To The Under-Mothered Mother

Yesterday, she handed me her beautiful homemade card.  “I love you, Mommy,” it says. Not too many yesterdays ago, I wondered if this day would ever be.  If those cards would ever be made… for me.  I wondered… would I have a daughter?  And if I did… would she be able to love me?  Afraid-of-the-past … [Read more…]

Loving Your Different Spouse

Our tenth wedding anniversary came, then went, much more quickly than we had anticipated, like a friend who can’t stay long enough.  As we sat there on our date night, relishing a moment of peace looking out the big window of the restaurant, he gave me a gift better than anything I could’ve asked for.  He … [Read more…]

Dragons and Swords and a Heart Revived

As a young teen, it was end-times novel Left Behind that first taught me how to say “yes” to Jesus. As a new Christian, it was C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia that opened my heart’s door to the unchanging character and neverending love of God. As a young wife and mother searching for help, Karen … [Read more…]

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter, We think we have to work, to earn, to be worthy But your worth doesn’t lie in what the world can see. No, dear sister, your worth doesn’t lie In the size of your hips Or the shade of your eyes Or the words of those Who blame, and shame, and criticize. When … [Read more…]

When Worries Fall Down Like Flour On The Kitchen Floor

Once upon a time there was a soon-to-be young mother.  Wife to the man of her dreams, hardworking nurse, dedicated Christian… she thought she had it all together.  If you were an innocent observer, you would’ve thought so too. But if you’d walked by that black sports car in the parking lot of the doctor’s … [Read more…]

A Thousand Little Ways

This Valentine’s Day There are a thousand little ways To see and to say That the love that started it all is still going strong.   And we don’t have to worry, we don’t have to wonder. Because these thousand little ways are right here.   This encouraging post is over at the Today Show’s … [Read more…]

The Best Valentine’s Day Gift You Might Never Give

“I want a more positive world,” she says.  Me too, friend. If we want a more positive world… it starts at home.  There was once a woman who backed up that statement.  A woman who truly laid it all down to make the world a better place… the one who begged God to send her … [Read more…]

Auntie For A Day

  Maybe, sometimes, the best way to take care of me is to change the way I’m taking care of you. Even if only for a moment. To enter into your world like I’m an honored guest there.  To ask you questions like I’m eager to get to know you.  To tune out everything else. … [Read more…]

Keeping Our Coupleness… When Date Nights Are Few And Far Between

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh Valentine’s Day is coming soon, and with it the expectations.  The hopes and ideals, the ideals that usually involve some kind of date night out.  See a fun movie, go restaurant-hopping, buy her flowers.  Many of … [Read more…]

Soak

Soak in His love. What a refreshing resolution, what a lovely invitation, what a comforting “word for the year.” Soak. For once, it’s not a thing to do or a goal to check off or how much better I can be.  It’s an understanding of what’s already been done.  A remembering of His great love.  … [Read more…]