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When Our Kids Ask Faith Questions

My daughter asked me the other night when I was tucking her in, “Is it okay that sometimes I don’t want to go to church?” It would be easy to sigh and be frustrated and convince her to say “the right thing”. 

But, the truth is, we all have questions sometimes and we are all unsure about things sometimes. 

Even Thomas questioned things. And, even though he did, in John 20, Jesus came right to Thomas. That didn’t stop him. 

God is far bigger than our questions and thoughts. 

So, when my daughter said that, I said, “Of course that’s okay to feel that way. I feel like that sometimes. But church is a great thing because we can grow in our faith and also be around community. That’s why it’s a choice, because we don’t always feel like it. That’s why faith is a choice, because we don’t always feel it either.”

My daughter loves to ask deep questions about faith and she is so raw and honest. It’s good for our kids to be raw and honest. It’s good for them to know it’s okay and normal to have questions and wonder about things. 

I like to remind my kids that I don’t always FEEL like loving the people around me, but I try my best to choose to because I care about them and because that’s what God calls us to do. 

It’s the same with faith. We might not always feel it, but it’s a choice to believe.


Just like when Martha was in pain after losing her brother Lazarus, she still chose to believe in Jesus. She was sad, frustrated, and asked questions, yet she chose to believe. Isn’t that beautiful?

If we want our kids to keep coming to us with their honest thoughts and questions, we need to welcome them. 


The next day, my daughter said she was going to make her journal a prayer journal where she could pray to God in it. 

Isn’t that awesome? Asking questions in one moment, choosing to pray in the next?

God sure is honored when we seek Him. And He will show Himself.

So, let’s make space for our kids to seek the Lord, to come to us with questions, to be raw and open with us. And let’s keep reminding them how much we love them and how much the Lord loves them.


“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.” Jeremish 29

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Jesus

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Taking Time for People Going Through What We’ve Been Through

You know those people who have gone through what you’re going through and take time to talk, to encourage, to offer wisdom, to offer hope? I sure am grateful for them.

When two of our triplets contracted an intestinal infection in the NICU after being born at 29 weeks and 2.5 pounds, it was a God-send to be able to talk to a mom who had just been through it with her twins, and to be able to walk the road of challenges and recovery together.

When we were moving to a new city and had to learn about the area and the schools, it was so helpful that countless people took time to talk with me about the area. 

When my dad, even though he’s been an avid runner, got covid and had to get a tracheostomy, it was and has been a lifeline to talk to a friend whose mom went through the same thing, got it removed, and is now home and doing well. He has encouraged us and helped us navigate the path of healing and recovery for my dad. We will forever be grateful to him. 

It can be easy to become too busy to be there for people going through things, good and bad. But, I never want to be. I always want to make time for them, just as so many people have made time for me.

I think about Jesus visiting the woman at the well and how the people in her town asked Jesus to stay two more days, and he did. 

I think about how Priscilla took time to teach Apollos more about Jesus because she had wisdom.

I think about how Peter got word that Tabitha, a follower of Jesus, was sick, and he traveled to the town where she was to pray for healing for her. 

I think about how Jesus went to heal the twelve-year-old girl, and on the way, he stopped to heal the bleeding woman who was desperate. He could have kept going, but he didn’t.

I think about how Lydia went out of her way to be hospitable to Paul and Silas after they were freed from prison for preaching about Jesus.

I think about the great gift God has given us in one another.

And, how it honors the Lord when we slow down and take time for each other.

Lord, 

Let us never take the gift of one another for granted. Let us not be so consumed with looking inward that we lose sight of the kingdom of God and loving those around us. Let us never get too busy to offer hope, wisdom, and encouragement to people who are going through what we’ve been through. Please use what we’ve gone through to bring others closer to you and to glorify you. Show us people we can encourage and be there for, and please bless the people who have been there for us. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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We Should Watch & Learn From the Very Ones Jesus Told Us to be Like

I was convicted of something as I read the Scriptures this morning. 

