What Should a Christian’s Response to the Poor Be? (10 Things We Can Agree On)

Response to Poor

It started with a Facebook post and a picture of Jimmy Carter.     It turns out that the quote is actually attributed to someone else. But the comments that followed had me wrestling with my own perspective and how and why I've come to those conclusions. To be honest with you, I initially balked at the quote because it felt simplistic and politically charged and because on the whole, I am often frustrated by the way our government uses Continue Reading

This Beautiful Confession

This Beautiful Confession

Last night I heard confession-- From a child with red eyes welling. Voice cracking under burden Of what he knew That I did not. And his disregard, defiance had slapped across my guidance. The issue was not weighty-- But my fear so deep and heavy For a child rejecting wisdom. Anxious was his glance, Downturned as he waited-- For words and heavy consequences To quickly flood the room. But in that quiet moment... My heart heard God's heart Continue Reading

It’s Not the End of His Story…

Not the End of His Story

I can't tell you the formula-- ...because there isn't one. I can't tell you the end of their story-- ...because it's not the end of their story yet. I was in the nursery. Holding a sweet, little 10 month old. I nearly rocked us both to sleep in one of those cozy recliners. Usually the nursery is packed, but for some reason we had only one baby.  While the rest of the crew went home, I stayed to enjoy time with a fellow nursery worker. She told me Continue Reading

How to Help Your Child Face Conflict

face conflict

It happened recently. One of our children came home from a social gathering with a story of conflict and word-wounds inflicted. As a parent, the mama-bear in me quickly rises, but when our children face conflict with their peers,  it is a unique opportunity for us to help them live out the gospel and to grow, even through the heartache. So what do we do? Please join me over at The Better Mom today suggestions for helping your child face conflict with Continue Reading

Giving our Children an Eternal Perspective

eternal perspective

I don't want our kids to feel at home here. Because-- This is not their home. Yes--I want them to enjoy life. And be healthy. And feel comfort. And know safety. And taste success. But not if it means that they-- Feel too much at home. That's why we talk about death sometimes. And yes. I get it. There's a balance. We're not trying to load them down with more than their little hearts and minds can handle, but if anything-- the see-saw is weighted Continue Reading

Talking with Your Children About Persecution

persecution

Are you a World Christian? Are you praying for Christians in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the world who are facing persecution? A few years ago, I wrote an article about ways to help our children become "World Christians" because when our children were very young Noel Piper's words impacted my heart: “A world Christian sees beyond his neighborhood friends, his school, his everyday life and experiences.  He’ll be fascinated by the variety of people and customs Continue Reading

Praying to Grow a World Christian

World Christian

  After our second child was born, I read a tiny little brochure written by Noel Piper called, "Home Grown World Christians." It hit my heart and has had an ongoing impact on how we want to raise our children. In it Noel explains what a "World Christian" is: "A world Christian sees beyond his neighborhood friends, his school, his everyday life and experiences. He'll be fascinated by the variety of people and customs next door and all over God's wide Continue Reading

Our Adoption Journey

adoption journey

I don't really remember when God first put adoption on my heart or my husband's heart. It was a process that started back before we had biological children, when I would check the Oregon waiting children pages. And I would read their stories. And my heart would hurt. And I would feel unable, unwilling, not ready-- To meet the need so great. And then years later, I sat at a child's sports practice with my friend Becky, who was open to adoption. And I told her Continue Reading

And This is What I Worked on During Naptime…

naptime

  We spent the morning at the park and Lydia almost fell asleep in the car on the way home. I was sure she was sound asleep in bed. But apparently she wasn't. She found her sister's stamp pads and managed to decorate every room upstairs in a matter of minutes. Side note--we don't want her to think this is "cute" or "funny" (or to send mixed messages by taking pictures), so I told her I was taking the photos to send to her dad at work because he would want Continue Reading

I Want a Kid Named Barnabas…

barnabas

I want a kid named Barnabas. You know... That son of encouragement. (Acts 4:36) But first I have to change my own name. And listen when I hear those whispers-- Call her. Invite them. Go to that check-out line. Pray for their family. Ask him how he is doing. Write her a note. Give that kid a hug. Make them some cookies. Stand by her; she needs a friend. Being a Barnabas (an encourager)-- That is the kind of kid I want. But first I have to Continue Reading