Spiritual encouragement for those seeking a deeper experience of God, from a writer passionate about making faith real.
My son, my youngest child, turned 18 yesterday. By some definitions, an adult. A letter from the Selective Service showed up in today’s mail. (Gulp).
I will always be his mother, and he will continue to be dependent on me and my husband for several years yet. But this is the last year he will live at home, the last season in which we can have daily, in person contact.
Some of the best parenting advice I ever got was simply this: keep the end in mind. When kids develop their own opinions (which starts at day one but really accelerates at...
Life change happens in small groups. If we ask ourselves and our groups the right questions, we can create environments for transformation.
If you lead a small group, one of your goals might be to help those in your group grow spiritually–transformed spiritually, even. As leaders, we want to take people on a journey of transformation. But in order to do that, we ourselves must be on the journey.
After all, the Bible tells us that transformation should happen as a result of our encounter with Christ. Like vinegar on baking soda in a...
I’ve been working as a writer since I graduated from college almost three decades ago. Some years (when I worked full-time for a newspaper, for example, or when I wrote four books in one year) I made a decent living. Other years, (when I had toddlers underfoot, for example) writing was a part-time gig and I was glad to have the back up of my husband’s income.
But in recent years, I’ve made a living as a freelancer. (Admittedly, some years, a better living than others.) If you’re a writer and wondering if you can do the same, here are a...
The Christmas season is one of joy, and angst. We long to have a meaningful, simple Christmas season, but we get sucked into consumerism and a Black Friday frenzy that spilled, this year, into Thursday.
Eleven months of the year, we are pragmatists who believe frozen pizza is a nutritious meal, since it includes all the four food groups of our youth: grain, dairy, meat and veggie (never mind that all but veggie are now considered unhealthy). But in December, we suddenly think it’s a great idea to construct side dishes that need 12...
The smell of cinnamon assaults anyone who wanders into my kitchen today, as my Christmas baking has begun. Christmas music plays, and I bake. It’s an annual tradition.
Earlier this afternoon, the counter was crowded with my old recipe book, flour and bowls and mess.
Now, loaves of pumpkin bread cool on the counter, waiting to be tucked into boxes and mailed to far-flung family members and friends.Out of the mess and chaos that becomes bread dough, comes food. Sustenance. The clearest way I know to say I love you to people I care...
“You have all the time you need to do the things that God has called you to do.”
The words of a wise friend, they snagged on my busy soul—all the time I need? Really? Then why do I feel so hurried? Why do I never have enough time?
What makes this counter-cultural statement true is that last part: “that God has called you to do.” You do not have all the time you need to do everything that you feel like doing, or all the things that other people ask you to do.
Believing we have “enough”—of anything—depends on holding two...
Parenting isn’t easy–but it’s even harder if you try to go it alone. The good news is, you don’t have to!
That’s why I’m a huge fan of Moms Together, an online community that draws moms together to encourage each other and learn from one another. You’ll find practical advice and connection with other parents.
I am privileged to be a part of the conversation with this cozy group of 16,000 moms tomorrow. I have a blog post on Laura Polk’s blog tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about...
Are you doing a summer book club or study group? I’d love to hear about it–and send you bookplates.
Courtney emailed this week to tell me she’s leading a summer study of my book Breathe this summer. She’ll be using the free study guide I created when the book was published. Breathe was subsequently released under the title Making Room for God in Your Hectic Life, but the study questions are still applicable.
In addition to the study guide, I’m glad to send your group personalized book plates. These are cute...
Family devotions have often felt like an epic fail for us.
When my children were small, my husband and I wanted to be what we thought were good Christian parents, so we read Bible stories to them. My husband would come up with what he hoped were discussion questions. Sometimes they loved hearing the stories, but other times the kids would just stare at him, or go off on tangents. Trying to lead an inductive Bible study for preschoolers is about as hard as it sounds.
So we were wildly inconsistent over the years at actually sitting down...
Our friend Tim Fall graciously invited me to guest post at his blog today. An excerpt to entice you:
What is meant by “a room of her own” has been discussed countless times since Woolf said them in 1928. It’s obvious she meant much more than a physical space with four walls to contain it. But certainly she was talking about some space, and boundaries to protect it (whether physical or metaphorical).
Read the rest of my article on Tim’s...