Do you remember when you first met your spouse?  I sure do!  It was like fireworks were going off in rapid succession and I could barely think of anything else. I was certain that Jonny was absolutely perfect and through a lot of our marriage I remained convinced.  I had married the perfect man.

Perfection is a funny thing.  It seems like the ultimate compliment, but is it really?   [Read more…]

It’s Time to Look Up!

Somedays are better than others.  I don’t know why, but it sure seems to be true.  I’ve never known life to be boring, but it sure has been happy, sad, confusing, terrifying, repetitive, and overwhelming, and sometimes all at the same time.  The best part about it is that God is unchanging.  That is so funny to me though, because I am made in His image.  I look a lot like Him!  I think that is spectacular don’t you?  Me feeling so changeable, and yet I’m made in the very image of the unchanging One!  That just gives me hope! [Read more…]

Three Powerful Phrases for Your Home

IMG_5930_8x10We all know that the things we say matter.  Like really matter.  Words have the power to bring joy to others or absolutely ruin their day. 

I’m really big into keeping things simple, because to me when things are simple they are also sustainable. 

I have eight kids and one adorable husband, and if I get too complicated in my ideas and plans, they simple DO NOT happen.  They get lost in the whirlwind of socks, bagels, and crayons that fill my ordinary days.  Are you longing to breathe a little fresh air into your home?  Well, I have a couple of simple, doable, common-sense ideas that, when applied liberally, may just change the very atmosphere of your home. [Read more…]

Remembering Family…


Sun rays in the gardenLast night I had the honor to be at an event where about 3 people knew what the Family Restoration Project was all about.  As the 200 attendees were milling around and ‘shopping’ at the booths scattered around the room, I had the opportunity to share with many, many people about who we are and what the Lord has placed upon our hearts.  I could feel my preach coming on and all the passion for why we are doing what we are doing rise to the surface.

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Help, I Need Somebody


Sometimes I just have to laugh at myself!  If you have ever heard our message, you will know that we are not big fans of independence.  Our whole parenting message can be summed up by saying that the goal of parenting is NOT to raise independent children, but to raise children who are dependent upon hearing the voice of the Father.

This is absolutely true and I believe it with all of my heart!  I never want to be independent of His voice – ever!  The funny thing about independence is that I truly like to be independent in the care of my home, the raising of my children, etc.  In fact, now that the Lord is calling us to go to the nations, I am having to learn to let others help me.  (insert bug eyes here:) [Read more…]

Purposeful Parenting 5: Is Independence the True Mark of Parenting Success?

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“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”  John 10:27

“I’m just trying to raise good, strong, independent children.”  You’ve heard it.  You may have even said it.  This has been the parenting mantra in America for several generations.  Independence.  ‘Independently wealthy’ are words that stand for hard word and determination, while ‘family money’ conjure up images of lazy, entitled sons.   The value for independence began nobly in our nation as we fought for freedom from tyranny, but is it possible that we have embraced it in a way that was never intended from the beginning?  [Read more…]

Purposeful Parenting 4: How Learning and Hunger go Hand-in-Hand!


“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.  He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears and He will tell you what is yet to come.  He will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine.  That is why I said the Spirit will receive from Me what He will make known to you.”  John 16:12-15

As a homeschooling mom it is easy to become swallowed up by the idea that if my children memorize information they are well educated.  Is the memorization of facts the hallmark of education?  Or is it more important that they hunger for more information, have an inquisitive mind, and realize that the ‘facts’ presented in their textbooks may have more than one side to the story? [Read more…]

Purposeful Parenting 3: The Power of Testimony in Our Homes!

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“And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’”  Genesis 2:16 & 17

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.  He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’  The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” Genesis 3: 1 & 2  [Read more…]

Purposeful Parenting 2: What is the Focus of Our Biblical Training?

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“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”  Psalm 139:14

Information is processed through relationship.  When the Lord first told me that I thought to myself ‘what does that even mean?’  I thought information was only processed through my mind.  However, in Psalm 139, David talks about how his soul knows how fearfully and wonderfully he is made.  Notice he didn’t say his mind knows.  I think that is so very interesting, and so much more intimate.  His soul knows…  I love that!  [Read more…]

Legacy: Learn How Your Breakthrough Can Become Your Child’s Launchpad!

Everyday, ordinary family-life is the perfect place to focus on what we believe.  So many of our actions and reactions are a direct result of something that we believe to be true that simply isn’t true.  As parents, establishing a culture of truth in our homes should be of primary importance.  I want my children to respect and honor their siblings and us, but more than that I want them to believe like Jesus – about both themselves and others.  Most of the everyday scuffles in our homes find their roots in common, household lies that seem so ‘normal’ that it is easy to miss the root and simply trim the branches in our homes.  [Read more…]