Does Peace Proceed or Follow the Steps of Faith?

Does Peace Proceed or Follow the Steps of Faith?

“You prepare a table before me…” The Good Shepherd knows what we need, how much we need, when we need it, and why. Our youngest child’s speech issues caused us great concern as we thought about moving to Thailand. Will she learn to speak? Could we find what she needs?...
Questions that Surround the Loss

Questions that Surround the Loss

I called my friend Amy from a bookstore as I stood before a row of beautiful journals. She answered the phone, and I sobbed, “I’ll never know my child’s favorite color.” I stood there weeping as I realized yet another aspect of my child that I would never know. During...
For “Some of Us” on Mother’s Day

For “Some of Us” on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day comes again.  For many this day simply connotes a celebration – a precious card from the kiddos, a chaotic meal at an over-crowded restaurant, and tight squeezes from your little cuties (and maybe not so tight from those rebellious teenagers as you try to...
My Dream: That My Girls and My Boy Be Both Beautiful and Strong

My Dream: That My Girls and My Boy Be Both Beautiful and Strong

While driving to school the other day, Eden started to sing, “He’s got the whole world in His hands” so Joeli and I joined him. He then started a verse, “He’s got the strong little boys in his hands…” Joeli and I joined him, but then after saying that once, we...
Intentional Living: Why Parenting with Purpose Matters

Intentional Living: Why Parenting with Purpose Matters

God does not force our feet to go out among the messy world.  God does not bend our wills until they match his. God does not pry our fingers loose from our pocketbooks. God does not manipulate our mouths until they share His truth with others. And you know what? My...
Reach Up and Out

Reach Up and Out

At the Discovery Museum the other day I watched as Phoebe stood high on her tiptoes and reached out with her hand to touch the water exhibit. With every bit of energy she could muster, she stretched up and out to accomplish her goal. I couldn’t help but wonder if I...