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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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, Continue Reading

Afraid Your Kids Will End up in Hell?

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  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 Continue Reading

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 not going to Continue Reading

Three Important Times to NOT Speak…

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"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 Continue Reading

WOMEN: Stop Wanting it ALL. Dare 39

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Have you felt the pressure of the lies about wanting it all? One of the few things that makes me about half crazy frustrated at the mere mention of the subject is GENDER EQUALITY. Now, bear in mind, I'm NOT talking about equal pay for equal work. I'm also not saying that there aren't bad men out Continue Reading

But What if You Love Your Kids More Than God?

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Do you love your kids more than you love God? I did. I was wrong. In Twelve Truths to Change Your Marriage, there's a story about how I was sitting around a table with a bunch of women at Bible study  one morning and the Holy Spirit convicted me that I had something "on the throne" instead Continue Reading

17 Life Hacks for Busy Moms…

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Are you busy? Maybe working part-time, while raising kids? Given that more women in America are NOT seeking full-time employment, keeping the brain engaged while wiping noses can be an issue for many SAHM’s. A recent study by PEW research says most Americans prefer a parent at home to raise Continue Reading