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God’s not dead

  It’s heating up here in the Ozarks. (We skipped spring and went straight to summer, as did most of the country!) A couple days ago, my daycare kiddos and I were hanging out in the shade in the backyard, trying to beat the heat. We discussed our favorite...

God is good all the time

No one ever told me it would be this hard. Being a mother, I mean. No, the hardest thing wasn’t the labor and delivery. (Although that wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.) Or the seemingly endless nights of little sleep and crazy days of chasing toddlers....

It’s okay to ask why

  It’s been a rough couple of months for many of my readers. We’ve prayed for babies as they go under the surgeon’s knife, dread cutting into the hearts of mothers and fathers as they leave their precious children in operating rooms. We’ve...

Justice will prevail

It started innocently enough. Warm spring sunshine filtered through the newly-unfurled leaves in my daycare backyard. Children unleashed their pent-up energy, zigzagging across the grass. Two of my little girls played on the swings in the playground. Back and forth,...

You are enough

I remember it well, though it’s been almost four years since I taught at a small Christian school in Australia. That day my class of kindergarten students had been…shall we say…unruly. They were much more interested in playing, running around,...

Staring at the Penny

It might be my favorite sermon illustration of all time, even if it was told by my little brother. (It is somewhat surreal to be a member of the church where my younger brother is the senior pastor. I mean, he’s up there preaching and I’m sitting in the...