These are hard times. We have major trials in our country and around the world. And each of us personally have trials in our hearts and families. I think of how Jesus said do not be troubled.    "Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently]...

We live in ever shifting times in the world and as of late, I’ve been seeing a lot of “gloom and doom” posts. Although I understand how things can appear to be getting worse around us, I like to step back and look at things...

"Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm." - Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin This year I read a book that had a stronger emotional and spiritual impact on me than virtually any other book I have read...

I will not teach my children to live in fear. My daughter broke her arm in November, falling from a playground structure. Frankly I'm surprised it's taken this long. I land somewhere in the middle between helicopter mom and total free range mama, mostly veering towards...

As J.D. Salinger aptly wrote, "All mothers are slightly insane." Are we, really?! I have to admit that there is some real truth to that statement, probably because this other statement is true:               Eight years ago, I decided to let my heart go walking around outside my...

Cultivate:  To foster the growth of. To prepare the land. To further, to encourage. I spoke to you of counting joy, but how on earth do I cultivate joy in the heart of my children? The answer, at least for this tired momma, may surprise you. I cultivate...

My home "studio" Incrementalism: A totally made up word that means introducing new habits in tiny increments to increase the likelihood of effecting permanent change. Sounds like a pretty good idea, right? I made “incrementalism” up a few weeks ago as I was trying to explain my...

You know motherhood can be a lot of curveballs at times… I heard a speaker once say “You can wake up Mary Poppins and go to bed acting like Cruella De Vil”. I mean. I’ve never done that. I’m just saying it could happen… ;) I...

Mothering is hard. The older my children become the more I see parenting challenges increase. I need wisdom and the Holy Spirit to navigate this journey well! I am thankful for the women who have helped shape my mothering including my mom who has been with Jesus...