A Word to Girls about Sexting & Setting Standards

When you write a book for teen and tween girls, you learn a lot about teen culture. Much of what you learn will absolutely break your heart.

And while I don’t love controversy – or being one to initiate awkward conversations – I do love girls. Because of that love, I’m venturing out of my normal blogging zone to address an issue that parents and adolescents should discuss.

And that is, sexting.

Now, some parents assume that only “wild” girls sext. They’ve told their daughters to never-ever-ever-EVER send a provocative picture to anyone, and having had this conversation, they don’t worry about their child joining the party.

But what many adults don’t realize is how today’s teens are being told that sexting is normal and no big deal. Everyone does it. Sexting may be prevalent, but it’s not healthy. It isn’t right or good either, and it certainly won’t lead girls to the one thing they want most…LOVE.

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The Child Who Makes Me Brave

Do you have a child who’s the opposite of you, and when they’re little you don’t know what to do with that, but then they grow up and you realize what an extraordinary GIFT you’ve been given?

That’s how I feel about my Sophie Bear, who turns 10 this month.

While I’m a scaredy cat, Sophie is fearless.Child Who Makes Me Brave - FINAL

While I’m sensitive, she is tough.

While I’m an introvert who loves to stay home and nest, she’s an extrovert, always up for an adventure and any excuse to get out.

Sophie’s courage and passion for people and life inspire me every day. When I grow up, I want to be more like her.

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5 Words for the Weary Mother’s Soul

If you ever have days when you feel tapped out, exhausted, or tired of feeling like you don’t measure up, then prepare to fall in love with my friend Jeannie Cunnion. A mom of three boys and author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child, Jeannie has a gift for helping women find peace and freedom through God’s lavish grace. I’m thrilled to host Jeannie as a guest blogger today so her words of wisdom may inspire you and remind you of how deeply loved you are.

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It was 8:30 a.m. and I had just landed at the Atlanta airport, picked up a rental car and began the two-hour drive to South Carolina for a three-day conference.

I turned on the radio and found the local Christian radio station so worship music could fill the car. And I began to cry.  Sob, actually.

I was in a painful season in life, and I was feeling particularly vulnerable.  I was aware of how hard this life can be and how much I need Jesus to navigate it.  I was empty.

 Jeannie Cunnion

Jeannie Cunnion

So I did the only thing I know to do when I am overwhelmed: I began to pray. Honest, raw prayers about the pain in my heart and the fear in my bones.

“I can’t handle this Lord. I feel broken. I am weak. And I think I’m letting everyone down.  The pain is deep and wide and I have nothing to give.”

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The Secret to a Meaningful Life

All of us want our life to mean something.Secret to a Meaningful Life - FINAL

We want to leave a mark.

We want to make a difference.

We want to be remembered long after we die.

Yet far too often, our efforts are shortsighted. We focus on this world instead of the next. We measure success by wealth, notoriety, and living the American dream. The bigger the bank account, the greater the legacy, we naively assume. The more perfect our family appears, the better we’ve done as parents.

But what looks impressive and important on earth often doesn’t carry over into heaven. Because up in heaven, there are no autograph lines. There are no awards for perfect families, no trust funds for the next generation, no monuments, empires, or family dynasties.

As the country song says, you’ve a never seen a hearse with a trailer hitch. When we die, we can’t take our stuff with us. Regardless of what we accumulate on earth, or how powerful we become, we all leave this world the same way we enter it – naked and alone.

There’s only one thing that can follow us into heaven, and that’s people. So if we really crave a life of meaning, the place to start is with relationships.

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