How to Transform Your Child’s Screen-Time into Relationships and Connection

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood

Usually, I wait until I’ve tried something for a while before I share it with you. But this time, I’m so excited about an idea that I’m going to share it with you before we’ve truly taken it on the road. I think it’s a good one… This particular idea was birthed from desperation. Here’s the scenario: A child asks a … Read More

“How To Survive the Day with Littles”, OR “How Having 3 Kids Is Harder Than 5”

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood

While our older two daughters have been at a daily art camp for two weeks, I’ve been home with our three youngest children ages 5, 2, and newborn. I love our younger children dearly and am grateful that our family continues to enjoy the little years. In fact, I have a blog post coming about how I am filled-to-the-brim with joy just … Read More

Thoughts on Our Times: Is Evil Spiraling Out of Control?

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The other night, I lay my head on the pillow, my mind weary from processing so many tragic headlines, day after day. The shootings, the accidents, and the hatred seems to be spiraling out of control, don’t you think?Earlier in the day, I tuned into CNN. A spokesperson against terrorism was asked, “What should we do about all this terrorism?”

The spokesperson said, “It does seem to be escalating. I think we just have to try harder.”

Try harder?

This Week’s Inspiration

LauraAll Posts

I’ve been devouring many sources of inspiration lately. I always like to pass along some of my favorites to you. A friend pointed me in the direction of a 5-part series aired on Revive Our Hearts way back in 2014. Erin Davis’ interview about her book, Beyond Bath Time, is just about the most encouraging thing a mother could listen to. I … Read More

When Ministry Happens in Fits and Starts

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Ministry, Motherhood

 (“Women’s Ministry”.) For years, I’ve aspired to be like the faithful Sunday School teacher who serves her post for 50 years, loving generations of children, sharing the gospel with countless young people who gather at her table week after week. I’ve day-dreamed about looking back over the years and noticing that my faithful involvement in a community, or a person, … Read More

Wooden on Motherhood: What the UCLA Coach Taught Me About Leading and Loving my Children

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood

I recently read Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden and Steve Jamison. John Wooden is known as the “best coach in history”. Not only did he lead his UCLA basketball team to many victories (10 NCAA Championships), but he also – and more importantly – poured his life into teaching his athletes to thrive as human beings. Though the book … Read More

Small and On the Earth

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There were moments in my childhood when I’d be sitting in the grass, spring or summer. The sky would be blue and high. I’d pull my knees up to my chest and balance on my bottom. Every so often, a distinct awareness would rush over me – an awareness that I was sitting on the earth. In my mind’s eye, the … Read More

Christians are Not a Dying Breed: Full Article at TrueWoman.com

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I know people say things like “the younger generation is leaving the church,” and that “Christians are a shrinking minority.” I know that polls point to the sure disappearance of Christians, but I also know something to encourage our fainting hearts—Christianity is thriving in God’s hands, and Christians are not a dying breed. We never will be. Continue reading at … Read More

How to Begin and Nurture a Mentoring Relationship: It’s a Blessing We Can’t Afford to Miss!

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Ministry, Motherhood

To complement my post at Revive Our Hearts True Woman Blog today, I thought I’d write about a way in which God has used biblical mentoring in my life. Many, many women have enriched my life over the years – my own mother being at the very top of the list – but I thought that today, I’d share one … Read More

Look for the Shining Moments: My Shot at “Chicken Soup for the Soccer Mom’s Soul”

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood

In the middle of the winter, we needed to get our boy running around. So, we signed him up for Soccer Shots at a church around the bend. It was a wonderful experience and exactly what he needed: an honest and helpful coach, lots of exercise, and a first-time exposure to playing on a team. The first day, I felt … Read More