Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will […]

The High Cost of Watering

Motherhood is like watering the lawn. It’s costly. But the results are totally worth it. Warm weather has arrived. Yeah! A few weeks ago we received a reminder from our gardener (included in our rental) that we should up our lawn watering. The result?  A higher priced water bill — and a lusher lawn. Every good […]

Needing You More

As my children grow older, I realize finally what my friend Cathy meant when she said my children would need me more, not less, as they approached the teen years. My three younger children, 7, 5, and 3, need me to orchestrate baths, prepare their meals, and take care of a myriad of other details. […]

Truly Debt Free

I remember shortly after we bought our first house, I would lie awake at night fretting about the mortgage. At the time it seemed like a ton of money. And the presence of debt just stressed me out. Years later, we sold that house, moved cross country, bought another, and acquired even more debt. And that […]

10 Things I Want to Do with My Kids As Easter Approaches

With ten days until Easter, I’m making some goals on how to make those days spiritually meaningful for me and my family. Lately my kids are just little spiritual sponges. I’ve had more theological discussions with these little people in the last month than I have had with anyone in a long time. It’s been […]

Life at Light Speed

photo source It feels like life is moving at light speed these days. I wake up ahead of the sun and before I know it, it’s lunch time. Bedtime comes seemingly before I can stretch and look about me. And, truth be told, most days I can’t tell you what I’ve done. It’s an odd […]

Failures into Victories

A seeming failure may not be what you think it is. Sometimes God uses our biggest challenges to produce great victories. I tend to be the optimistic/Pollyanna type of person. (You’ve figured that out already, huh?) I can dream big dreams and envision such fun, exciting projects. Sometimes, those big dreams don’t exactly come to […]

The Grass is Always Greener – Series in Review

Jealousy and want can plague each of us from time to time. But, when we turn our attention to our own gardens, we get a glimpse of great beauty and a better way. Last fall I shared a series called, “The Grass is Always Greener.” It was an exploration of how we can make things […]