The Bible is for living, not for quoting

I love the Bible. I hug my Bible on a regular basis for its power to inspire and change me. I named my blog The Studious Mom because studying the Bible has been my favorite thing to do since I became a Christian in 1981. Yes, my faith in God and scriptures are tested by…

Seeing Our Bias Part I: Discomfort Required

After offering well-scripted talking points during an interview on CNN,  Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson choked up as he described how the recent arrest of two black men affected him personally. Spending time with the men was especially meaningful, and it has made him determined to fix the bias in his company. He said the effort is a…

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…

The Day He Called Me Gramma

I hated the idea of becoming a grandmother when my first grandchild was born three years ago today. Of course I was thrilled that my daughter was becoming a mother, but me? A grandma? I was 51, “too young,” and too prideful to see myself as “old” like that. For me, being a grandmother was…

From My Journal: “I need God’s wisdom day by day…”

I have a stack of journals in which I have detailed my many struggles as a wife, mother, and child of God. The earliest of them dates back to 1990 when I had four kids aged six to newborn. Twenty-seven years and 19 journals later, I continue to chronicle my heart’s story and I want…

Kids Don’t Always Have to be First

Children need our protection and care, especially those suffering from poverty, crime, and abuse. This post is not about them. This post is about children like mine and yours who have attentive parents and very comfortable lives. It occurred to me recently that nowhere in the Ten Commandments did God say:Honor your son and your daughter….