King of Kings

Have your littles started compiling their not-so-little Christmas lists yet? How ironic is it that right in the middle of the month that we are focusing on gratitude and trying to teach them to be thankful for what they already have, everyone else is telling them it’s time to make that list and check it Continue »

When Mother’s Day Hurts

“Oh, no — May is here,” the woman muttered as she stared at her calendar. “That means Mother’s Day is coming.” She sighed. “It’s the worst day of the year for me.” She shared that her daughter had been tragically killed in an auto accident many years prior. Although she has a son, Mother’s Day Continue »

Mother’s Day or “Me” Day?

Disappointment is an emotion I didn’t expect to experience on my first Mother’s Day. I had set my expectations a little high: breakfast in bed, pampering, long nap in the afternoon, glory and honor showered on me for my accomplishments in the first nine months of being a mother. Instead I woke up nauseous from morning sickness with Continue »

Unexpected Gifts

Recently my husband John and I spoke at a FamilyLife Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway. We love speaking at these events, but by the end of the weekend, we are thoroughly exhausted. Because this particular event took place over Valentine’s Day weekend, we had arranged to stay an extra couple of days simply to rest and Continue »