There's a light at the end of the tunnel, folks. Since my kids were born, we've been in the throes of "I won't eat anything but chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches." Try as I might to introduce them to different foods, my kids would, without fail, take the one required bite … Continue reading A Pinch of Salt Is All You Need
"I would sell my soul for a piece of chocolate right now." Okay, we all know this a figure of speech. No one would actually sell their soul for food, right? (Although I admit, there were times during the worst of my pregnancy cravings I might have come pretty doggone close!) But we all know, … Continue reading My Birthright for Some Stew!
I don't remember a lot about my childhood birthdays but there is one particular moment from one particular birthday that lingers even now, over thirty years later. One of those "flashbulb" memories, if you will. It was my sixth birthday, and my parents threw a large bonfire-type get together with my entire extended family. The … Continue reading The Worst (and Best) Gift I Ever Received
My children attend a private Christian school and, for the most part, it is a blessing. Every day I am thankful to have this opportunity to send my kids to a place where they are surrounded by other believers, where they are taught the Truth of God's Word, and where the focus on their education … Continue reading Why, Then, Do You Judge Your Own Brother?
My ten year-old son is not a singer. Don't get me wrong. He likes music. He'll often ask to listen to specific songs, but he usually sits in quiet reflection while they play rather than in animated karaoke (which is much more my daughter's speed). So when my reserved, pensive child starts singing (even if … Continue reading Revolutionary Love
I love praise music. Regardless of your preference--old school hymns, contemporary Christian, soulful gospel--there is something powerful about using your voice and your body to worship our Creator. I usually try to start out my day with praise music, listening to it as I do my hair and ready myself in the morning; to me, … Continue reading The Sacrifice of Praise
I HATE cleaning the bathroom. Like, Hate-with-a-capital-H. I'm a writer by day but a momma by night and, with a military husband, many of the household chores usually fall on my shoulders. For the most part, I don't mind. I don't mind packing lunches. I don't mind doing laundry. I don't even mind tidying the … Continue reading Change Your Why
The Bible is full of commands to love. In Matthew 22, Jesus, when questioned about the greatest commandment, replied, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as … Continue reading When God Calls Us to Hate
Every so often, when I'm reading my Bible, a line will stop me in my tracks...and not in a good way. I love the Psalms and spend a lot of time in them; I find them refreshing and challenging at the same time, a helpful tool especially when I can't find the words to pray. … Continue reading Sinful Top 100
Recently, over coffee with a friend, I learned of another friend who had suffered a heartbreaking personal tragedy. Not only was she suffering physically, but emotionally and spiritually, her grief was intense. I felt a stab of lament for her and assured my friend that yes, I would pray for our mutual friend. It was … Continue reading The Risks of Prayer