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

When It’s Time to Settle Down

Our four-year-old grandson gazed up at me with wide blue eyes and posed a question that melted my heart into a puddle. Never mind that this grammy was beyond exhaustion. That this little one’s Pop and I had already enjoyed a day of race cars, building blocks, and train tracks galore. We had made it through the bedtime routine, including multiple Bible stories, a “bonus” … Continue reading When It’s Time to Settle Down