Like a Little Child

You know how it goes. You’ve left your child in childcare somewhere (your church, your homeschool co-op, your MOPS group), and walked away despite the tears and cries and outstretched arms calling you back. Then, halfway through your event, the unthinkable happens: Circumstances conspire to require you to walk past the room your child is […]

An Open Letter to My Toddler Son

Dear Timmy, For just a moment, I can sit down, take a breather, and write you this letter. I have just put you down for a nap, and you’re likely to stay there for at least a few minutes, until you decide you’re done with being in your room by yourself, and you toddle out […]

When You’ve Been with Jesus

Early that morning, my husband dressed Timmy, our two-year-old, in shorts and a short-sleeved, navy blue polo shirt. Timmy looked neat and clean (and handsome, I might add). But only a few hours later—by midmorning—the front of Timmy’s shirt was no longer pristine. Brightly-colored flecks of Play-Doh dotted the blue cotton, visible reminders of our […]

Why Jesus’ Resurrection Matters to You

Yesterday, on Easter, I staged an Easter egg hunt for my children in the front yard. They wound up with more candy than they needed. But getting candy isn’t the reason why Jesus’ resurrection matters. Neither does the Easter matter simply because it means the chance to dress up in new clothes and make sure […]

Mall Treasure Hunt

During the Advent season, the kids and I do various special activities all meant to help us focus on Jesus and His birth. One of the kids’ favorite activities is the mall treasure hunt. I print out an identical sheet of paper for each child with pictures of things like candy canes, Santa, wreaths, stars, […]

Nothin’ to Say

Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of speaking to a neat group of Christians about what children need from their parents’ marriage. Afterward, the ladies (and some of the husbands and children) all went out to lunch. One first-time mom named Kelly had brought her infant daughter. She was in the process of sharing cute […]

Hope Now

If you’ve been following my devotions for very long, you know I love writing about heaven. I love thinking about the incredible things God has planned for us and wants us to look forward to; I love encouraging others to do the same. I’m glad and relieved to know that heaven awaits me—that this life […]

How to Know God

Because of a sinful nature, every human being is born estranged from God. (Romans 3:23) God is morally perfect (holy), and therefore cannot look upon and ignore our sin. In His holiness, He must punish sin. So where does that leave us? It leaves us deserving of death and hell. (Romans 6:23) It doesn’t matter […]

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