Practice makes perfect. We know this is true for first steps, basketball shots, and multiplication tables. Practice means starting where we are with plans to improve. And when my large family decided to take on the challenge of going a year without grumbling (yes, really!), I knew it would take a lot of patience, a… [Continue Reading]
Sight and Sound Theater and Canyon Retreat … the best of Branson for families!
Sight and Sound Theater and Canyon Retreat … the best of Branson for families! Are you a large family looking for the perfect getaway retreat? Our favorite place to vacation in is Branson, Missouri. Why we love Branson: Family-friendly atmosphere. Lots to do! We love Silver Dollar City, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Amazing Acrobats of… [Continue Reading]
What Miriam in the Bible Can Teach Us About Positivity
Miriam in the Bible can teach us a lot About Positivity. She faced painful situations with grace and faith and her story shows how God honors those things. Let’s look at how we can do the same. What Miriam in the Bible Can Teach Us About Positivity A few weeks ago I was talking… [Continue Reading]
What Does God Ask of Us?
What Does God Ask of Us? So many times we want God to reveal Himself to us. We question if He is real. And if we do believe in Him, we expect Him to really put Himself on display in big ways. What I’ve discovered the 27 years since I’ve become a Christian is that… [Continue Reading]
6 Ways to Effectively Lead Young Children
What does it mean for a parent of a family to effectively lead young children? The answer to that question has come to me through years of trial and error (mostly error). As a young mom, I didn’t give leadership much thought — I was just trying to get through the day. But as my… [Continue Reading]
How to Pray for Your Child Each Day
How to Pray for Your Child Each Day So many times I find myself praying for the same things for my children. That they are healthy. That they are safe. That they are obedient. The other day I was reading the Bible, and I came upon Philippians 1:9-11: I pray that your love will overflow… [Continue Reading]
How to Stop Your Child’s Angry Cycle
How to Stop Your Child’s Angry Cycle The flash of anger in my tween daughter’s eyes surprised me. We’d been camping, and Maddie’s 6-year-old sister, Aly, had just burned her finger on hot ash. As I treated the wound, Maddie strode up. “I hurt myself, too,” she said, with attitude. “Last night when we were… [Continue Reading]
How do you tell your kids about a painful decision from your past?
How do you tell your kids about a painful decision from your past? It was a story I did not want to tell. But as Sanctity of Life Sunday approached, my pastor asked me to share my story with the church — the story I had kept secret for many years. My abortion story. And… [Continue Reading]
How To Find Peace in Chaos
How To Find Peace in Chaos. I know that most of the time I look encouraging to my online friends. Why? Well, I don’t want to be a complainer or a whiner. I truly believe we can do more by lifting up people than tearing people down. We can also live freer by rejoicing than… [Continue Reading]
How Prayer Changes the Future for Adoption
How Prayer Changes the Future for Adoption I’d like to think I’m an expert pray-er. I can clearly see how my prayers changed things. For example, I have three little kids—not birthed from me—running around my house who are examples of that. Yet the way that my prayers changed the future is different than you… [Continue Reading]
A Forever Home ~Hope for Orphans
A Forever Home ~Hope for Orphans I know my writing work is important because I get emails, tweets, and Facebook notes from online readers. But God reminds me often that my ministry isn’t just online … it’s offline, too. There are seasons when the most important heart I can touch is within arm’s reach. My… [Continue Reading]