When You’re Feeling Worthless

Motherhood, the Christian life, and life in general offer many opportunities for feeling flawed and hopeless. When we sin, we feel unworthy of God’s love. When we make parenting mistakes, we feel our children deserve better. When family and friends reject us, we feel despised. I am beginning to realize how much of my adult…

Advent Reflection: Let go of Christmas craziness

With only two weekends left before Christmas, you may be reckoning with the fact that time is running out to create the holiday you envisioned on December 1st. On that day, you may have scanned Pinterest for decorating ideas, kids’ crafts, and cookie recipes, but none of those holiday activities have materialized. Maybe you intended…

When Looking Young is No Longer a Goal

I was married at the age of twenty and enjoyed decades of being told I looked too young to be the mother of seven children and the wife of 30+ years. Those days are done, for sure. When I tell people I’m a grandmother, they don’t flinch. As hard as that may be to accept,…

When the Bride Wears Black

With two weddings in my family over the span of six weeks this summer, I have had many opportunities to enjoy and reflect upon the beautiful rituals associated with marriage ceremonies. Central to those traditions is the bride wearing white. A bride is the focus of the day; the beauty of the hour. She is…

The Prison of Perfectionism

Since the beginning of time, moms have wanted to be perfect. It started with Eve, enticed by the serpent who offered her an amazing deal: “Eat this and your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Who doesn’t want to be like God? Isn’t that the aim of the Christian life…

Why are Grandmothers So Chill?

Have you ever wondered why grandmothers enjoy children so much? It’s not just because we are madly in love with our grandchildren. And it’s not just because we want to recapture a long-gone season of nurturing, whether our own grands or other little ones. I can’t speak for all grandmothers, but I enjoy my grandchildren…