Mother’s Day and The Broken Road

Mother’s Day. For the moms who can’t slap #blessed on everything- this is for you. Motherhood. I have been doing this gig for 22 years now- 5 kids of my … Continue reading Mother’s Day and The Broken Road

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)

Living with Teens is Like…

Living with teens is like… Living with professional looters. And world-class hackers. It is like being stuck in the movie Groundhog Day except instead of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania you go back … Continue reading Living with Teens is Like…

The Remedy of Remembrance- Pondering the Decalogue During Lent

Years ago, I had a tiny Yorkshire Terrier, and for reasons I can’t fathom or remember now, I named her Whitney. Such an absurd name for a dog. I remember … Continue reading The Remedy of Remembrance- Pondering the Decalogue During Lent

Dear Moms…

It is 5:37am and I am sitting on the porch waiting for my tea to kick in and my brain to get going so that I can do a bit … Continue reading Dear Moms…

Why My Kids Are Afraid of the Word “Bored”

It is summer, the season of childhood bliss and parental…I suppose “misery” is too strong a word. I don’t know, maybe not.  I am looking around at all the other … Continue reading Why My Kids Are Afraid of the Word “Bored”

A Day Off

Last night I dreamt of fishing for giant pirranhas that turned into woeful, suffering dogs when hauled upon the pier. They lay there staring at me in silent suffering, waiting … Continue reading A Day Off

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

The Untouchable One

I sat on my sister’s back patio with my book, Arms Open Wide, in my hands. I was prayerfully, soberly seeking God’s guidance as to which chapter to read the … Continue reading The Untouchable One

A Prayer for the Mom Who Blew It Today

I have a friend who is the kind of mom I always thought I should be. She is soft-spoken, patient and sweet. I, well…I am just..not. She home schools her … Continue reading A Prayer for the Mom Who Blew It Today

Does the Church Have Anything to Say to a Suffering World?

A friend of mine says that it would be impossible to truthfully make a movie about the Bible because the film would be so bloody and violent it would garner … Continue reading Does the Church Have Anything to Say to a Suffering World?