Eyes on the Lord

I confess that another four weeks of quarantine sounded overwhelming. I sat down to read my Bible with my children. Within five minutes, one child had managed to pull a cracker out of the trash and was eating it, while spilling crumbs all over the place. He wanted nothing to do with the cracker yesterday,…

Stopping the Cycle for the Next Generation: depression as a mom

Baby#1The hardest part I found with having a baby was the social isolation. I didn’t know if I was depressed in general or had postpartum depression. At the hospital they told me, “You’re more likely to struggle with postpartum depression if you have a history of depression.” Then they gave me a panphlet on it….

Suicidal Thoughts

After being in East Asia for a month, I woke up one night, and I couldn’t get thoughts of suicide off my mind. I went to the bathroom so as not to wake my roommate. My fingers quickly slid open my Bible, hoping to hear a Word from the Lord through whatever I randomly read…

The Shame of Depression

Crying at school is one thing, but I couldn’t stop crying! As a sophomore in high school, my teacher sent me to the school nurse, who sent me to see my mom (since she was a teacher). My mom let me stay in her office and cry it out…at first. But after one class period,…

A Sense of Solidarity

It’s not easy. I feel like by sharing my story, “depression” becomes my label. And that label has a stigma attached to it. People think, “mentally ill,” “nutcase,” “can’t be trusted,” “emotionally unstable.” It’s not like sharing about drugs or alcohol or even a rocky time in your marriage as if it were a thing…

Storybook Bibles

Within the first two years of my daughter’s life, my husband and I read through nearly 10 different Children’s Story Bibles. Ultimately we came to the same conclusion about all of them. None of them can or should completely replace actually reading God’s Word to your children. Yes, I’ll go ahead and give you an…

Wisdom is Better

  Sometimes I’ll pass a big house and be super overwhelmed and impressed at either it’s size, fanciness, or some other aspect. Occasionally though, I’ll see a house so massive that it makes even big houses seem small in comparison. Most of the time I see these mansions on earth, I think about our heavenly…

Bible Prophecy

Do you get overwhelmed by some of the Bible‚Äôs Old Testament prophecies? I confess, it can be quite confusing and definitely, overwhelming! Thank God for good teachers and scholars who have gone before us to study and explain the Scriptures so we understand. I hear my Bible study teacher spends something like 20 hours a…

Readiness

  Sometimes I hear people say, “I’m SO not ready for kids.” Or they’ll say, “if you wait to have kids until you’re ready, you’ll never have them.” Whatever the version of that, it always has to do with our readiness. But that’s completely the wrong focus. People worry about getting to the place where…

Hospitality

  Sometimes when I’m preparing to host people, I get stressed out. Other times, I get excited! The difference can usually be found with my motivation. Am I secretly excited for everyone to notice my new rug? Or am I praying about how to arrange the room that will make people feel more comfortable? When…