Desiring God Posts, Parenting, Suffering with hope

Trusting God with Our Children’s Pain

I felt a wave of lightheadedness wash over me as I held my three-year-old’s hand. His screams pierced my heart as he fought the nurse’s attempts to insert a PICC line for the upcoming IV treatments. I don’t know if I can do this again, I thought, as the realization hit me that I would… Continue reading Trusting God with Our Children’s Pain

Desiring God Posts, Parenting, Suffering with hope

To Parents With Special Needs

This is for the family whose life is not as they expected it would be. It’s for the family: who may seem normal from the outside, but on the inside is hurting, lonely, exhausted, confused, stressed, and unsure of the future. who lives on eggshells in their home, trying their best to parent a child… Continue reading To Parents With Special Needs

Desiring God Posts, Parenting, Suffering with hope

Weak Moms, Strong God

Mother’s Day can be painful. I often look at my children and feel crushed by the weight of responsibility to raise them with the obstacles we face. Living with Lyme Disease makes motherhood physically painful, and having passed Lyme on to my four children is emotionally painful. Our circumstances often feel overwhelming and impossible to… Continue reading Weak Moms, Strong God

Marriage

When Marriage is Filled with Worse, Poorer, and Sickness.

I remember the moment that I stood before my groom and recited my wedding vows. I certainly didn't expect life to be perfect, but I naturally assumed my marriage would be filled with more of the "better" than the "worse". With stars in my eyes and blissfully unaware of what the future would hold, I… Continue reading When Marriage is Filled with Worse, Poorer, and Sickness.

Parenting, Suffering with hope

Walking With Our Children Through Suffering

Trials and suffering in our lives can be anywhere from stretching to down right devastating. However, I think most people would probably agree that as painful as it is to endure suffering in our own lives, it can be even more painful to watch our children suffer. Whether it’s a bully at school, a friend… Continue reading Walking With Our Children Through Suffering

Gospel living, Parenting

The Pressures of 21st Century Parenting

From the first time I became a parent eight-and-a-half years ago, with three more little ones to follow, one thing has remained the same: There is immense pressure to keep up with the unrealistic and often unhealthy expectations that we, as parents, put on ourselves and feel from others. Some of these pressures have always been… Continue reading The Pressures of 21st Century Parenting

Fighting the Good Fight, Suffering with hope, Treasures Found in the Trials of Life

Finding Freedom in the Wilderness

“How long, O Lord?!” I prayed through tears over my son after a long and painful battle with him. I forced myself to pray despite the anger and frustration stirring in my heart. He burst into tears and cried, “I don’t know why I am like this! I don’t want to act this way, but… Continue reading Finding Freedom in the Wilderness