Family life

Don’t Let Fear Drive the Bus * 10 Minute Devotional

My 4-year-old loves Mo Willems’ books. There’s one called Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus that’s all about a pigeon who (wait for it) wants to drive a bus. But he’s a pigeon. Even 4-year-olds know you shouldn’t let him drive. Yet how often do grown adults let fear drive the bus? I know I do…… Continue reading Don’t Let Fear Drive the Bus * 10 Minute Devotional

Family life · Lists

5 Survival Tips for When You’re Solo Parenting

Daryl traveled to a pastor’s conference a couple weeks ago. I was genuinely thrilled he was going – he hasn’t spent a night without the kids since before our second born arrived, and times of focused study, rest, and renewal are a gift. I was also terrified he was going. It would be me and…… Continue reading 5 Survival Tips for When You’re Solo Parenting

soul space

Jettison the ‘Just in Case’ (Soul Space Thursday)

When it comes to clutter, I can be pretty ruthless. I don’t like excess stuff hanging around, and I’m not very sentimental. Still, everyone has a blind spot when it comes to accumulating junk. My Achilles’ heel is saving unnecessary and sometimes random stuff just in case. Anybody else? I get this from my dad,…… Continue reading Jettison the ‘Just in Case’ (Soul Space Thursday)

live free · soul space

Don’t Give Away the Time (Soul Space Thursday)

I like to joke that most things in life can be explained by scenes from either The Office (the American version, of course) or The West Wing. Take this scene from The Office, for example, where Holly Flax tries to explain time theft to her officemates. That, to the company, taking extra time at the water cooler…… Continue reading Don’t Give Away the Time (Soul Space Thursday)

Christian reflections

First Things First * 10 Minute Devotional

An old Wheaton acquaintance of mine, Brett McCracken, created this great graphic. I came across it on Facebook last week and it stopped me in my tracks. You guys, yes.  It seems so obvious – build everything on Scripture, learn from our local church and the great church tradition, spend time in nature, read books (actual,…… Continue reading First Things First * 10 Minute Devotional