Speaking to Yourself Versus Listening to Yourself

Recently a young woman sat on my couch with tears streaming down her face. “I feel like God is always angry with me!” she blurted through the sobs. I paused to ponder my answer, “Why do you feel God is angry with you?” As she unpacked her reasoning it was clear she was not speaking the truth about her identity in Christ to herself.  Rather … Continue reading Speaking to Yourself Versus Listening to Yourself

Post it Note Parenting: Adjusting our Dreams for our Children

When my oldest was still very young, I recognized that she has a lovely singing voice. I was ecstatic! I am a singer too! I’m all about oratorios and acapella groups and art songs! I was so excited and proud and like any good mama – I started to plan out her musical future. When we moved to Champaign, I signed her up for a … Continue reading Post it Note Parenting: Adjusting our Dreams for our Children

Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Kids

By Joy Meekins I have heard the Lord say to me “You’re a good mom.” That is invaluable. It has freed me from comparison, insecurity, and doubt. I don’t need the affirmation from others and can freely give it instead. Hearing those words fills a longing inside of me that does have serious doubts about parenting. This strength and confidence comes from something I have … Continue reading Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Kids

Preaching the Gospel to Myself Every Day

By Lindy Black “Am I loved? Does someone see me? Do I matter? Am I safe?” Shauna Niequist’s words in her new book, Present over Perfect, could be my own as she describes the “cavernous ache” we all experience deep in our hearts. The Gospel throughout the Scripture answers with power and certainty – YES, in Christ Jesus!  But until recently, I had not tapped … Continue reading Preaching the Gospel to Myself Every Day

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

Comparison and Jealousy

I don’t like these words! They sound so immature. Comparison has almost become one of those acceptable sins (thank you Jerry Bridges for this phrase) among Christian women. Jealousy is a bit harder to own. But isn’t jealousy a twin to comparison? And both grow in the womb of desire. Being a young mom in campus ministry there are numerous opportunities to compare on many … Continue reading Comparison and Jealousy