Parenting

Gospel Hope For a Weary Mom

I rose before the sun and made my coffee, desperate for time in God’s Word before the day’s chaos erupted in my home. I was emotionally weary and physically exhausted, but was determined to start my day off with what I knew I needed most - time with the Lord. So I grabbed my Bible,… Continue reading Gospel Hope For a Weary Mom

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

Pray Them Home – Three Prayers for Prodigal Children

I once was that prodigal child — lost, angry, and struggling to find my identity. Hardened on the outside, but deeply hurting within. The pain of my choices was not only destroying me, but creating heartache within our family and severing my relationships with the people who loved me most. By God’s grace, my parents… Continue reading Pray Them Home – Three Prayers for Prodigal Children

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

Gospel living, Parenting

Weak Moms, Strong God (Desiring God)

Mother's Day has come once again. For some, it's a day filled with the precious gifts of dandelions and a handmade cards scribbled with "I luv you". For others, it's a day that stirs up a fresh sense of grief over infertility, the loss of a child, or the loss of a mother.  For me,… Continue reading Weak Moms, Strong God (Desiring God)

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