When You’re Pretty Sure You’re Failing Your Kids

I'm slamming cupboards and putting down breakfast bowls just a little too hard this Sunday morning. Before we're out the door, there are tears and wails and I'm this close to calling the whole thing quits. Driving down the road, the tension is thick in the car and this ugly truth glares bright: We're a car of…

The One Struggle We All Wrestle With

It's lunch time and we're poking at our cobb salad when the gut wrenching truth slips out: I've felt lonely since I was 8. So yeah, we're going on a good 20+ years of this same chorus. Like that unexpected guest who doesn't know when they've overstayed their welcome, loneliness keeps showing up as a bystander…

When You Want To Be More Than Just Pro-Life or Pro-Choice

Two pink lines slowly came into focus and my heart began to seize up inside my chest. Where there should have been excitement, all I could feel was dread and fear that threatened to choke the very air out of my lungs. While my husband chatted excitedly over breakfast, I fought back tears. Tears that…

When You’re Looking For Purpose In A New Year

It’s two days before the new year hits and I’m sitting on our air mattress bed with colored pens strewed around me, scribbling out answers to questions: What have I been chasing? What GOOD happened in 2016 and what did I learn? What challenges did I experience in 2016 and what did I learn? What…

The Four Letter Word You Need Right Now

For years, years, I've publicly bemoaned the dismal divorce rate in America. Fifty percent of marriage end in divorce! And the numbers are no better for  calling themselves Christ-followers! Like all that pew sitting and kneel bending isn't making any difference. We're caught in this endless cycle of hopelessness when it comes to our most sacred of unions.…