The Most Important Thing We Can Do for Our Daughter's Body Image
The Man on the Amtrak Ride and the God Who Changed My Heart
“My legs need some color”.
My mouth dropped open when I heard my 8-year-old fair-skinned daughter say these words. Yes, that’s right. My 8-year-old daughter. Where had she heard that? Why did she think that? These questions, and others, ran through my mind as I quickly began blaming the world around me and its messages.
My Open Letter to Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman
I sat down in my Amtrak train seat, elated that I had a 3-hour ride with time to myself. I had just pulled out the Bible I had brought along with a study book when I heard the man. He was about 10 rows up, speaking angrily to the train conductor. I sighed, very annoyed that there was an interruption to my intended time of peaceful study.
Facing Discouragement in the Everyday: Heidi's Story
Dear Lori and Felicity,
I still remember the day the news broke of the college admissions scandal…
Our Favorite Resources for Teaching Children About God- Infant through Early Elementary
Discouragement consistently comes in the wake of tragic circumstances, but sometimes it also visits us in the midst of ordinary, everyday life. It can slowly build as we get up, eat breakfast, go to work, have dinner with family or friends, drive home, exercise, watch Netflix or Amazon Prime, and fall asleep—day in and day out.
Failing Health but a Renewed Spirit: Kim's Story
We live in a day and age during which there is a plethora of resources that can help us as we raise our children to know and love God. The access we have to so many resources can be both a blessing and a curse, though. A blessing in that there are numerous choices, a curse in that we have no idea which to choose!
From Despair to Hope: Shivangi's Story
My eyes had been black for weeks, my skin had a yellow cast, and the pounds were dropping off me like butter. As I walked through the emergency room doors I collapsed to the ground. I remember waking up with tubes coming out of my arms and my nose, being hooked up to several monitors, and hearing my heart beat over and over. Then receiving what would be my first of “manys.”
Facing Discouragement through Infertility: Lisa's Story
After nearly 20 years of waiting, my mom finally received the news. My family and I were going to immigrate to the United States from India! My parents sold most of our possessions and we eagerly arrived in the US while in their mid-40s with $1,000, 2 young kids and broken English.
Facing Discouragement in Divorce and Single Parenting: Rebekah's Story
My story, the story of infertility, is not a unique one. In fact, 6.1 million women in the United States share this painful journey with me. For over two decades, my husband and I have battled with the heartache of desiring children, hoping for the “happily-ever-after” ending. Yet with each step we took towards fertility, we only encountered setback and disappointment. L
Sweet Mamas, When We've Blown it Again...
God’s design for lasting marriage was a truth woven through the foundation of my faith. So when my marriage began to unravel, I could not fathom how God would be glorified in the brokenness we were experiencing.
Questioning God, Walking Through Grief
Sigh. We’ve heard the comments, or thought them ourselves…
I can’t believe I did it again. I can’t believe those words came out of my mouth. I’m a terrible mom. I’m ruining my child. I said I would never be this type of mom �
The Unforseen Harm in Gossip
Senseless murders and searing pain in the faces of the victims’ families. Nations contending with other nations. Hurting and hungry children. Divisive politics and numerous scandals. Whether you are reading this piece on the day it is shared or years from now, the evil that floods my news feed this morning and the personal suffering that fills my own life or those I love is continuous and all too familiar. And if you are simply human, evil and suffering has found its way in and around your life as well.
Pick Up Your Cross, Not Your Political Pitchfork: How to be Friends With Different Viewpoints
None of us are strangers to harm from gossip. Most likely by now you’ve had multiple conversations about or have been reminded that gossip “separates close friends” (Proverbs 17:9), destroys trust (Proverbs 20:19), and deeply hurts those who have been gossiped about. Our tongues are powerful, and Scripture says our tongues carry the power of “life and death” (Prov. 18:21).
One of the World's Greatest Joy Killers
We never should have been friends.
At least, that’s what we laugh about, as Shivangi, one of my best friends tells me, “Kristin, I never thought I’d want to be friends with someone like you.”
The Pastor Who Told me I Married the Wrong Person
It comes in like a shadow of the devil, carrying the name of thief and the banner of destruction. It creeps in our hearts, captures our minds, and stomps on our spirits.
When God Works In an Uber Ride
When my husband and I decided to renew our marital vows after 10 years of marriage, it wasn’t because we had just surpassed a catastrophe, but it also wasn’t because we wanted to display a blissful and perfect picture of marriage. Both were untrue.
The BEST Schooling Choice For Your Child
My husband and I have racked up our Uber rides over the years. Stepping into the confines of a small space with a stranger is akin to walking into an adventure for me.
The Masquerade Jesus came to End
I’ve had the joy of putting my daughter in a variety of school settings since preschool. And like other parents I’ve wrestled with my own beliefs and thoughts about what is the “best” schooling placement for my child, and I’ve had many conversations with my husband and others regarding this topic.
Some time ago, my husband and I were attending a party at which there would also be two people whom had deeply wronged my husband and me.