Timeless Parenting

Next to to my Bible, Andrew Murray’s book How to Raise Your Children for Christ was my go-to source of inspiration as a parent. Murray died in 1917, but his timeless truths enabled me to grow strong as a mother. Do you have a reliable source of Christian wisdom to guide your parenting? In our…

From My Journal: The Quest to Raise Good Kids

When I heard Fats Domino died, I was immediately reminded that our daughter Erica and a group of college peers had worked on repairing his house after Hurricane Katrina. Their photo appeared in newspapers around the country, and thanks to the Associated Press, I was able to find it quickly online. The special opportunity my…

School In. Peace Out.

Today is the last first day of school in America. By the end of the week, most moms will have resigned themselves to the bittersweet rhythms of another school year. On one hand, it’s great to have the children back into a routine. On the other hand, peace often fades as school year demands settle…

A Few Verses that Shaped Our Parenting

On Palm Sunday we were blessed to watch as our youngest child – Cynthia, age 20 – was baptized. Before church, I pondered the 33-year parenting journey Joe and I have traveled with our seven children, and I gave thanks to God for his incredible truths that offered us guidance and strength. I share them…

The Surprising Beauty of Failure

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…

Chaos is a Choice

Sometimes, we moms need a talking-to that will motivate us to forsake bad habits and excuses. Allowing excessive chaos during Christmas is one of those things we need to forsake, especially since it’s supposed to be a season of peace and joy. I am not talking about controlled chaos: Allowing kids to make messes with crafts….