It was the summer of 1988, and like any typical high school girl, I couldn't wait to spend it hanging out with my BFFs: sunning at the beach, shopping at the mall, staying up all night at pajama parties, finding ways to run into good-looking boys — you know. I was a 15-year-old Christian girl with pretty solid values; however, I also yearned forthe adventurous, free-spirited life of my popular friends on the cheerleading squad. This would be my summer to finally have fun with the "in" crowd. However, God had a different plan. It started with my own disobedience. The last week of school, I Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
We've all seen pleas for help like this from our fellow moms of teens on Facebook: "My teenage daughter is addicted to her phone, and if we take it away for punishment, she acts like her life is over! How can I be firm without becoming public enemy No. 1?" And that's just the tip of the teens vs. parents iceberg... At a local homeschool conference I attended this month, I had the chance to sit in on an insightful session about teen independence vs. parental authority. This is a hot topic for any Christian parent — regardless of your schooling choices for your children. I was really blessed Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Sometimes I read a verse and it won't let me go. It burrows deep into my heart, nudging me toward something fresh. Or maybe it nestles down into my mind, pushing me to new understanding. A few years ago Psalm 62:8 was etched on my heart and carried me through the most difficult season of my life so far. When I was in high school, 2 Corinthians 5:17 drew a circle around me and my identity in Christ. Fourteen years ago when my daughter was born, Lamentations 2:19 helped define my role as a mom. A few weeks ago Psalm 71 was part of my Lenten readings. I pondered the psalmist's plea for God's Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When you are faced with major decisions regarding your homeschooling, your family, your own personal role and relationships, seeking God’s direction can seem very daunting. Even daily decisions can get bogged down with the opinions and advice of others, self doubt, and conflicting messages from our culture. As I shared in Part One and Part Two of this series, what I discovered was that my desire for “confirmation” from God regarding His direction was motivated by the fact that I really wanted to feel secure that it was OK to make the choices that felt right to me, forgetting that what “feels Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Do you have a situation in your life that seems impossible? Perhaps you have a serious physical problem that you are dealing with. Or maybe your family is in the midst of a severe financial crisis. Or you might have a dream in your heart that is so incredibly big you don't know how you'll ever achieve it. Well, I want to encourage you today that no matter what you are facing, nothing is impossible if you will believe! Remember that your Father is the Almighty God – the Creator of the universe! In Genesis 18:9-13, Sarah laughed to herself when she heard the Lord tell Abraham that they would Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
It's early morning, 5:38am to be exact. My over-tired eyes have only been closed for a couple of hours, when I hear my alarm ringing next to me. I reach over to mute it, but my hand runs into something. Barely able to open my eyes, I see my two youngest sons silently staring at me, just waiting for their mama to wake up. This was not part of my plan. Don't get me wrong. I adore my sweet children to pieces. But there's a reason I've set my alarm to wake me up so early even though I barely got any sleep. And it did not include...taking care of requests and needs from two small ones at such an Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
2014. For real? I've been out of high school for 25 years. Don't bother with the math — I'm 42 and graduated in 1989. I don't feel 42 most of the time. Not that I really know how 42 feels, I guess; but I don't feel like I always thought 42 would feel. Anyway, I suppose I'm feeling a little reflective as I consider that 25 years ago this month I began my last semester of high school. Here are some things I was sure of back then: I'd be a wildly successful political consultant, probably a key advisor on at least one presidential campaign. I might be married but definitely not to a Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Whether you are faced with a life change or simply at a mental crossroads, seeking God's direction can seem very challenging. We may spend hours in prayer, seek the wisdom of others, and often look for "signs" along the road. However, I would argue that seeking God's direction doesn't have to be as complex as we perceive it to be. As a teen, I remember being so frustrated with my parents' decision to homeschool me along with my much younger siblings when I was just two years away from graduating high school. I had a "serious" boyfriend at the time, was very active in school sports and Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
The weather has been so beautiful. We've had more moisture this year than we've had in a long time and our summer only had a few hot weeks with some beautifully mild breaks in between. This past month was actually the hottest, but still barely got into the 100's a few times. Today we have the windows open and a damp, cool breeze is sifting through the house. The smell is wonderful. We've all had sniffles and sneezes lately. The weeds are giving their last effort to seed. The farmers are bailing feed and admiring their milo crops in the fields. After the awful wheat harvest, they are very Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Music has always spoken to me. I can still remember songs I learned as a child in summer camp and the lyrics that spoke to me as a dramatic teenage girl as if I had just heard them today — and I remember exactly how I felt at the time. I remember the joy and the tears, the peace and the discontent. And the longer I journey with the Lord, the more I believe that He intended for us to attach music to our life experiences in this way. As much as I enjoy music, I'll be the first to admit that I am not much of a musician. I learned to play the violin as an elementary school student, but I don't Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.