Welcomed by God

The lock turned and I held my breath. Slowly, slowly the front door creaked open and my daughter-in-law’s smiling face peeked into the gap.

“Look,” I whispered to my grandson. He faced me with his little back turned away from the entrance. His blue eyes raised to mine, puzzled. “Mommy’s home.” I pointed toward the door. 

A red car which had traveled in his little hands from my shoe, up my leg, and had been heading toward my tummy, dropped to the floor. He pivoted. Little eyes lit up with pure delight. 

“Mommy!” He shouted with absolute pleasure. He ran into his mother’s arms. My daughter-in-law’s eyes sparkled. She scooped him up and hugged him tightly.  

After a long day of work, the sight of her little son brought such welcome delight, my grandson could not help but be assured of her love and his place in her heart. Their response to each other gifted them both with something we all desire.

We need to know we are welcome. Continue reading Welcomed by God

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

Handing Over the Keys

There are events in life that parents contemplate as their children grow. Some are anticipated because they are announced before arrival—such as the many attempts by baby to roll over that lead to success, or the cranky baby before the first tooth pops up. Then there are the experiences we think are far into the future and there’s plenty of time to be prepared: Driver’s licenses, high school, college, and marriage. Sons and daughters, ready to take on the world, unaware of exactly what that means.

Blink your eyes and you’ll find your baby boy standing there, uncontrollable grin on his face, holding his brand new license, asking the question we dread. “Can I have the keys?” Continue reading Handing Over the Keys

Be on Your Guard: Parenting in a Changing Culture

We as parents and grandparents see the off-kilter flight of moral stability in our world. Our eyes may have drooped with indifference and weariness. A following generation will pay for those moments of sluggish non-awareness.

We are in a battle against disengagement’s thick wool of sleep. We must remain alert. We cannot underestimate as naïve children, the magnitude of the moment. 

What can we do to stay awake? Continue reading Be on Your Guard: Parenting in a Changing Culture

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