Trusting God’s Provision in Crisis

Trusting God's Provision in Crisis

I recently found myself in a crisis. At 38 years old, with a four-year-old son, I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. The prognosis was pretty good, but I was facing four months of some pretty strong chemotherapy, followed by surgery, followed by six weeks of radiation therapy. And all during my son’s last […]

A Prayer for Moms in Transition

Prayer for Moms in Transition

Whether you are sending your child off to school for the first time, sending a teenager off to college, or beginning some other new season for yourself, you might be feeling the pains of transition right about now. Remember back to childbirth, or maybe the videos in childbirth class {if you haven’t permanently blocked it […]

When Summer Doesn’t Go the Way You Planned

Summer Road

This is not the post I intended to write. I intended to write about my garden, about how it is my hobby but also my respite from the world. About how all moms need such a place to go for clear heads, quiet hearts, and a re-centering of mind and purpose. But I couldn’t write […]

A Prayer of Surrender for All of Life’s Burdens

A Prayer of Surrender for all of Life's Burdens

And behold a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.” Matthew 8:2 Twelve months ago my husband and I decided to start trying for baby #3. Our first daughter was a surprise {so technically we were pregnant after one month of “trying”} and with our second […]

The One Who Rescues Us When We’re Sinking


…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 Splash. In the blink of an eye, she was in the water.  My three-year-old daughter sank into […]

An Unfinished Family Photo

An Unfinished Family Photo

Peoples’ eyebrows raise when they see our family photo. They often exclaim something like “Holy cow! Are all those yours?” We have a big family. Six kids. There was a time when we had one child in potty training and one in driver’s training at the same time. Learning to juggle carpools, soccer games and […]

Why I Choose to Follow Instead of Lead


  “Simon says, touch your toes. Simon says, stick out your tongue. Simon says, jump up and down. Now pat your head. “ And immediately a few of your young friends headed back to their seats after executing a movement without following proper instructions. They didn’t think it through, made a mistake, and had to […]

Family Faith-Building: Learning to Trust


Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 He who promised is faithful. There have been many times, many seasons over the past 30 years of walking with the Lord when I didn’t believe those words. I believed a lie and it was a […]

When Stepping Out of the Boat Means Staying Exactly Where You Are


There are times in our faith journey where Jesus calls us to step out of the boat. We know the story of Peter – the bold one – saying, “Lord, give me the word and I’ll come.” And we know the outcome of the step of faith that resulted. Peter followed Jesus’ footsteps and actually […]