Christian Moms want to apply the Bible to family life, and we typically put ourselves last on … Continue reading The Surprising Beauty of Failure
OK Husbands. This one's for you. Before you go out this weekend to buy perfume, a sexy dress, truffles, or a gym membership as a Mother's Day gift, let me clue you in to something every husband needs to remember: there's more to your wife than her body. Yeah, I know. Eve's physical presence was … Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Idea #5: The Gift of Soul Care
Every mom on the planet needs time alone. We love our whining teens, puking babies, and frail parents, but we still need a break from the demands of caring for these wonderful people. So keep this in mind as you consider what to give your favorite mom for Mother's Day. Here are some ideas on how … Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Idea #2: The Gift of Solitude