Why You Can’t Appreciate God’s Grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. God’s grace is, indeed, amazing. In fact, it’s absolutely unfathomable that God would choose to take on human form, come to earth, live among us, then sacrifice Himself in […]

What Jesus Did for You at Calvary That You May Never Have Realized

I’m 45 years old. Easter 2016 has been my 46th Easter. I’ve heard the Easter story hundreds of times. I’ve known for many years that “Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins.” But there’s something about what Jesus did on Calvary that I never realized until this year. And it’s something […]

When You Just Can’t Get it Right

My precious daughter Lindsey is a sweet, loving girl. She wants nothing more in life than to please and encourage others and have others delight in her right back. I literally almost never have discipline problems with her (at least not the kind where she misbehaved, but knew better). One thing Lindsey does struggle with, […]


I sat in the warmth of the hot tub, letting the heat and bubbles relax me. I was watching 6-year-old Jessica, who was in the adjacent pool, just to make sure she didn’t need me. But the pool was chillier than I preferred, so I watched from the hot tub. Jessica and I were there […]

Into the Light

Two days ago was my daughter Jessica’s 6th birthday party. She chose an eclectic theme—duck cake, princess plates and decorations, and rainbow invitations. She wore a sparkly pink “Birthday Girl” shirt, and she wanted her hair put in “dog ears” (otherwise known in the part of the country where I grew up as “pony tails”). […]

Better Off

Yesterday morning, our church held an awards ceremony for the children during the education hour. This ceremony was designed to recognize the children for the work they’ve done all year long in attending Sunday School, demonstrating good effort in learning, mastering Bible knowledge, etc. There was also a light lunch served, which is always welcome. […]

Badder and Badder

Last night, I took my four older children to a friend’s house for a playdate. Her 6-year-old daughter is my 6-year-old’s BFF, and her son is friends with my older son and daughter. All the kids get along together, and it’s always a fun and relaxing time for my friend and me to chat. We […]

Cheetah Spray

Sometimes, the conversations you overhear while your children are playing are really interesting. Such was the case not long ago when Ellie and Lindsey were playing with their Littlest Pet Shop toys. They had the entire playroom floor covered with their setup and were happily bringing the characters to life. It sounded pretty normal until […]

Bath Time

I remember a time a few years ago when I had a couple of my kids in the bathtub at the same time. By now, I don’t even remember which two were in there. But I remember hearing the squealing and splashing. Splashing that sounded more like a tsunami, as in huge quantities of water […]

Too Far

Recently my youngest daughter, 3-year-old Jessica, stuck a small rock up her nose. I mean, wayyyyy up. The first thing I knew about it was when I suddenly heard Jessica screaming in the living room as if something was actually wrong (as opposed to that I-just-want-attention cry). I sent Ellie to check on her. Within […]

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