Secrets Mothers Keep: On Roots & Wings

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I originally published this last year as my first child prepared to go off to college. Apparently it struck a chord with many momma's of the "cap-and-gown set" as it was my most shared and commented post. So I offer it again for the Class of 2016's mothers: When I was pregnant I remember being astounded by the secrets the women in my …

Perseverance in Suffering

Has any time or season of suffering caused you to question or doubt God? When this question was raised in my Bible study group it elicited powerful responses, stories of Cancer. Addiction. Murder. Depression. Suicide. Death. Rejection. Pain. Sadness. My group is a pretty typical cross-section of American women who seem to have suffered extraordinary pain, but is such adversity really …

An Open Letter to Daughters-in-Law: Take a Page from Ruth and Naomi

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(Originally written as a gift to my mother-in-law for Mother's Day 2001) Today I am one of you, a daughter-in-law, but tomorrow I will be one of them...a mother-in-law. As the mother of two sons, I encourage you this Mother's Day to make a decision to love your mother-in-law. Through 10 years of marriage it was …