Oftentimes we can try to tame our kids, control them, quiet them down, and some sweet moments we get glimpses of our kids need to be free, to be themselves, to be kids. 

In Matthew 21, Jesus was in the temple. The chief priests were very annoyed as they saw “the children shouting in the temple courts: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David.’”

The children were shouting praise. In the temple. Isn’t that a beautiful picture? 

I can see us shushing our kids to be quieter, yet these children were “shouting” and making a raucous for the Lord. The leaders were annoyed, but Jesus wasn’t. And, he didn’t try to quiet them.

The leaders asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ‘From the lips of CHILDREN and INFANTS you, Lord, have called forth praise?’”

The Lord has ordained praise from infants and children – isn’t that just beautiful. 

He loved their worship, their praise, their uninhibited love for Him.

Sometimes instead of shushing our kids, we should stand back and watch and learn from the very ones Jesus told us to be like. 

“Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus (Matthew 18)

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Exciting News!!!

Several years ago as my daughters were curled up in bed reading Disney princess books, I had a vision to create a book about beautiful hearted women of the Bible who my girls could look up to and imitate…Women who loved the Lord and loved others and wanted to make a difference for Jesus. 

I wanted them to be encouraged to focus on inner-beauty and to get their confidence from the Lord, not the world.

I wanted to not be overcome by busyness, but instead, to be intentional about connecting with my girls and the Lord together, and to have fun doing it, through engaging stories and creative activities. 

So I wrote this devotional for me and for you and for all the mamas out there who long to connect with their daughters and the Lord.

My writing dream has finally come true. You can pre-order my Mother-Daughter devotional on Amazon! 

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My daughter knocked her whole smoothie over on the kitchen counter. We just looked at each other and laughed. Because of the number of things that had happened that day, it was comical at this point. 

I turned to her as we were cleaning it up and said, “Chaos sure is better together.”We’ll all have chaos in life at times, but it is so much better doing it with those we love. 


Happy 4th!

Happy 4th! As we celebrate July 4th, let’s pray with our kids for the men and women who serve our country, as well as their families. Thank you to each of you who has served, is serving, or has a family member serving. We are so very grateful for each of you and that because of your commitment, service, and sacrifice we can have freedom.

Lord, we come together to pray for each man and woman serving our country, as well as for their spouses, children, parents and friends. Please fill them with your peace, your presence, your power, your Spirit, your comfort, your truth, your love. Thank you for the independence and freedom we have here, and above all, for the freedom we have in you, Jesus. We pray your words from John 17:11 for them: “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name.” In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Sometimes figuring out how to start a relationship with Jesus can appear like a magic formula and seem confusing or unattainable.

But, in Luke 23:39-43, Jesus shows how we can have a relationship with Him.

The three crosses stood on the hill called the Skull – Jesus was being crucified between two criminals.

“One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‘Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?

We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Jesus doesn’t say – sorry, you believe in me, but your past is too bad.

He doesn’t say – sorry, but you didn’t say the five-step, exact word prayer you needed to, so you don’t make the cut.

No, Jesus knows the repentant heart of the man.

Jesus sees how the criminal acknowledges his own guilt.

That the criminal saw him on the cross, innocent, not deserving of this.

The criminal recognizes Jesus is the Messiah – the one offering the way to God’s kingdom.

And, Jesus says, “TODAY you will be with ME in paradise.”

Not that he would think about it and consider what he’s saying.

The man reached out to Jesus and Jesus accepted him – right then and there.

Right now, wherever you are in your faith, Jesus wants you to turn to him.

To choose him.

To believe in him.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Jesus (Matthew 7:7-8)

Jesus is there for you.

He came to this earth for you.

He died on the cross for you.

He rose again for you.

Because he loves you and wants you to come into his kingdom.

So you can have life now and forever with him – the life that is truly life.

This world is limited. But life with Jesus is everlasting.

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Here are some other verses that talk about starting a relationship with the Lord.

I’m praying for you. That the Lord would speak to your heart, comfort you, and connect with you.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” Jesus (John 5:24)

“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

“For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21 & Romans 10:13

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