growing future leaders: raising up faith for all of our kids

growing future leaders: raising up faith for all of our kids

When we look carefully, really carefully, at the world around us, what is it that we are really, truly seeing? Are we so wrapped up in the problems inside our homes and our marriages and our families to see anything beyond the blurred vision of heartache and shattered dreams?  Or are we using our homes as […]

growing future leaders: raising up integrity

growing future leaders: raising up integrity

Fairness is often a battleground of epic proportions in sports and competitions.  How could it not be? Coaches selecting players based on skill or strategy to take each play call and transform it into the magical moment of athletic domination. Kids of all ages striving to make it to the major leagues or just to […]

growing future leaders: raising up grace

growing future leaders: raising up grace

  Growing up, I was anything but graceful.  Long legs, wobbly ankles, permed-poodle bobbed hair with awful bangs, and giant round glasses.  Nevermind the really ugly clothes of the 90s. Didn’t know how to fit in, wasn’t sure I wanted to anyway, trying to navigate hormones and school and not being completely dorky in every way possible. […]

growing future leaders: raising up humility

growing future leaders: raising up humility

Our world is growing increasingly more bold, almost daily. Gunmen walking into movie theaters and schools and just about anywhere.  Aiming.  Or not.  Killing.  Maiming.  Scarring for life.  With little cause for pause. Terrorists preying on fear and false senses of security.  Getting their agendas right too loudly and too effectively.  Brash.  Ruthless.  On a […]

growing future leaders: raising up honesty

growing future leaders: raising up honesty

Good has to be gleaned and shared from even the most frustrating and despairing of situations. Otherwise, we can miss God. We are living in a time where there is so much mudslinging in political battlegrounds, on TV shows, in our neighborhoods, on our streets… everywhere.  It can feel like a non-stop barrage of negativity and criticism. […]

when silence speaks volumes

when silence speaks volumes

In a world full of too much noise and far too much chaos, there is little space left to find quiet. In a time when the world lies dormant until our fingertip swipes and our Google searches pop millions of responses from millions of voices, there is little thought for rest. In a place where virtual […]

sanding the rough edges: finding faith even when you don’t want it

sanding the rough edges: finding faith even when you don’t want it

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time learning.  A LOT of time. As a teacher, I certainly believe that most moments have the potential to be teachable moments, if they are used as such.  As a homeschooling mom, I max out those learning opportunities at every chance I get because life truly is one of […]

saving dependence in the midst of independence

saving dependence in the midst of independence

In light of Independence Day, the crowds along red-white-and-blue-strewn parade routes, the sparkling and boisterous fireworks displays, and the overabundance of picnic food most of us probably will serve as leftover lunches, sometimes I wonder if perhaps our quest for independence has gone too far. So much of life, from the time we are itty-bitty, […]

marriage is hard, even on the best of days

marriage is hard, even on the best of days

This week marked our 9th wedding anniversary, and the 12th year that Husband and I have been together.  Our marriage has been beaten up and battered, rebuilt and reborn a few times throughout these years… and it has been worth it, even the hard days and the best days. We’ve given up high-paying jobs, health […]

reflections in the mirror: more Easter truth (part 2)

reflections in the mirror: more Easter truth (part 2)

To read Reflections: Part 1… And then truth two emerged from those Easter morning DVDs… God still loves us, even though we are broken. Even when we lie about knowing Him. Even when we turn to food or drugs or abuse instead of seeking Him. Even when we just ignore His voice, calling us to […]