It’s Time to Get Creative, Mom.

  It’s Time to Get Creative, Mom. As a writer, I know all about creativity. I know how essential it is. I know how fun it can be. I also know what it’s like to be at a loss for creativity. Even as a mom, creativity is important. Combine the needed creativity for being both a mom and a writer . . . well, it’s tough to come by. When there are people and paperwork and piles to manage… When {Read More}

3 Ways to Embrace Messy Days

3 Ways to Embrace Messy Days I don’t know about you, but I was a messy child and teen. Growing up, my room could have been considered a danger zone. It was hard to walk through it without tripping on stuff. Clothes, books, and shoes were strewn everywhere. My mom would ask me to clean my room over and over again, and then—when she couldn’t take it any more—she’d clean it for me. She’d also repeat the same thing each {Read More}

Time to Evaluate My Life!

Time to Evaluate My Life! In my book Balanced, one of the things I encourage women to do is take an honest look at their lives, and to come up with a “Yeah! list” of things they’re doing great at, and a “Fail! list” of areas they feel they’re falling short. I thought I’d take my own advice. Here is the list of the first things that popped into my mind today: Yeah! I’m keeping up with Reading Through the {Read More}

Motherhood Is Not a Test: 4 Ways to Give Yourself a Hall Pass

  Motherhood Is Not a Test I used to treat motherhood like a test. Every night I’d think over my day and evaluate myself. If the kids were relatively happy, I didn’t blow up too often, and if the house ended up fairly clean, then I’d give myself a passing grade. But then there were those days when I didn’t seem to measure up to the picture in my mind: The kids fought with each other. Failure. I had drive-through {Read More}

What I Hope For . . . x 10!

What I Hope For . . . x 10! Sometimes I can’t believe my life now. In the last few months I’ve written a novelization of a movie, and I’ve chatted with a production company about their meetings to turn my books into movies. I’ve signed contracts to write more books. Lots more books. I’ve been interviewed on radio programs, and I get to interview other authors on my own show. Is this my life?! When I was a young {Read More}

A Sense of Responsibility

The common sense of the godly preserves them. Proverbs 11:9 (MSG) I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids. —Unknown One hundred years ago most people got their parenting advice from family or neighbors. In the good ol’ days mother DID know best because she was one of the few providing input. Old wives’ tales came from old wives . . . and one listened to them because there was no such thing as {Read More}

Stop Striving: Surrendering Brings Peace

Last week was a crazy week. I worked hard, striving to get things done. We got moved into our new house (yeah!), but my husband had to be out of town for work (boo!). I was excited about unpacking, and then I discovered Focus on the Family was coming to my house to tape videos for the Lead Your Family Like Jesus Curriculum. (Oh my!) It was time to strive even harder. In addition to caring for three kids under {Read More}

Mom Blogs You Don’t Want to Miss!

There are a new type of world changers these days. These women serve God, serve their families, and also use their words to impact the world for Jesus Christ. I’ve been a blogger for seven years, but after attending the Allume conference I’ve built amazing friendships with other mommy bloggers. Below is a list I compiled of Mommy Bloggers that you don’t want to miss. Take time to check out their blogs and connect with these amazing women! (And for {Read More}

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