We Can’t Always Be There, But He Can

beach god is with them

Last month two of my kids had a brush with Death. The riptide caught them and was dragging them out to sea. The waves kept crashing over them. My husband could not get to them. I wasn’t there. But, I can see the images in my mind. I know the beach. I know my kids. I […]

Because I Don’t Need It

Fun photo of girl

Last week I shared one of the things that has really encouraged me over the last few weeks. God is not surprised by the challenges and hard stuff that come our way. Rather, He knows that they are coming, and He has prepared us for them. I was reminded of a different wrinkle recently when […]

Enjoy the Gift!

FishMama and kids

I lived a pretty over-confident childhood. For the most part, I had few self-esteem problems. (Read: I typically thought of myself more highly than I ought to have.) It wasn’t until the year of the miscarriages that I truly realized the world didn’t revolve around me. It was a hard realization. One of my take-aways was […]

Suffering and Beauty

mr and mrs mallard

The last month or so has been hard. Oklahoma. Boston. Texas. Gavin. Zach. There were more instances of individuals sharing their stories with me than normal. My days have been peppered with stories of folks hurting and in pain, both publicly and in private. Life is so full of pain and sadness. I catch mere glimpses of […]

How to Fight Like a Mother

how to fight like a mother

There’s a lot riding on our job as mothers. Each of us, gifted with different abilities and strengths; each of us, faced with unique personalities and challenges; each of us, no matter the circumstances, is called to get up and fight the good fight each morning. It might be managing a child’s disability and the […]

How We Wield Our Words

words mightier than a sword

How we wield our words has a huge impact on those around us. As they say, words are mightier than a sword. The Bible is full of cautions about how we use our tongue. One that I quote often at my house is this: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but […]

Living Debt Free

blue sky

For years, our family lived on the edge of financial ruin. We lived month-to-month, paycheck-to-paycheck. We were always frugal, but we lived beyond our means nonetheless. Since my husband was self-employed, all it took was an injury or a slough of bad weather to put us off our game. I lived with the fear and […]

Songs for Remembering the Truth

Hot Cross Buns

Download some music to get your heart and mind focused on the beauty of Easter. It’s easy to get distracted by the cares of this world. I get discouraged. I start thinking about the dumb things I see in the world around me. The dumb things I do. The dumb things others do. I find […]