Watch This!

Today I’m sharing a little video with you that I just can’t keep to myself. When I hit the triangle “play” button on this video, I was folding laundry at our dining room table. I wasn’t expecting that moments later, I’d have full body goosebumps and that I’d feel like I had to share it with you all. Read more...

Fill Up

In Dana Adam Shapiro’s interviews of divorced couples, it is clear that selfishness led to marital disintegration. Each spouse’s self-centeredness asserted itself, and in response, the other spouse got more impatient, resentful, harsh, and cold. Read more...

Being Brave

This morning, about ten of us will gather at the Starbucks just down the street. I will get my soy chai and I will nervously massage the handle of the mug. Because I’m nervous. We are gathering, this little crew of 10ish folks, to talk about writing. It so happened that Nashville has a lot of people who love to write, whether professionally or not. They like to talk about writing and words and reading and books and it’s pretty much my love language. Read more...

Growth Rarely Comes Without Pain

Motherhood is hard, isn’t it? Not only do you expend every last ounce of energy trying to do this job to the very best of your ability, but you’re also trying to navigate the millions of messages flying around about motherhood. You hear motherhood is enough, and then you hear that you should be more than just a mom. You hear motherhood is a high and holy calling, but it’s not who you are. You teach your children that family is the most important thing, but then wonder if you’ve made it an idol. What is the truth? Read more...

I’m Grateful My Mom Chose Life

Hey everyone! I'm excited to write about a topic near to my heart--adoption. Most of you know I was adopted at two weeks old by my wonderful family from an organization called Kansas Children's Service League. I have still never met my birth parents, but I am so grateful to them (especially my birth mom!) for the decision to let me be adopted. It's probably the best thing that has ever happened to me. Record deals, marriage, and now the birth of my sons are some of the incredible milestones in my life, but none of it would have been possible if not for a brave decision one young woman made years ago. I owe her everything. Read more...

Equip Yourself With Tools For Excellent Communication

Last week I said that communication was the means by which a husband and a wife connect and strengthen their union.  This time, I would like to give you a couple of tools that will dramatically impact your communication and forever change your marriage.   Read more...

God Saved Me From Myself

God spoke Nashville into my heart in October of 2007. I moved there, alone with no friends or family, in August of 2008. And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But Nashville saved me. Often people say, “Why do you think God moved you to Nashville?” and I still am not sure of the fullness of that purpose. I mean, I don’t have a list that is complete. I wasn’t unhappy in my hometown; in fact, it’s great. My parents are awesome. My best friends are awesome. My job, my house, my church, all of it- totally worth sticking around for. I think God offered me a new city because I was a wimp and because I had forgotten my first love. It was the only way God could save me from myself. Read more...

YOU Are Beautiful Souls

Oh, you guys! Where do I even start? Saturday night was such a thrill for me! 25 of you won backstage paces to meet the ladies of Casting Crowns and can I just say that YOU, the readers of allmomdoes are beautiful souls! To enter the backstage pass, you answered “what does being a mom mean to you?” As we all waited to start the event we heard some of your answers. One of you said that “being a mom means being there for your kids, unlike my mom was able to.” Right then, a feeling of genuine transparency came over the room. Another one of you shared that being a mom means “extending fresh grace everyday, just like God does for us.” Read more...

Who Has Time for Communication?

You run from work, to soccer practice, to piano recital, to the McDonald’s drive-thru, and then home late. There you brush past your spouse, who was running just as fast in the other direction, and so you quickly acknowledge one another's presence. But before you do anything else you realize the family needs to get some food down, get homework done, get baths finished, then bedtime. And perhaps after doing a little bit of cleaning you hit the bed exhausted yourself. Read more...

I Keep Praying Anyway

How often have you prayed to make the green light at the intersection, for a meeting to end early or for those vanity pounds to just fall off? I do this daily. But even though I would categorize it as a small prayer, I don’t put blame on God when I end up missing the light or staying late at work. It gets me thinking of all the times I have blamed God for bigger prayers that felt unanswered. Read more...

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