Children According to Jesus: If You Want to See the Kingdom

We view children backwards.  Jesus’ disciples did too… “Jesus, tell them to take their children away–they’re interfering.” (paraphrased, of course). Jesus said, “Do not forbid the children to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” And in other places He said, “Unless you humble yourselves and become as one of these little children, you will not see the Kingdom of God.” And of course, “Children are an heritage from the Lord”…”a gift”…”a blessing”…”Blessed is the man […]

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Everything’s Not the Same: Turning Truth Upside Down to Erase Our Guilt

There is a cultural epidemic killing us (in the name of making us healthy). It’s the notion that you shouldn’t feel bad, no matter what. Feeling bad is the ultimate terrible thing, and we must eradicate all its roots. This ideology is also what causes such hostility to Christianity, but I digress. We have pain sensors in our limbs and they cause us to hurt when we are injured. And though the pain isn’t pleasant, it is absolutely necessary for […]

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Being a Mom and Wife is Enough: A Word for the Burned Out Superwoman

I assume many women feel the way this reader who wrote me feels, so I wanted to give a public answer to encourage other women in her shoes: “What do you do when you are so weary, you feel like you can’t get through the day? I feel like I try to juggle the expectations of church ministry with that of my family, and it isn’t working. I’m tired, resentful, and bitter. I just want to be a mom and […]

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Motherhood Devotional Book Half Price Through Friday

I have a limited supply of my motherhood devotional books so grab yours before they’re gone! Go HERE to get it half price.

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The Goal of Motherhood: An Older Me to the Young Moms

It’s a strange, hard, fun and wonderful place I’m in right now. Almost like standing between two worlds, one foot on each, peering back and forth with eyes that see so much larger now than they once did. I am in the middle of my life (as much as I can presume), a mother still snuggling a 2 and 5 year old who think I am the whole world, a grandmother watching my daughter and son in law begin the […]

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How to Lose the Mom Guilt When You Don’t Get it All Done

Do you ever feel guilty or stressed, as a mom, because you didn’t “get it all done?” (What even does that mean?) This weekend our family attended an annual event with friends that we look forward to all year. We do fun things including dress up in costumes. Of course we usually wait until the last week or so to throw together our costumes and this year was no exception. But our family showed up with no costumes, and some […]

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Do Your Children Work Too Hard?

I heard it again…quite a typical comment about grown children of large families: “She was the oldest of six and felt like her mother required too much of her….so she doesn’t want many children.” Size of family debate aside…the issue here is not the number of siblings or the work load, but rather a fundamental lesson of the Christian life that the parents failed to transmit. The conclusion that “I had to work too hard…” does not echo the perspective […]

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The Great Disconnect of Christianity: “God Loves Me” is Not the Message

  It’s why the Church is so crippled, so impotent.  It’s why 75% of Americans claim to be Christians, and yet our culture doesn’t reflect that influence. I stayed home Sunday and listened to David Platt as he expounded on this truth in a way that forced me to examine my own motives. ” ‘God loves me’ is not the message of biblical Christianity.” Wow.  Interesting the cliches we adopt as theology.  (Which is why I recently started #theologicallysoundmemes on […]

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God DOES Have Great Plans for You (They Just Might Be Different Than What You Expected)

I’ll admit, I love those pretty, colorful memes on Facebook that give me a tiny, “Christian” pep-talk in just a few seconds–“You are amazing and God has awesome plans for you!” There’s just one problem: it’s not really a biblical message. At all. And while I, like anyone else, love a good, encouraging word, I’m afraid we’re swallowing a false gospel for the sake of having our feelings stroked. Don’t get me wrong: we have been made amazing through Christ’s […]

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Letters to the Church: The Most Life-Changing Book I’ve Read Yet

Letters to the Church, by Francis Chan, may quite possibly be the most important book of our day. I don’t say that lightly. There are lots of good books out there. But this one is different. It’s hard to describe how this book affected me. Chan left his mega church because he believed, after reading the New Testament with fresh eyes, that the church he was a part of didn’t look very much like the church described in Scripture. And […]

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