I have noticed that many moms pray often for their children, but they don’t always pray for themselves. And they need to. That’s because an important part of being a good mom is recognizing that you can’t do it well without God’s help. We moms need the Lord to enable us every day to produce the ... [keep reading]
Help your child develop compassion and understanding for kids with disabilities
March is National Disability Awareness Month. In honor of this event, bestselling author Laura Wifler (Risen Motherhood) will be hosting a special live reading of her new children’s book, Like Me, with a Q&A to follow. There will also be drawings for special prizes during the event. You and ... [keep reading]
How to Wait on God’s Promise of Growth
You know that saying “bloom where you’re planted?” I like it, but what about the times you feel like you’re just the dormant seed in a hole covered with dirt? Last year, just as I was about to start working on illustrating my next book, I went through a brief season of depression during ... [keep reading]
Why romance should still be on your reading list
Ah, romance. Those who aren’t interested in story may shrug and say, “I read only nonfiction. You know, serious books.” I always feel sad when I hear that. Because strength and forgiveness and vulnerability and learning about oneself and so many other good things can be found in the world ... [keep reading]
Are You Still Searching for Your Place in Life?
Some words that we use as a matter of course carry much more weight than we imagine. Place is such a word. In a purely geographical sense, a place is nothing more than a location that can be pinned on your phone’s GPS. In this case you might say, “This is where I am.” In a vocational sense, ... [keep reading]
When you mess up, will God welcome you back?
This excerpt from Stories from the Storyteller by Jonathan Evans puts a modern spin on the parable of the prodigal son so that children can better understand that God's unconditional love for us doesn't follow what we typically think of as fair. And aren't we thankful that God doesn't give us what ... [keep reading]
Teach your child to love and understand children with disabilities
As a mother to a child with disabilities, I've experienced firsthand the questions other children have when it comes to disabilities. But I've found that often, children simply need a bit of help to see that a child with disabilities is actually a lot like them—maybe they love candy, birthday ... [keep reading]
How Can We Believe in Something That We Can’t See?
“But, Mommy, I can’t see Him!” I can’t tell you how many times my four-year-old daughter protested this point when we’d have conversations about God. She continued this protest as a five and six-year-old as well. Fair enough. The fact that we can’t physically see or touch God has often felt ... [keep reading]
How to teach your child about diversity, compassion, and the fine art of friendship
It was a hot July afternoon, and we had just picked up a few of my children’s friends to take to the pool. My youngest daughter with intellectual disabilities was jabbering excitedly in the car, talking about water and goggles and pretzel bites (her favorite snack to get at the concession stand), ... [keep reading]
Experience the Blessing of Thanksgiving and Receiving
We need to compose our lives in such a way that we both give and receive, learning to do both with grace, seeing both as parts of a single pattern rather than as antithetical alternatives.Mary Catherine Bateson Pause for a moment, put down the grocery and to-do list, and raise your hand if you’re ... [keep reading]
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