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Raising Jerktoids

My daughter is a jerktoid. There, I said it. I know it’s harsh, but it’s true. She’s selfish, stubborn, and abrasive. She whines and shouts, emotion spilling uncontrollably down her face when things don’t go her way. Then she strikes me in the face when I don’t cave in to her antics. It’s like raising […]

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Why Parents Must Be Well-Versed In Love…And A Bunch of Other Virtues

How is parenthood a step toward sainthood? Find out here!

“Funny how children force us to be sanctified. Silly me, when I started this whole parenting thing, I thought it was MY job to keep THEM pure.

But I’ve found that by trying to shape and mold my daughters’ morals, my own character gets put through the fire. As though parenthood—when done right—is a little taste of purgatory. A little snippet of life that trims the fat from our soul, then sets it ablaze until it’s golden.”

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Love Resistant

A good friend of mine recently posted a video on her social media website. In the clip, her husband wrapped his arms lovingly around their dog and stroked the canine’s black coat of fur. The pup whimpered, his eyes wide, pleading for someone—anyone—to rescue him from his master’s embrace. The dog didn’t stop resisting my […]

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You Don’t Have to Try

The other night, I was watching So You Think You Can Dance, one of my all-time favorite TV shows.  It’s a summer series that showcases the talent and hard work of trained artists who compete to become America’s favorite dancer. In the most recent episode, one couple did a beautiful Broadway piece based on the […]

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Love: A Response to Hate

After adding my most recent post, All the Single Ladies (And Gentlemen), many of you have reached out and shared your stories.  I am grateful and humbled that you have allowed me to walk with you on your journey.  One reader, however – a woman whom I have never met or heard from before – […]

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Cry, Cry My Beloved Child

Imagine you’re unable to move or speak.  Your stomach churns violently, constricting on itself.  You have no ability to feed yourself.  You can’t even form words to tell someone about your hunger.  The pangs yank harder in your belly.  What would you do? My daughter cries.  And I don’t blame her.  She is not capable […]

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Love AND Marriage?

Marriage in America: A Report to the Nation recently described marriage as an “institution in decay”. Due to shifts in values and lifestyles, they claim that our country transformed from one of the most marrying nations in the world to a society that questions the validity and value of marriage. Ironically, though, the things that […]

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God-Sized Dreams Team

Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’  So God created mankind in his own […]

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HypoCHRISTy

“The fundamental fact of Christian faith is this: Christ is alive!” Leonard Sweet writes in Nudge, his book about sharing one’s Christian faith.  In every other religion, I came to realize, prophets and scripture-worthy characters currently lie six feet below ground, never to be seen, heard, or touched again.  Their words and teachings resound only […]

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