Advent Reflection: Gentle Family Living

He tends his flock like a shepherd:     He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;     he gently leads those that have young. This verse in Isaiah 40 encouraged me quite a bit as I was raising a house full of children. I was heartened that God was my shepherd and…

An Early Christmas Gift

Monday, November 13th is a special day for me. I will be featured in the coming weeks on World Radio as a guest commentator, and tomorrow my first 4-minute segment will air. This is such a gift because this time last year, my little business venture was doomed. My goal had been to provide a…

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…

My Experience with Sexual Harrassment

  When I was 18, a married man kissed me on the lips. He was a friend of my father’s and they knew each other through work-related business. He was much younger than my dad, maybe 25. I will call him Jeff. I had just been accepted to Ivy League schools and Jeff had attended…

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…