One summer when my two youngest boys were in grade school, they ran inside and said, “Mom, it’s so hot outside! Can we see if it’s hot enough to cook an egg on the sidewalk?” The practical side of me started to say no, but I caught myself. Why can’t theytry it? Why is my first thought always no? Why can’t I say yes? Is it “wasting” an egg, or simply using it for a different, but just as valuable, purpose?
One of the things that troubles me about raising kids in the current cultural climate is the trend toward blurring gender lines. In the eyes of the majority, what makes girls girls and boys boys is all up for negotiation. The implications of this shift seem huge in the lives of my children (and their children, and their children…).
But frankly, I’m a little too swamped with bedtimes and temper tantrums to find time to figure out how to instill Biblical gender roles in my sons. I don’t have a clue how to cut the Truths in God’s Word up into pieces small enough for my littles to digest and embrace. Most days I just tell them to go play in the mud and hope that somehow translates into an understanding of who God wants them to be. I recognize that it it’s important to teach my kids about God’s design for who they are, but I need some tools to make it happen.
With a smile, my son says, mom I got the job. It’s music to any mothers ears to hear the excitement in her child’s voice, knowing he has had some sort of success. It melts your heart, to know they’ve accomplished a giant milestone in their life. It really doesn’t matter if they are two or twenty-two, its the same feeling you get when you know they have succeeded in reaching a goal.
I know growing up I said things I wish I could take back. I know my parents did, too! What if you have children who say hurtful or damaging things to you? The truth is we have all said things that we wish we had the ability to take back, but we don’t. Words are powerful, whether they are intended to hurt or to encourage. It is very important that we guard our mouth and choose our words carefully. Continue reading →
My husband was only 6 years old when He responded to Christ’s call to salvation. He was a mere boy of 13 when he surrendered to preach the gospel and delivered his first message. It’s hard for me to imagine having a kid-pastor barely 18, but the folks in my husband’s first church loved and respected their teenage pastor. His experience however, is definitely not the norm. Continue reading →
“You’re not going to be happy,” I heard my husband say into the cell phone. He was home, checking whether we had a three-prong or four-prong electric cord for our dryer so I could buy the right replacement. Turns out we had no electric cord at all.
We have a gas dryer. With gas hookups. And a new electric dryer being delivered by Best Buy in the morning. Continue reading →
A young mom sent me an e-mail recently and asked if she could pick my brain on how to recognize the difference between “fear motivation” verses “faith motivation” in raising her kids. It’s a great question because I think operating from fear is a common trap for us moms who are trying to parent biblically: Continue reading →
Internet, e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook offer us much in the way of connection and information, but we all know they have their downside. Figuring out the pros and cons of the digital age is a different post for a smarter brain than mine, but lately I’ve noticed that one side effect of social media is that I can hear everyone’s opinions loud and clear.
I start the new year the same every time. First, I crash out hours before midnight. Then, I wake up with a fire in my belly in influence those who listen to my voice to resolve that this will be the year they read the Bible more. Continue reading →
There are lots of parents who have a favorite book they have read to their child hoping it will be one of their favorites, too. Maybe “The Velveteen Rabbit” or “Green Eggs and Ham” or “Corduroy.” Those classics are wonderful and fun to pass down to our kids. But making the Bible THE favorite is a little more complex. Continue reading →
In our house, “Bible time” happens right before bed with our young three sons. It works nicely because they all share a room. Over the years we’ve done different Bible story books. But my favorite night of the week is Sunday night! Continue reading →
Psalm 119:11 — “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
A long time ago there were two little boys. These boys were brothers who were being brought up in the knowledge of Christ. They went to church every time the doors were open, attended every Sunday school program, sang in the children’s choir and went to all the holiday events.
So, it’s no wonder they had more knowledge of Bible characters than superheroes. This is the true story of my 6- and 3-year-old sons. Continue reading →
Do you remember the first time you laid eyes on your husband? Do you remember what you wore on the first date? Do you remember your first kiss with him? When is the last time you and your husband talked about the story of your courtship? When is the last time you had a date? Continue reading →