Grace, grace, terrible grace

My initial thoughts after reading the first chapter of Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. I am in TERRIBLE need of grace every. Single. Day. Grace is a terrible thing. Grace drives me to silence before God's throne when I just want to lead … Continue reading Grace, grace, terrible grace

Momathon

Welcome to the MOMATHON! This is the race that you start the moment you go into labor with your baby child. Unlike other races you may have run in the past, this was one is not measured by kilometers or miles; it's measured first by minutes, then days, then weeks, then months, then years! No … Continue reading Momathon

down to the “nitty-guilty”

If I am being honest, there are quite a few things I feel guilty about on a daily basis. And I'm beginning to realize that this guilt is at the root of some of my anxiety and stress that holds me back from my goals. I feel guilty about...

how it really goes

But of course, this is what REALLY happens. I forgot to plug in my phone before climbing into bed last night so it died, not waking me up at 5:15 this morning. My baby managed to not wake me up either, because BOTH of us managed to somehow sleep in until 11:00. 

Prayer & Parenting

Prayer. Keeping up a consistent prayer life has always been a struggle. I've always found myself attempting different things - prayer journals, iPhone note prayers, prayer meetings, prayer requests written in a notebook. The Apostle Paul, in I Thessalonians 5:17, calls us to "pray without ceasing," as if it's supposed to be natural, like breathing. … Continue reading Prayer & Parenting

faith like a child

I've been on vacation. Ok, that's not entirely true, considering I've been back for a week now; but let's be honest: family vacation recovery is real. And I'm not talking decompressing from all the insanity that may or may not have relapsed. I'm simply talking about the process of unpacking and resting - which, mind … Continue reading faith like a child

menu of emotion: frustration for breakfast, anger for lunch, & guilt for dinner

I was almost having a surreal experience this morning as all my reading from two different parenting books and the Gospel of Mark began honing in on one profound theme: self control.  It was so clear, so cut and dry, yet so humbling and difficult to swallow.  In her book, Yell Less Love More, where … Continue reading menu of emotion: frustration for breakfast, anger for lunch, & guilt for dinner

volume control

I have been working with kids since I was 12 years old. Different experiences throughout my life triggered my "inner teacher," though I never did pursue a teaching degree. I chose a more exciting and unconventional and international path for myself, but it never stopped from teaching. Having the heart of a teacher, however, doesn't … Continue reading volume control