Tag Archives: motherhood

Why does change in my child (for good) happen so slowly?

Lots of days I’ve felt lost as a parent. You’ve probably felt the same. Even on days when we feel confident that the guidance we’ve given our child is the kind that leads to healthy heart-change, we can still toss … Continue reading

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teaching children grace, not morals

Have you ever wondered how to explain a section of scripture to a child? Maybe the verses are full of the amazing details of God’s might or mercy in a person’s life, but you’re left wondering what He’d want you … Continue reading

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one lonely car

One lonely car in the driveway — where there were five. Two empty bedrooms. One mama’s heart breaking. Again. Will I ever get better at this? Will that first empty morning after they move out ever seem less lonely? Less … Continue reading

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How do I help my child choose a career?

How do I help my children choose a career?  As they move toward finishing high school, how do I guide them toward a college major, a career, or an employer? How do I counsel wisely at such critical moments? And how, … Continue reading

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Growing kids, not grass.

They moved out last week.  Each to their own home for the year. Two daughters. Both cherished. Both pretty much grown up. Within twenty-four hours, our nest became two-thirds empty, and I’ve been swallowing back tears ever since. As the … Continue reading

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the tearing of a mother’s heart

I packed her last lunch this morning. And even though women older and wiser had warned of the ache this day would bring, I didn’t expect the tearing to hurt so. I didn’t expect the rushing mix of painful and … Continue reading

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pre-schooler choices, grown-up lessons and blankets of love

My friend to her son: “Hey buddy, I’m so proud of you this morning! You’re being super sweet to your little brother. Thank you for being so kind and helpful!” His three-year-old answer: “I’m going to try really hard to … Continue reading

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Help for mommy (or daddy) guilt

We sat at her kitchen table, morning sunlight streaming in from the backyard, children creating Play-doh meals at the little table nearby. She and her husband were leaders in our church, and I remember sitting on the edge of my … Continue reading

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What do I want for my child?

Two powerful desires wrestle for dominance in my heart. They compete. They war within. These two base-line points of reference can’t reign simultaneously, and can in no way co-exist as controlling drivers in parenting. And so begins an inner battle. … Continue reading

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Ah ha moments

Years ago, a friend recounted her experience of that parking-lot moment any mom of preschoolers dreads. She re-played the situation for me, trying to hear for herself where she’d gone wrong, reliving both her words to her son, and his … Continue reading

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the Arm which encircles the globe

It seems but yesterday I carried my babies on my hip to the driveway and buckled them into car seats.  Now, I stand instead and wave (and pray) as my oldest drives her siblings away each morning to school.  And … Continue reading

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As if over coffee

A decade has flown by. The years spent teaching ABCs and 123s and imagining with dolls and dinosaurs and Dr. Seuss are now but a sweet memory for me. As I look back, I realize that during those years I … Continue reading

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