Every afternoon these days, whether heavy grey clouds are creeping over the horizon or the clearest blue sky is canopied above, I walk out into my garden. Orange blossoms mix with the scent of ripe Meyer lemons. Jasmine climbs over everything — miniature flowers offering up their fragrant praise.Read More
What does the Gospel have to do with parenting?
Everything. Absolutely everything.
That's my short answer to the question bound up in the title of this blog post. The Gospel has everything to do with parenting, and parenting has everything to do with the Gospel. And the Good Lord knew what He was doing when He put sinners together in families — charging moms and dads who have been saved by grace to lead with grace.Read More
The last few days I've been a bit hard on my boys. Hard on me. The holidays, while wonderful, can also be challenging. The kids have been loud and dishonoring and...loud. And, I guess, I've been frustrated that they're still each a work in process, and haven't yet "arrived" — whatever that means. It's just how I sometimes feel. Needless to say, my words haven't all been gracious. Don't get me wrong, I've grown a lot in the area of Gentle Parenting. Unfortunately, while I don’t yell like I used to, my words can still be calm and crushing if I’m not careful.Read More