Who Am I: The Problem with Bearing Fruit

Like many others last December we put up a tree in our family room and tortured our curious offspring with wrapped gifts under its branches. They obsessed over the pretty packages and counted down the hours, days, weeks, eternities until they could unwrap them. I wrestled with teaching my kids how to enjoy the blessings of Christmas without losing the meaning behind it all. And … Continue reading Who Am I: The Problem with Bearing Fruit

The Funnel – A Helpful Illustration on Purity

My elementary school playground was on the corner of a very busy intersection. Like most playgrounds, it had a climbing apparatus and swings, a blacktop to play hopscotch and four square, and a kickball field all located in the center of a protective 12-foot fence.  There was safety and fun in the center of the playground.  Yet, there was a handful of kids who would … Continue reading The Funnel – A Helpful Illustration on Purity

Does My Child’s Faith Depend on Me?

One of the biggest lies I confronted while raising our children was: “My child’s future and faith all depends on me.”   Perhaps I felt this pressure because as a wife and mom in the ministry, I knew their were eyes on me, especially as I parented!  And, to be honest, I just wanted to be the best mom ever for my kids!   This … Continue reading Does My Child’s Faith Depend on Me?