The last year has been one of the most challenging, rewarding, and beautiful years of my life! How quickly my little boy went from 6 lb. 8 oz. to 20 lb. 14.5 oz. And even though I miss holding him as a tiny baby [born July 23], each new stage is so marvelous. I’ve found it extraordinary to see how a human being adjusts to a brand new world outside the
“Sanctuary… is a word which here means a small, safe place in a troubling world. Like an oasis in a vast desert or an island in a stormy sea” (Lemony Snicket). Back in 2005ish when I first watched Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I remember the above narration stirring my imagination.
Life is made up of moments in which we choose between the things that will destroy us or bring us life. We have to intentionally seek to reflect Christ. Where I allow my thoughts and emotions to go matters a great deal. And what I choose to do with my time has an enormous impact on who I am…
I think that the names we give our children have the potential to help shape who they become. I want to talk to our sons about their names and why we gave them to them. I know they will someday choose their own way and that my time with them in my home is short. And so my influence and example…
Sin sometimes seems so elusive. We easily stifle conviction and make excuses. That practice hardens us to God’s will that we’d put on the image of Christ.
Of course I love being a mom and love my kiddos, but the truth is also that parenting has been the most exhausting experience of my life. My heart and I often lost touch with each other during these first few years of parenting. Jesus is fixing that problem by calling my heart to Him.
Let’s cut to the chase. It is becoming more and more common for those in the Church, in an attempt to show love and compassion, to suggest that issues such as homosexuality and abortion are complicated and require Christians to try and see things from the viewpoint of those directly involved with the
I recently watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Have you seen it? You have to see it. Giving a glimpse of the world through a child’s eyes, the film follows the story of a naive 8-year-old boy who tries to make sense of the world during the Nazi holocaust.
I was so distraught during this entire movie. Sitting on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t help but
Early in our marriage, I learned how valuable it is to take a genuine interest in Nathan’s passions. For example, my husband has loved hockey since he was a little boy. So now I love it too. I cheer for the Colorado Avalanche alongside him and then cheer for him as he scores goals for the Medium-speed Zombies, his roller hockey team.
Trying to develop more awareness for the simple, daily blessings from God, I began last week to post about those blessings. I shared that oftentimes not seeing the blessings leads to a sense of ungratefulness that turns my heart away from God. That must change. A shift must take place in
The other day, my “little” brother, Caleb, and I were chatting on the phone about the inspirational messages we see everywhere. I see them on tea bags, blogs, bumper stickers, Facebook posts, viral YouTube videos, etc. “Believe in yourself!” “You can do anything you put your mind to!” “Be
When the blessings in my life go unnoticed, I find that I spend an awful lot of time focusing selfishly – often ungratefully – on myself. So much for loving God and others well! How silly this is! If I just take two seconds to think about what Yahweh God has done for me, how could I be ungrateful? How could I not
I went to a funeral today and it got me thinking: What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind when I die? I decided that I want my life to proclaim that there is hope – a hope. To that end, these songs stir my imagination. Please give them a listen. These questions run through my mind as I listen: What is Christ yet