When Girls Demonstrate Self Respect …

When Girls Demonstrate Self Respect … As raw and risky as it is to admit, there’s a small part of me eagerly waiting for the day about a decade or more from now when I notice that my daughter and I are just friends. And I say, “just friends,” because the carpooling to play practices, voice lessons, […]

Self Respect WHILE Respecting Others

Something is missing from our viral lists of 101 Ways to Respect Your Husband, and 101 Ways to Love Your Wife – it’s a list of 101 Ways to Respect Yourself. We shy away from this topic in Christiandom because we think it breeds selfishness – and it might – but to ignore it breeds […]

Ever wonder why you are on the planet?

Have you ever wondered why you breathe? Have you ever had that depressed, discouraged, “Oh, why am I even bothering?” hopeless-style response to life’s circumstances? If you have served Him in ministry for a while, struggle with depression, or worse, both, you know what I’m talking about. I have talked with a LOT of Christian […]

Married? Miss THIS and you miss a LOT…

The Respect Dare

Maybe you’ve got this little secret-to-helping-your-marriage gem down solid-style, but if you don’t, if you miss this, you miss a LOT. Been here? 4:30pm. Kids running through the house, chasing each other, squealing like pigs. Dog barking. Phone ringing. Pot boiling. And he’ll be home in an hour. To this chaos. The messy Now you […]

Got Friends? Dare 6 of the new dare journey…

No matter what the media tells you, we

Dare 6 – Got Friends? You could take one look at me as an 11 year-old and feel my pain. I often stood at the fence outside the school, dreading another day of torturous interaction with my classmates. My gangly arms and legs and too big tortoise-shell glasses framed my small genderless face, and I stood […]

New Dare Journey – Got Expectations?

RESPECT 101

As promised, today we begin our new dare journey – it’s for any woman, married or not, of any age. You can find the back story here. Invite friends. I can’t wait to get started! 🙂 I’m looking at this as “Respect 101 – Respecting God, Ourselves, and Others” Dare 1 Got Expectations? A gangly […]

The Parenting Risk You Want to Take

3 Reasons We're Lousy At Loving God &(2)

I sat next to him while he drove. Wise teen-man-boy-something-awesome guy that emerges daily anew. Discussing priorities with him. You know, the ones where you try hard to create life balance out of the bazillion things you want/have/need to do? And I took a risk. Might seem small here, sure does after the fact.  Seemed […]

Afraid Your Kids Will End up in Hell?

cowgirl not alone

  What parent doesn’t lie awake at night sometimes wondering (or freaking out) about whether their kids will end up in hell? It’s the last thing we want. It’s the first thing we think of when our kids reach that “age of discernment” when they know about God, and we wonder if they really know […]

2 Wise Women We Want to Be When We Grow Up…

A woman of strength and dignity is a

There’s probably a ton more than 2 wise women we should attempt to be like. I don’t know about you, but I have some wise women friends that just blow my mind with how mature they are. One of my friends is going through a hard time right now. Her husband did something awful. I’m […]

Three Important Times to NOT Speak…

People are only interested in

“I need a week,” I told him. “I want to talk about this well, and right now, I just can’t.” One of my teens needed to discuss something super important…life-changing-style important…but I’d lost so much sleep and been emotionally keyed up for so long, I knew I wouldn’t do it well. Knew I’d dishonor God […]