I Wouldn’t Do That

The other day, 10-year-old Jessica spent the afternoon at a friend’s house. When she returned home, she brought with her a plastic Ziploc baggie of some of the cookies they had made. She placed the bag on the kitchen counter, and we managed to enjoy some cookies without eating them all the first night. That’s […]


A week or two ago, I went to the Walmart Neighborhood Market in our, well, neighborhood. I intended to buy only a gallon of milk and a pack of candy for Timmy. It was a trip that should have cost me about $3.50. Want to know what I wound up buying? Brown sugar Frozen chicken […]

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 […]

When You’re Tempted to Get Good Things in a Bad Way

I should have known, when Timmy was playing quietly in his room for too long, that something was amiss. I realized it when I entered his room and saw large, looping swirls all across his carpet—in yellow marker. “Timmy?” I sighed. “Did you draw on your floor with this yellow marker?” “Uh…uh….” Timmy ducked his […]

The Ultimate Reason We Hide from God

The seven of us had just arrived home from a trip to Houston. Of course, we all had plenty of stuff to unpack and put away. I headed to my bedroom to take care of the things in my suitcase, but the door was, strangely, locked. So I picked the lock with a toothpick we […]

When Satan Tries to Bring You Down

Some days, the most exciting part of my day is when the kids’ bedtime arrives. Such was the case the other day. I found Timmy playing games on his computer, and I told him media time was over. The following conversation ensued: Me: “It’s time to get your jammies on.” Timmy: “But I want to […]

Nah…Nothing Could Go Wrong

Recently, I bought my son, Timmy, a child-sized skateboard. If you’ve read my blog for very long, or followed me on Facebook, you’ve “met” him, and you know why buying him a skateboard means making sure he only uses it outside, where nobody and nothing else is around, and making sure our health insurance is […]

What Moms Can Learn from Moses

You would think that of all the people depicted in the Bible, the moms would be the ones who could best understand our frustrations as mothers. That’s probably why there are so many books titled something like, “Moms of the Bible.” We’re supposed to read about moms and learn from them. Be inspired by them, […]

What’s Really in the Box?

Imagine you’re a seven-year-old child who has just received a gift from someone. You’re happy about that, of course. You thank the giver, and you open the box. Now, imagine that inside the box is not just one gift, but a whole slew of gifts! You find a paint set, a craft kit, some candy, […]

Well…You Know…

I realize that when you attend a church worship service, the idea is that you’re supposed to pay attention. But sometimes, it’s difficult. Sometimes, you have other things on your mind. Maybe you get distracted by somebody in another pew. Or maybe, like at our church, they dim the lights (except those focusing on the […]

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