For me and my siblings, the idea of mother and prayer are inseparable. The four of us heard about God’s love first through our mother’s bedside prayers. She prayed throughout her entire life, and we were frequently the subject of her thanksgiving and requests. Last … [Read more...] about My Gift to You: Prayers for Mothers
A few months into a tax career with a national firm, I knew I hated it. But I had an undergraduate degree as well as a master’s degree in the subject area, and it seemed a waste to step away. So I stayed. Because of my disdain for the job, I was shocked to be awarded “Associate of the Month” at a … [Read more...] about To Spend and Not to Waste
A couple years ago, I wrote a blog post and then an expanded article (originally published in The Joyful Life Magazine) about parenting from afar in reference to helicopter parenting. It drew numerous comments, so I knew I was onto something. Like yours, my life has changed in many ways since … [Read more...] about Parenting from Afar (Again)
“Uh-hu…I see…Hmmmm…” In between stories of Littlest Pet Shop and potty training, and questions about bible characters and canned soup, I tried to insert interest. Sort of. My toddler stopped her nonstop banter and put her tiny hands on my cheeks, turning my head toward her. “Mommy, listen … [Read more...] about Is God Always Listening?
As we tiptoe into Year 3 of a pandemic many of us thought could never happen, I wanted to revisit some of my pre-COVID thoughts. I wanted to see if God still seems faithful, mighty to save, all-powerful, caring. Even more palpable, perhaps, than what is happening with the pandemic is what may be … [Read more...] about If Your New Year Feels Like “2020, Too”
It seemed destined to fail from the start. My three young adult kids decided to start a new tradition. Rather than purchasing ready-made, they wanted to make Christmas gifts for each family member. None of them lived here. They were all busy with college finals and new jobs right up until they … [Read more...] about When Christmas Feels Like a Catastrophe