5 Tips for Disciplining Your Child with Love & Grace apologizing apology discipline grace motherhood parenting

“I hope when the kids are grown, the mom they remember is the one who took them to the zoo and played board games and baked cookies with them, not the one who completely lost her cool over the dumbest things,” I laughed to my husband. But the joking tone couldn’t completely mask...

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Want to love your friends? Try this one simple trick encouragement love your friends

I have to tell you… I cried a little when I saw this picture. Like, real, actual tears.

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No, it’s not because I love Hobby Lobby that much. (I DO love the Lobby, though. I’m not gonna lie.) And it’s not because Grace was coming home with more art supplies. (OK, maybe a...

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Honoring God with our rocks: What God really wants from us accomplishments gifts honoring god parenting

“Mommy, look! Look what I have for you!”

No sooner had I heard the opening of the front door than my kindergartner’s voice filled the house. He was absolutely bursting with excitement, his face alight with joy and love. He had brought me a present. He had brought me… a...

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Not good enough: Finding freedom in the midst of our faults good enough identity purpose weakness

As an adoptee, I’ve spent many an hour wondering about nature versus nurture. What traits have I inherited? What have I learned from my environment? What makes me who I am? In other words, who do I have to thank—or blame —for me?

These questions became even more poignant as...

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3 simple steps to easing your emotional pain & improving your outlook emotional pain loving jesus perspective posture prayer rest

If 2020 has taught me one thing, it is that I must have deep tear ducts. I have cried more in the past four months than I ever dreamed possible. I cried when we cancelled Joey’s birthday party, when schools closed for the remainder of the year, when I couldn’t visit my dad in the...

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Tell yourself the truth: Putting a stop to the negative messages in our minds loving jesus meditation positive god-talk scripture truth

If I’m being honest, last week was a bit of a roller coaster here. Some great moments, and some rather tear-filled ones. I’m still feeling a little whiplashed.

And, you know, that’s life. Ups and downs. Good days and hard days. This too shall pass. We know all of this, but when...

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Finding your life purpose might be simpler than you think catechism glorify god identity purpose

A few years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to teach my kids the Westminster shorter catechism. And it would have been a good idea, actually, but my enthusiasm fizzled out quickly. (In case you were under the delusion that I have it all together as a parent, rest assured. I...

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Trusting God in the unexpected purpose supposed to be trust

In life, we expect to have certain defining moments, but we think we know what they will be: a graduation, a first job, a wedding day, a new baby. But what happens when a new “milestone” pops up and changes the trajectory you thought you had?

In the months after Joey’s Down...

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Remember: God’s faithfulness is on display in our struggles faithfulness god's faithfulness hope purpose remember trust

The day Joey was diagnosed with Down syndrome, we left the geneticist’s office with a book called Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents’ Guide. In the introduction, the editor encourages the parent carrying the weight of the heavy burden to take lots of pictures of their...

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When we don’t know why faith plan prayer purpose question trust why

“I have to admit, Lord, I don’t really understand what You are doing here.”

I walked around my neighborhood, praying as I took in some fresh air. Praying for my husband, my children, some dear friends… and I realized I had been praying some of these same prayers over and...

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