It was the summer before my son's freshman year in high school, and he had one request of me: "Mom, can I join the football team?" With my whole heart I wanted to abruptly say, "NO!". I didn't want to deal with injuries, particularly head trauma. I didn't want to deal with the secular influence … Continue reading Allowing the Lord to Say No to Your Children
I remember the moment so clearly. I was a mom of three small boys ages 4, 3, and 1. It was a beautiful spring day so the boys and I packed up the stroller to walk down to our park. As the older boys ran and jumped and played, I pushed my giggling little guy … Continue reading How the Time Flies
Of late, the news has been dominated with story after story of accused sexual impropriety and misconduct. It seems that with each passing day another politician, celebrity, or public figure falls from grace. While the depravity of man in general does not take me by surprise, a naive populace does. I find myself a bit … Continue reading Surprised By So Much Sexual Sin?
My boys were so excited as they anticipated the end of the week. Their good friend was coming over to hangout and sleep over. There would be chess matches and football games, talk of sports, and a bit more football. Their hands and fingers would intertwine as they greeted. Their arms would embrace each other … Continue reading How Children View Race
It was Mother's Day two years ago. My mom had come to my home for dinner. We exchanged flowers and cards with one another. As I pulled my card from its envelope and read the inside, I paused. "Love, Barbara" That's my mother's name. She had signed her card to me with her name, not … Continue reading When Dementia Steals Mother’s Day
They were there to gather donations to fill the shelves of a local food pantry. The boys, dressed in their troop uniforms, were greeting customers as they entered the grocery store. Each patron received a flyer detailing what items were needed and then were sent on their way with a smile. Many gave generously that … Continue reading Giving of Your Best
As parents it is natural to contemplate what paths our children will take. We look at their strengths and weaknesses and speculate what the future will hold. We imagine how their lives will unfold. We hope for smooth sailing, straight roads, and few bumps along the way. We pray for health and success, safety and … Continue reading Are You Willing to Let the Lord Write Your Child’s Testimony?