During a devotional time with my son this morning, we were talking about effective prayers. He asked what an effective prayer was. My answer: An effective prayer is when we are connecting deeply with God and seeking His will over ourselves, our situations, and the lives and situations of those around us. An ineffective prayer… Continue reading Effective Prayers
Over the last year, I have found myself feeling like I really know who I am. And also whose I am. It is humbling and empowering to know the God of our universe had me in mind, created me on purpose, and has a plan for me. I have come to a point where I… Continue reading Identity
I've been reading a lot of parenting articles in my motherhood groups lately. The focus seems to be on saying "yes" more to our kids. I was buying into a little at a time, slowly doubting myself in a new way, and thinking that I just shut the kids down too much, too often. So… Continue reading Yes isn’t always the best answer.
I think the balancing act is another pursuit of perfection. We can see the pendulum swing from one extreme to the next, so if we can catch it dead center and stop it there, we will have balance. Balance in our parenting, our diet, our work, our home. Balance. Balance. Balance. "It's all about balance,"… Continue reading The Balancing Act
"Don't get your socks wet." "Adley, stay out of the water." "Don't go over there, it's wet." These footprints are evidence that someone wasn't listening this particular morning...and you know, it didn't frustrate me, because I often see evidence in my own life of the ways I didn't listen to His plan, and I see… Continue reading On Listening
I often think of my kids when they are older. I've done this for as long as I can remember, but looking at our oldest at 20 years old, and our next in line being 13 years old, has really made me consider what life looks like with adult children. One of the things that… Continue reading What I Want Them to Say
We are a blended family and I grew up in a blended family. While I grew up with my natural mom and dad, my dad had been previously married and had 2 sons with his first wife. I remember trying to figure out who my brothers' mom was to me - another mom? An aunt?… Continue reading Insecurity and Identity