Routine To Radical

We humans can be such creatures of habit. I think habit may just be where we feel safest. Safe is good.  However, as I look at the life of Jesus He was anything but safe. He consistently caused those whose path He crossed to reconsider their routine and consider His radical. And here’s the thing Continue »

Being Normal

I received a note from a good friend who is reading the book Susan Yates and I wrote, Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest. She wrote, “Read more of the book last night and am so glad I did. I really drank in the chapter on loneliness. Between ministry and life stages I was so Continue »

What is Your Value, Mom?

Recently I saw a book entitled something like “The Best Couples Die Rich.” Really? Is that the goal? To chase the wind and die trying to hold it? To end life thinking, “Well, at least I drove a really nice car …” We live in a culture of greed. And I’m not talking about them. Continue »

Graduation Thoughts for All of Us

Do you have a graduate in your family? If not, I imagine you have received an announcement or two in the mail from someone who is marking this transition in life. May and June are booked annually with academic graduations of all kinds. From the newly-popular kindergarten graduations to the traditional ceremonies marking the end of high school, college, Continue »

Mothering from the Heart

The hardest part of mothering is dealing with you. First, you have to deal with your need to succeed in everyone’s eyes. You don’t want to be “that mother” who forgets the snack after the soccer game or forgets to send your kids with 100 M&Ms on the 100th day of school. Second, you want Continue »

Following Dreams

I often ask moms what they dream about. “If you could do anything and know it would succeed, what would it be?” I often hear things like: Teach cooking classes Design websites Make custom jewelery Write a book Sounds great! But, when I ask another moms about when they’re going to take steps to fulfilling their Continue »

Being Normal

I received a note from a good friend who is reading the book Susan Yates and I wrote, “Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest.” She wrote, “Read more of the book last night and am so glad I did. I really drank in the chapter on loneliness. Between ministry and life stages I was so comforted Continue »