by Shelly Bergeron Do you ever feel like you’ve lost hope? I felt like I had very little hope left this past month. Our oldest son, whom we adopted three and a half years ago at the age of 14, was supposed to be gone to camp for a month. I had been dreaming about Continue »

I Couldn’t Reach My Children

Editor’s note: On April 27, 2014, a massive tornado tore through central Arkansas, leaving a devastating path of destruction in its wake. One of the homes in its path belonged to our own Kristin, MomLife Today and MomLife BootCamp prayer director. In today’s post, she shares the spiritual insights she has gained from her experience. Continue »

Enjoying Future Joy Today

I’ve written many times on the difficulties of life, of suffering and pain and loss. Perhaps it’s because I see this as such a startling, overwhelming theme as I trip along the path of life, but isn’t that the case with most of us? Life’s suffering leaves us gasping for air, or gulping in sobs. Continue »


I’ve often referred to my life as “joyful chaos.” I’ve been exceedingly blessed with five children—five boisterous people who make my life beautiful. But I have one little person in particular who is gifted at bringing the party, but her parties completely stress me out. How can someone so small cause such mayhem? She is challenging and Continue »

When God Packs Your Lunch

My mom packed a sack lunch for me daily for nearly my entire school career. (Thirteen years, three sisters, and my father… that’s a lot of lunches.) I believe the only meals I desired for hot lunch were spaghetti and corn dogs—obviously before that whole school lunch health food kick. My handled box, brown paper Continue »

A Serious Love of Honey

When did my life become so serious? I’m not a serious person, seriously. I always seem to be sharing challenging, frustrating, and overwhelming things. Life is kinda like that right now. I sound a little like Eeyore when I’m really much more like Tigger. Although lately I’ve been a bit like Piglet with my “Oh dear, Continue »

He Made an A!

I know there are many women out there who wrestle every evening when homework time rolls around. To have a child who struggles with school work is like another full time job. It drains you! It keeps you up at night wondering how you can help him or her. You have left many tears on Continue »