Strength, Dignity, and What Not to Wear

In the late 1970s, a popular singer-songwriter crooned a top-twenty tune with his definition of womanhood. According to this artist, the woman on his pedestal was amazing. Her smile could kill, and her gaze could slice. She was quick with a lie, focused on her own agenda, and could cast shadows with the best of them. 

This lady was a force and if you didn’t appreciate her attributes, well, get out of the way. To this woman of questionable accomplishments, the words, “She is clothed with strength and dignity,” would have sounded like a garbled, unknown language. Continue reading Strength, Dignity, and What Not to Wear

When Your Soul is Downcast: 5 Ways to Restore Joy

In the lovely, upside-down world of motherhood, there are countless moments with our littles (and not-so-littles) that ignite fear or worry. In my own mom-journey, ongoing anxiety has often led to a downcast soul.

As women with endless to-do lists, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, sad, or simply heavy. This melancholy can range in severity—from feeling, “blue,” and being unable to pinpoint the exact cause, to feeling the crushing weight of difficult life events, including sickness, job loss, strained relationships, loss of a loved one, and more.

Thankfully, scripture reminds us that God is aware of our burdens—that He knows, and He cares.  Continue reading When Your Soul is Downcast: 5 Ways to Restore Joy

Reminding Our Children: We Bear the Image

Every man, woman, and child on this earth is somebody with unique potential, simply because they are image-bearers of the Most High God. Everyone is destined for eternity—either in the presence of God or forever cut off from Him.
Why is this important for our children to know? Because it lays a foundation of confidence in who they are—a beloved child of the King of Kings. And it frees them to live with purpose and joy. Continue reading Reminding Our Children: We Bear the Image

Growing in Christ-centered Confidence: 5 Spiritual Checkpoints

We all experience seasons of doubt in our walk of faith. But just as a doctor checks our physical health by monitoring our pulse, taking a quick “spiritual pulse” will do wonders for our confidence in Christ. Here are five spiritual checkpoints to help us grow in Christ-centered confidence. Continue reading Growing in Christ-centered Confidence: 5 Spiritual Checkpoints

The Tangled Family Tree: Finding Redemption in the Blended Family {by Rachel Greening • Guest Post}

We do not have a tidy family dynamic. With divorce on both sides, we have step-parents and step-siblings all over the place. Some of these relationships have come easily, some have not, and some are still existing with a “complicated” status. Yet during a recent holiday as we found ourselves around many large family dinners, a beautiful thought occurred to me, no doubt placed there by the Holy Spirit: Our family has been grafted together, just as we have been grafted into the family of God. Continue reading The Tangled Family Tree: Finding Redemption in the Blended Family {by Rachel Greening • Guest Post}

A Creative Christmas: Family Art to Invite Jesus In {by Kathy O’Neill • Guest Post}

A Creative Christmas: Family Art to Invite Jesus In!
Something about making art together encourages talk and laughter and confidences to flow along with the paint. It can throw open the door to your child’s heart, inviting Jesus to enter in. Continue reading A Creative Christmas: Family Art to Invite Jesus In {by Kathy O’Neill • Guest Post}