• A Mom’s “If Only” Regrets

    For me, one of the most painful parts of motherhood is watching my child suffer because of my sinful past. Oh, I wasn’t a bar-hopper, I didn’t cheat on my husband or beat my kids, but I was a sinful mom. I was selfish. Sometimes I was lazy. I procrastinated. Often I was disconnected rather than intentional in my parenting. My good intentions often ended in colossal failure. I was harsh. I was emotional. I was way too tired much of the time. I messed up.  I’ve never met a mom who didn’t have parenting regrets. I’ve never met a mom of a prodigal child who felt she’d done everything right. Every…

  • Intentionally Cultivating Gratitude

    My son’s eighth birthday party wasn’t the best. He had a birthday meltdown. It wasn’t pretty. There were a lot of contributing factors: too much cake and punch, high expectations, and disappointment over a game he created that no one could quite catch onto. His birthday meltdown was a wake-up call to me that I needed to take a more intentional approach to cultivating gratitude. We used that next year to focus on studying and developing gratitude and I saw real change take place in that little guy. The year we focused on gratitude, I introduced my children to the story of Fanny Crosby. You might not recognize the name Fanny Crosby,…

  • Death Words

    Do you have a tape recording in your head filled with phrases from your childhood? Even though he’s been gone since 2010, I can still hear my dad call out my name and some of his inspiring words still bring encouragement. Words are a lasting and powerful form of influence. Proverbs really nails it when it says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue . . .” I’ve spent the past month focusing on mothering or ways to disciple children. Nothing probably affects children more than how we speak to them. Although I’m moving on to a new topic on the blog (our communication), perhaps nothing is more…