God keeps children faithful, not parents.

This week our twin girls are 27. It has been absolutely amazing to watch them grow into who they are today. I can see right through those adult faces and remember the elementary artwork, treasured sentences each has said that are seared into my memory, the hours spent on the soccer field, and holding them […]

What if our child doesn’t fit in?

He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone’s hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers.” (16:12) Last week I told the story about how Sarah*, Abraham’s wife, grew impatient and took matters into her own hands. READ […]

I am Throwing the “American Dream” for my Children in the Trash

About a month ago, I attended a class for parents of teens. The speaker that day was a counselor, and he said this: In order to parent effectively, you need to throw the American dream for your children in the trash can. And there isn’t a person in this room who doesn’t need to throw […]

Does it matter if kids honor their parents?

I had a lighter than usual load of grading to do this week, so when my son asked me if I could take him to the skate park on a beautiful, balmy Thursday evening, I was thrilled to be able to say yes (because I so often have to say no on weeknights). We decided […]

Why it’s okay when we can’t solve our kids’ problems.

God comforted my momma heart last week. It was such a monumental event that if He were to take me home tomorrow, I feel certain He would take care of my kids. My young adult daughter came to me several months ago inquiring about our ability to assist her with finding a living situation for […]

The most important reason children need to obey.

                 I am a mom. I, like so many moms, strive to raise good kids.   All moms instruct, correct, teach and pay attention. But why? So our kids turn out? That is partly my reason. I want my children to grow up to be contributing members of society and make the world a better […]

Pondering Parenting

Many mothers have a large gap between their oldest and youngest child, but often have other children filling in that middle. I, on the other hand, have a crisp, clean 10-year gap between my oldest twin daughters and our youngest son. So maybe you can understand why raising my son feels like I am starting […]