6 Tips for Parents on a Mission

kids on trampI think we can all agree that children are a blessing from God. My husband and I have a heart for kids. You might have guessed that since we keep making them. But did you know that we are missionaries? For seven years this March we have been living in the “parenting” mission field. (Our oldest son turned 7 in March!) We started out underfunded and ill equipped but the Lord has been gracious and is teaching us a little more as we go along.

There are lots of great Christian books on parenting, but whatever biblical parenting style you lean towards I can offer a handful of practical hints that they all have in common: Continue reading

The unexpected side of love

bible heartWe all want love. We want to give and receive it. But how often do we think about what love really means? Love is not an emotion. It is doing what is best for someone, even laying down one’s life for them.  And I get it, I mean as a wife and mom so much of what I do on a daily basis is for someone else. Sadly, when my focus is in the wrong place, I rob myself and those around me of the joy that real love produces. Thankfully, I can always turn to God’s word for help. Continue reading

Faith like a Child

Our church is going through the book of Luke and last Sunday one verse we visited was Luke 17:6 “So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” This verse reminded me of something that happened about a year ago.

When my oldest son turned six, my husband took him on their first father-son fishing trip. It was a cool brisk morning, everyone in our apartment and even the sun were still sleeping. They were all set with tackle boxes, bait, and poles in the car and hot chocolates in hand. Continue reading