How to Deal When People Disrespect Your BoundariesMy young friend Thomas has the most controlling parents I’ve ever seen (and my parents were about as strict as they come).Tommy raised his two younger siblings because his parents couldn’t be bothered with it. He helped with homework, made sure their teeth were brushed, and got them […]
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”-Ernest HemingwayThe worst day of my life was the day my husband left me.He walked out on the anniversary of the day he first asked me out, twelve years earlier. We were sixteen then – high school sweethearts. When he walked out, we […]
When did you last feel taken for granted?Was it today? Last week? Four years ago? If it was deep heartache, it doesn’t matter how long ago it was; you likely haven’t forgotten the feeling of being taken for granted.I recently received an email from someone walking through a crushing season of betrayal. Her heart is […]
Welcome to episode 33 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast. I’m so excited for you to hear this conversation with Courtney Ellis about life-giving spiritual conversations for weary parents. I often tell people that parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever love. You’re still trying to figure out who you are, deal with your own baggage, […]
How to Find Balance for Stressed Out ParentsHoly End of the School Year, Batman! My wife is a teacher. Each day from 7-2:30, she teaches 14 three-year-olds. On top of that, we have two school-aged children of our own. That being said, this time of year is often chaotic and exhausting. End of the year parties, […]
“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]
“Are we going to have a birthday party at the graveyard?” I nearly had to pull over on the side of the road to catch my breath.
We may never know exactly who is living their worst-case scenario at any given moment, but we can safely assume that everyone around us is carrying a heavy load.
My little boy is a Lego-maniac. He’s only six-years-old, but he’s got a brilliant imagination and is meticulous with the details. At least once a month, his grandmother takes him to a “build night” at the local Lego store. Forthe first few months, on build nights, Ben would get a small kit and follow the […]
I vow to let go of past failures and strengthen what remains so I can be a better version of myself each day. Not let go of them completely, as in forget them, but take my fear, shame, mistakes and misgivings, and put them under my feet.