Speak to me inside of her. That was the word the Lord whispered into my heart the day I hit my knees in prayer for a friend.I had struggled in our relationship. We were in a Bible study together and it seemed that no matter how I tried to encourage her in her walk with the Lord, my words were either received as judgmental or legalistic. Where the tension was coming from, I didn’t really know, but what was certain is that I cared about her ... Read More about Speak Forth
My four-month-old son has fallen fast asleep on the floor next to me. Both arms are spread-eagled, one tiny hand clutched around his cow blanket. He is peaceful and seems oh-so-small compared to the room he occupies. Sometimes it's hard for me to imagine my little man will one day be a grown man with facial hair and responsibilities other than being cute.I catch myself wondering if, in twenty-some years, there will be a wonderful gal gazing ... Read More about What Makes a Father
by Charlotte Grey I was a daddy’s girl. A can’t-find-anyone-more-devoted-than-me daddy’s girl.My early years were spent continuously on my daddy’s lap. There was no greater reward than hearing his praise. When he smiled at me, I was happy, and knew everything was well. When he frowned, well, I would brokenheartedly cry and make sure not to do whatever had displeased him ever again.Then it happened. Sickness, death in the family, ... Read More about The Sometimes-There Father
One of the greatest gifts that my father gave me was living a life that exemplified true wisdom. Through my childhood I saw him learn and grow and change, his understanding of God and the Bible and Truth ever deepening. As an adult, there have been many times when I've watched others struggle to learn something that my father carefully ingrained into me as a young girl.In honor of Father's Day, I want to share with you some of the most ... Read More about Ten Wise Things I Learned From My Dad
My precious daughters, You are so little right now, so entirely captivated by the joys of childhood. It is hard for me to imagine you as young women, grown and lovely and looking eagerly toward romance and marriage! Yet I know that time is coming for each of you, more quickly than I can grasp at this moment. When it comes -- when you are beginning relationships and evaluating young men and being swept away in the dizzy excitement of new love -- ... Read More about Watch Your Daddy
Plans for our special family outing had changed several times, but we finally landed upon Plan C -- the park -- with the picnic dinner I'd already packed. We enjoyed a nice picnic and then proceeded to the busy playground. We very rarely go there on the weekends, preferring to play when it's less crowded. But since our family was a ratio of 2:2, I figured it safe to have each of us big kids watch one little kid.But it didn't take long to ... Read More about Parenting, Playgrounds, and Priorities
What about the daughters whose fathers never wanted them and abandoned them before they were even born? Like me. - RachelDear Rachel,Thank you so much for asking this question. It is one that is burning within the hearts of so many women, young and old alike.How I wish I could be right beside you and listen to your heart…and your story! I would give you a big hug and whisper in your ear what my Heavenly Father has taught me and so ... Read More about What About Me?
I don't know where I heard it, but it's always stuck in my mind: "Marry a man who will make a good father." Ever since I met my husband in Yellowstone National Park that day, I knew he liked children. My little sister was just 1-year-old at the time, and though 13-year-old Merritt and I never exchanged anything but shy smiles, he talked to my baby sister and made faces at her as I pushed her in a stroller down the boardwalks of Yellowstone. I ... Read More about Marry a man who will make a good daddy…