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Pass the Pancakes- It’s Shrove Tuesday!

Most of us have heard of Mardi Gras, but unless you are part of a liturgical tradition, you may not know Mardi Gras’s twin- Shrove Tuesday. What is Shrove Tuesday? … Continue reading Pass the Pancakes- It’s Shrove Tuesday!

Taming the Mama Bear

Some people think I am a laid back parent, but they are wrong. I am just worn out. “Mom, how did you get so chill?” My 19-year-old daughter asked me. … Continue reading Taming the Mama Bear

How Long, Lord? When Waiting is Hard Work

Waiting for God is hard work. Throughout my adult life I have spent long, painful seasons waiting for God to bring… Over and over, I have cried with the the … Continue reading How Long, Lord? When Waiting is Hard Work

Valentines Day Boxes and Crafts

Valentine’s Day Boxes and Tired Moms

Moms. We love our kids. We are anxious. And we are ready to meddle.

New Free Devotionals at Christianity Today

Do you need some quiet for your soul? I am so proud to have helped write the latest volume in Shelia Walsh’s popular devotional series, 5 Minutes with Jesus! Check … Continue reading New Free Devotionals at Christianity Today

Pain with a Purpose (and the perils of Spring sports season)

This week I have driven one thousand miles in three afternoons without ever leaving the boundaries of my small town (or at least it feels like it). What I do … Continue reading Pain with a Purpose (and the perils of Spring sports season)

The Abbey of Gethsemani

The Prosperity Gospel at 2:30am

I awakened last night at 2:30 am sick, literally sick, over one I love- one who has wandered too close to the edge of the darkness, and now as I … Continue reading The Prosperity Gospel at 2:30am

Netflix? Chocolate? Nah, Forgive.

You have to be kidding me! Ever felt like that? You come face to face with betrayal so outrageous that you are just left a little bit shell shocked for … Continue reading Netflix? Chocolate? Nah, Forgive.

From Wastelands to Abundance

I love Psalm 130. The first verse just jumps right in. The Pslamist doesn’t waste time figuring out the “correct” way to approach his Creator. There is no flowery, formal … Continue reading From Wastelands to Abundance

Pride>Character

This morning, I was in a difficult set during my swim. I started out strong, but as the laps piled up I began to get tired. Soon, my arms were … Continue reading Pride>Character

Hey, Dr. Who… I Need to Go Back to 1995

If I could hop into the Tardis with The Doctor and go back twenty years to give myself one piece of parenting advice, it would be this: Delight in your … Continue reading Hey, Dr. Who… I Need to Go Back to 1995

Snapping Turtle Grace

“Do you like it here?” I asked my 17-year-old daughter. We were in New Orleans for a few days on a college tour. “Yes,” she said. “I do.” The light … Continue reading Snapping Turtle Grace