Category: Encouragement

In my distress

Over the past few months I’ve experienced an avalanche of emotions–most of them negative. I’ve been afraid, stressed, distressed, lonely, confused, worried, sad, angry, hesitant, even paralyzed at times. But I’ve found the secret to coping with those emotions and keeping them in check—or…

Creativity

I recently read Images and Idols—Creativity for the Christian Life by Thomas J. Terry & J. Ryan Lister. It was published by Moody Publishers in 2018. This is a very small book filled with very big ideas. It gave me much to contemplate and…

My Writing Area

You might remember my rather old and clunky writing area from last year. My desk was a makeshift and I had boxes stacked around me. NO MORE! My wonderful family surprised me last Christmas with an elegant new desk. While I was out of…

Four Gifts of Christmas

Creativity I’m reading an incredible book about creativity. I recommend Images and Idols: Creativity for the Christian Life by Thomas J. Terry & J. Ryan Lister to every person who considers themselves to be creative. Whether you express that creativity through writing (like me!),…

Parenting-Developing Roots

Developing roots is essential to the growth of trees. Just as it is with the growth of our children. About five years ago I bought a fig tree cutting at a yard sale. It’s now about seven feet tall and dotted with newborn figs….

Mommie Martyrs

Are moms really martyrs? Sometimes we might feel like it. One of the things I remember about my childhood is that Mama cooked southern fried chicken frequently. She bought the hen, cut it up, soaked it in buttermilk, floured it, fried it and stacked…

Moms Like Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is probably the most famous woman in the Bible. God certainly called her to a unique ministry. He gave her a unique gift—His own Son to mother. We know very little about the years she was raising Jesus. So,…

A Parent’s Touch

The following is a thoughtful quote from A Woman’s Touch: The Fingerprints You Leave Behind by Amy Nappa. (Howard Publishing 2001). Though this book is addressed to women, Nappa’s advice below is equally applicable to moms, dads and grandparents. Because of the vast amount…

5 Love Languages – Single Parenting

This post by Jean Matthew Hall is part of a ten-part series for parents on the Five Love Languages of Children. It is based primarily on the book The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell, M.D. (Northfield Publishing, 1997)…

Food Allergies

Is your family plagued with food allergies? They often make life inconvenient, and at times, dangerous. I’ve made it my mission to use and develop special recipes that accommodate all or part of our allergies. I love experimenting in the kitchen. Pinterest is loaded…

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