“Mama, I messed up.”

Why is it so hard to admit to the tug-of-war we experience with sin on a daily basis? What if God’s people could come clean about the struggle? What if we could be honest—not just with God, but also with each other? Read more...

Hi, My Name is Shari and I have Teenagers

At my house I have 13 and 15 year old daughters and a son that just turned 18. Thank goodness he has moved on out of puberty because who ever said boys were easy and girls were harder didn’t have my son! I’ve been through 7 teen puberties! Yes, you read that right... 7! Here are some things I've learned along the way. Read more...

The Pain We Wear Inside

I was 17 when my parents divorced. It was a long time coming really due to my dad's addictions to work, alcohol and probably other things my mom covered up. My mom overcompensated so that my older brother and I had more happy moments than many kids do amidst a parent suffering with addictions. My dad had times where he gave it his all. But those times were followed by his struggles. Read more...

Potholes to Christ

I share a few of my potholes with you in case you too are struggling to figure out how to start getting to know God. He’s worth knowing and He’s well worth the effort you are making. And, no matter where you are in your journey, aren’t we so blessed to have a Father who forgives us when we get it wrong? Where are you in your God journey? Are you on one? Is it frustrating, easy, confusing, amazing? We'd love to hear your story! Read more...

Getting Ready for a New School Year

Students, parents, and teachers are all anxiously sporting their smiles for the new school year. And it got me thinking, as with any sport we know that teamwork is what makes a team succeed, right? Being a student, teacher, AND parent I've learned that education is a sport in itself and TEAMWORK can ensure we have a victorious school year. Parents, here are some valuable tips from my experience working as a team in the classroom that you can use as we all go back to school: Read more...

My Kid is Better Than Your Kid

As moms, we need to give each other those proud moments. Those victories. And stop being so wrapped up in ourselves that we instead try to steal victories from our friends. Again, myself included. This is a commitment that I will start choosing silence. I want to hear about your cute, brilliant, funny, amazing kids! :) And I won’t bore you with mine. Even though I think that he, too, is cute, brilliant, funny, and amazing. Because he’s mine. Read more...

Creating Joy

Last night I texted all 7 of my kids. Oh ya, I’m pretty high tech. I don’t know why but I had come to a blank when trying to think up something to post about! Now if you know me, I like to chat it up so it seemed so crazy that I just couldn’t think! I asked my kids to help me and send me a quick answer to this question: Only a couple of kids answered back. I wondered why..it seemed like a simple question. Then I thought..I’m such a nut in my everyday life, how could anyone pin point just ONE thing I’ve done… Crazy and ridiculous is just part of who I am! I love to create my own kind of joy! Yep God and I can think up some pretty crazy things to do sometimes. Life can just be so hard, but God has given me a joy that goes beyond the everyday. Let’s just say that it spills over in some pretty unusual ways…like maybe the time…. Read more...

Bravery in Motherhood

Bravery in Motherhood is looking yourself in the mirror and telling yourself that what you’re doing is actually making a difference. Bravery is choosing to believe that all of this counts. Bravery is giving yourself the freedom to shine in this season and giving them the freedom to be kids. Bravery is doing Motherhood with great courage, even in the face of difficulty or pain. Read more...

Growing

My prayer for myself, and for anyone who was kind enough to read this, is that God would meet us in our growth, whether it’s a relational strain, a new responsibility at work, a challenging family life, or a devastating diagnosis. I pray that God would give us courage for each moment, that He would calm our anxious hearts, breathe new life into each soul and show us that our weariness is just an opportunity for deeper reliance on the One true sustainer. And to Him be the glory in all of our growing! Read more...

Sunday Night Blues

This scenario may sound familiar- It’s Sunday evening at 8pm. After a busy weekend, you finally get your kid(s) down to bed and you make your way downstairs for some much needed relaxation. Once your feet hit the family room, you realize- the weekend is over and there is work to be done. Loads of laundry, toys to be picked up, a kitchen to clean, a car to vacuum so your carpooler doesn’t sit on dirt and other remnants from the weekend, the list is long. Each Sunday I think, why aren’t I more productive on the weekends? But I know the reason. Weekends are for family time, play-dates, perhaps a much needed trip to the gym, for fun! But, how can I balance both? This past weekend, I tried something different. And it worked. Read more...

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