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,…

All My Unread Books

I have recently benefited from psychiatric treatment for my life-long battle with depression. One of the focus areas of this treatment is identifying the roots of my anger and how it manifests in my life. Recently, I realized how angry I am with God about slavery. I realized this after I came across a bunch of…

Do You Monsterize Yourself?

You’re a mom, NOT a monster. Yet how often do your mistakes become your reasons to feel evil and ugly? This struck me as I was reading Feeling Good, a mood therapy book that exposes destructive thinking habits. While author David Burns uses “monsterizing” to describe how we label others who make us angry, my thoughts…

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…

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #5: The Gift of Soul Care

  OK Husbands. This one’s for you. Before you go out this weekend to buy perfume, a sexy dress, truffles, or a gym membership as a Mother’s Day gift, let me clue you in to something every husband needs to remember: there’s more to your wife than her body. Yeah,  I know. Eve’s physical presence was…

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #2: The Gift of Solitude

Every mom on the planet needs time alone. We love our whining teens, puking babies, and frail parents, but we still need a break from the demands of caring for these wonderful people. So keep this in mind as you consider what to give your favorite mom for Mother’s Day. Here are some ideas on how…