The Prayer Knot

Whether you are sending your child off to kindergarten or to college, the adjustment is a hard one. It is a reminder that they are growing up and that they are in the process of moving on. When we are in the midst of raising children, it can seem like a never-ending task! The reality Continue »


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 »