7 Truths for Parenting

I recently walked out of an OB appointment before seeing the doctor. With tears in my eyes, I tried to avoid the nurse’s gaze and keep my voice from shaking as I gathered our things and told her I would have to reschedule. Because of a change in my husband’s typical schedule, I had both…

Give them Jesus

  I so often look at those happy smiling faces, and I long to keep them small. To keep them safe. To keep them unaware and protected from the brokenness and dysfunction in the world around them. Ashley Madison. Extramarital affairs. Rampant pornography addiction. Abuse. Millions oppressed in sex slavery. Millions aborted before they even…

NKR

Naming a person can be a real challenge. Especially when that person is the third child of the same gender. We used our favorite boy name on our first son, and since then, we’ve had to think pretty hard to come up with boy names that we love just as much! After much deliberation and…

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…

Baby Boy 3

Sweet Baby Boy #3, I’m glad we know it’s you in there. And I’m so glad YOU are the one God has for our family. A lot of folks seemed to think that we really needed a girl to go along with your two wild brothers, but God knew we needed you. And you need…

First-trimester: The blessing of weakness

I’ve just recently come through {survived} the first trimester of my third pregnancy, and while I am so thankful that this precious life is growing inside of me, I think it’s been the most challenging one yet. When I was pregnant with John Wicks, I shared some of the funnier parts of first-trimester pregnancy, and…

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…

Forget the Frock: 2015 Easter Campaign

I know the statistics. I’ve heard them and read them, and they bother me. 3 billion people–almost half the world’s population– live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty on less than $1.50 a day. 1 billion children worldwide live in poverty, and around 22,000 die each day…

Choosing what is better

I think busyness is one of the greatest hindrances to authentic, life-on-life disciple-making in the church. Being busy is not inherently bad. In fact, I think God means for us to live busy, productive lives for His Kingdom and His glory. He expects us to fulfill our responsibilities and steward well the resources He has…

Future Plans and the Pathway to Peace

This past December, I completed my last master’s class in the biblical counseling program at Southern, and my seminary journey—a truly life-transforming journey—came to a close. This coming March will mark two years that Adam has served as pastor of education in our local church here in North Alabama. Both of these milestones have spurred…

Books that shaped my thinking in 2014

2014 really didn’t afford me much blogging time because it was the year of READING. But that’s ok. In my book, reading is both an important discipline and a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend the few waking hours I have free from chasing the wild things. The hurry-scurry of life and exhaustion of caring for littles…