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A Wise Woman

Moms, You are the Difference Makers

Moms, You are the Difference Makers

Do you feel like your life counts and is making a difference? Does the fact that you are a young mom with kids at home make you feel side-lined? A shot of hope: You’re making a beautiful difference right where you are. Have you heard […]

Humility hands over the controllers.

Humility hands over the controllers.

Do you struggle with control issues? I have. I always joked about being a “smother”–you know–one of those moms. There’s a certain lunacy to trying to be in control–a fantasy world, really. The truth is that we can barely control ourselves let alone anyone else. […]

7 Ways to Encourage Online

7 Ways to Encourage Online

We live in amazing times, and I’m thankful that there are ways to use all of this electronic goodness for good! Today, I’m sharing seven ways to encourage your friends online. Words, whether delivered face to face, via text, through messaging, are powerful. Use them […]

What My Mother’s Decorating Taught Me About God

What My Mother’s Decorating Taught Me About God

Our house was always the coziest house I knew. My mother loved to decorate and it was evident when you walked in the door. At Christmas time, the rustic stone fireplace that my dad built was piled high with luscious greenery, berries, lights, candles, seasonal […]

Purpose for the Sidelined Mom

Purpose for the Sidelined Mom

Nobody wants to live a sidelined life, especially young mothers who are full of energy and dreams. We want to make a difference and live with purpose, but frankly, life with little kids feels like being left out of the game all together. The rest […]

What is Holiness?  {Some Friends Weigh In}

What is Holiness? {Some Friends Weigh In}

I’m following the restoration of the beautiful Chataeu de Gudanes, a 94 room 1700’s chateau {read: mansion, hello!} in southern France that has seen better days. An Australian couple bought the place and are restoring it to its former glory. Not only are the pictures […]

Something Every Parent Needs to Know Before You Seek Medical Care

Something Every Parent Needs to Know Before You Seek Medical Care

This is like a nightmare from a science fiction novel. You bring your child to the top Children’s Hospital in your area, a child that already has problems but right now needs treatment for a cold, only to find our that they will not treat […]

Believing God In the Middle of the Night

Believing God In the Middle of the Night

It’s amazing how fragile our faith can be, especially during times of waiting or trials. We teach our children that God is all-powerful, all-knowing and always present, but then we function throughout the day as though He’s dead. We’re Confessional Christians, yet practicing atheists for […]

Motherhood Does Not Negate Your Other God-Given Roles

Motherhood Does Not Negate Your Other God-Given Roles

Peter is teaching a series to our teen youth group about loving others well by working well. He presented an interesting concept about life vocations that I immediately thought would benefit moms of little ones. He was warning the teens not to be all consumed […]