• No Joy Moms

    It took all the self-control I could muster to contain myself. If my husband hadn’t been there, insisting that I hold my tongue, I would’ve unloaded uninvited counsel. He and I were spending a day together just kicking around at antique shops and flea markets. It was one of those rare laid-back days where you hit the road without an agenda and see where you end up. We were just enjoying being together. We were at our first stop, rummaging through a stack of old books when I heard it—the loud obnoxious bellowing of a no-joy mom. She had an irritating, high volume, with an enormous amount of verbiage continually streaming and…

  • Cultivating an Overflow of 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,…

  • Understanding Job

    By Carrie Ward The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21 After a little more than two years of reading the Bible, the children and I arrived at the book of Job. When I say that Job was difficult, that might be an understatement. Job can be a hard book for adults to sift through, but reading this book to children was especially tough. The book begins by describing Job’s remarkable wealth and his righteous character. Then suddenly we are transported to a scene in heaven and told of a significant conversation between the Lord and Satan. (A conversation not revealed to…