Failure is not a deal-breaker in this house

Obviously, because I am a Christian author and speaker married to a pastor, our children are perfect, always behaving as if singing angels dropped them straight into our arms from the bosom of heaven. They obey the first time they are asked, they love each other desperately and never fight over the Wii remote, and they donate their birthday money to the Foundation for the Homeless they set up when they were in elementary school. No one ever rolls their eyes at me or procures big, dramatic sighs when I tell them to clean their filthy bathroom. Their first words were, “I want to ask Jesus into my heart.” (I know, right? We were surprised too. They skipped right over ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’ to the gospel of atonement.) Read more...

Jen Hatmaker Interview with Sarah Taylor

Jen Hatmaker joined me for an interview, talking about her re-released book and her upcoming blog for allmomdoes. Take a listen! Read more...

Pursuing the Hearts of our Children

I do not have a close relationship with my dad. He wasn’t invited to my wedding and my brother walked me down the aisle. Now, being the mom to a son and a daughter, I am constantly thinking about how I my husband and I will foster healthy and strong relationships with our children. We will make mistakes. We are human. But, we won't give up pursuing our children's hearts. Read more...

I Started Laughing Before I Even Hit the Ground

For example, I fell this week and I started laughing before I even hit the ground. I was holding an open container of blueberries and, needless to say, they flew everywhere and so did my arms and legs as I tried to catch myself. Whenever I look at the bruise on my arm, I laugh again. I must have looked ridiculous. Read more...

Always Panic First

What was wrong with them? How could they be hungry at a time like this?! They were planning a food run while I had gone into full-on-freak-out mode in my head. I snapped at them that I wasn’t hungry. Read more...

Interview with Crystal Paine - Money Saving Mom

Ana Kelly interviews Crystal Paine. Listen to hear more about her book "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode" and how you can learn from her to get out of survival mode to find balance and joy in your life. Read more...

Who Is That God Guy?

To those of you who volunteer at Vacation Bible Schools, God bless you. You have no idea the impact you have on the little ones you tend to. Which ones of them will look back on their time with you as the beginning of their walk with Christ? Where did your walk with Christ first begin? I'd love to hear! Read more...

Salt

I talk about being the salt and light of the world for Jesus, to my kids all the time. Ad nauseam. I'm definitely sure they are sick and tired of me saying the same things over and over again to them, but that's my job so I keep saying it. Kind of like the question I ask my son every single morning before he tromps down the front steps to catch his bus..."Who do you represent?" He flicks his long hair and rolls his green eyes at me as he mumbles, "Jesus." Yep. Salt and Light. Read more...

When Are Children Ready for Hard Truths?

I was finally getting a clue as to why she was so affected by the movie. I realized that her sweet, tiny heart had expected handsome Prince Hans to be a “good guy” and make Anna’s dreams come true. When he changed in front of her eyes into a villain, it upset her terribly. It went against everything she knew about princess stories and life in general. It destroyed the balance in her little world and she didn’t have the vocabulary to tell us how she felt. Read more...

Home: My Mission Field

If you're a mom you probably do one thing on a regular basis. Feed hungry people. Over the years I've felt that heart-wrenching ache from viewing orphans in foreign countries and felt moved to do what I could to help and I'll bet you can relate to that. As I went through mundane mama tasks each day,I would sometimes feel so lost, and think things like "how can I help so many?" I'd begun to pray about it and slowly, God began to share His mission for me, for this season of life I find myself in. Read more...

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