When Body Image Becomes an Idol

During my high school years, I struggled with an eating disorder. Any weight gain was unacceptable to me–even that which was part of normal growth and development. If the numbers on the scale went up or I had to size up in clothing, I freaked out. Having total control over my body was so important…

The Home as the Hub of Life on Mission

Our family is in the process of moving from one house to another, and I’m kind of feeling all the feels about it. There’s the nostalgia and twinge of sadness as we say goodbye to a house where we’ve made sweet memories and grown as a family, but there’s also the excitement about a new…

Book Review: “The Accidental Feminist”

Right now, my primary calling is to nurture the lives of {3!} little boys, but even though I have no female children, I am also called to cultivate and nurture life in girls and other women. I love studying and learning how to best glorify God in my womanhood. As God is teaching and shaping…

Motherhood

Here I am again. At the end of the day. At the end of myself. Motherhood has to be the hardest and most beautiful job on earth. Yes, messy and hard and beautiful and precious. It’s hard because people are hard. It’s messy because people are messy. And it’s beautiful and precious because people are…

Rest and the Gospel

Rest seems elusive these days. Each new day brings a host of tasks to complete and, seemingly, not enough time to complete them. Both food preparation and the feeding of little mouths are constant. As soon as one meal is completed and cleaned up, it’s almost time to start preparing for the next. Inordinate amounts…

Thoughts on Staying at Home

So what does your mom do all day?  This question was posed by some of my high school (or maybe middle school?) friends in reference to my very own stay-at-home mother. I remember being shocked and even a little offended by the question. The tone implied that my mom was (at best) bored or (at…

Submission is Not a Dirty Word

In American society and even among many evangelical Christians, the term submission is often considered a dirty word. This term tends to be particularly offensive to women, most of whom have some vague notion that the Bible commands them to be submissive to men because of their inferior status. Based on general perceptions of his…

The Truth About Marriage

I recently read a thought-provoking blog post about singleness and marriage over at the Sojourn Women’s blog. In this particular post, the author {who happens to be the grader for one of my counseling classes} talks about various struggles that both single and married women face as believers. She talks about the importance of open dialogue between both…

Mama

When Mama gets ready for the day, she is perfectly put-together and fashionable. No hair is left unsprayed. Her purse always matches her outfit, and she is accessorized to a “T.” I love exploring the treasure trove that is her closet. Don’t let her lovely appearance fool you, though. My Mama is a worker—a grinder,…

Romans 12:15

This is an excellent article regarding Mother’s Day. May we truly learn to rejoice and weep with others!