A Prayer For My Children To Know God’s Love

A prayer for my son

When I don’t know how to answer my child’s questions, I pray this prayer for my children. The question came out of nowhere. “How do I know God exists when I can’t see him?” asked my four-year-old son. My jaw dropped; I had never heard a young child ask such an existential question before. I hemmed and hawed and finally came up with an answer, and later that evening I remained extra grateful for the verse we had been praying over him every night at bedtime. A prayer for my children, right from the Bible: Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the … Read More

Speak Your Child’s Love Language

mom speaking love to her child

Every child has a love language. Learn to speak your child’s love language with these tips and gift ideas. We all learn languages as children:  We learn to speak words, like English or Dutch or Cantonese. We learn body language and how to understand what adults and friends are saying without words. We also learn a primary love language. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, author of “The 5 Love Languages“, our primary love language develops as a function of the home we grew up in. If your parents were extremely affectionate, your primary love language is likely to be physical touch. But if no one in your house was a hugger, you are less likely to interpret physical touch as love. Instead, your language might be gifts, acts of service, quality time, or words of affirmation.  Of course, personality also comes into play, which is why we can have 3 … Read More

Why I became a kidney donor

my kidney donation story

I’ve spoken about this event to a few, but always with hesitation because I want so desperately for people not to make a big deal of me. But I realized that in trying to remain behind the curtain, I have unintentionally missed out on an opportunity to make a big deal out of God. So here it is, in plain words. On March 21, 2018, I went to the hospital, where a surgeon cut out my left kidney and gave it to a complete stranger. Why? Because I believe God wanted me to. That sounds crazy, I know. Maybe I am crazy after all. But let me explain. (Watch the video here, or read the full transcript below.) God created this insanely gorgeous and intricate world. Part of that world is us, the humans. I often marvel at how many things could go wrong in our bodies, but don’t. And … Read More

A Powerful Blessing To Pray For a New Baby

I often find myself praying blessings over babies, and I’d love to share this blessing with you. It’s perfect for a baptism/dedication, a birth, or anytime you want to pray God’s word over a baby! (You will probably notice it sounds a lot like Psalm 139. That’s because it’s basically a re-wording of it! That means you don’t need to pull up this blog post when you are ready to pray for a baby, you just need to pull out a Bible!) PS There’s 2 versions – I wanted to avoid having you read he/she all the time! MALE VERSION: I praise you God that You have searched _________, Lord,     and you know him. You know when _________ sits and when he rises;     you perceive his thoughts from afar, even though his thoughts are still unformed. You discern his going out and his lying down;     you are familiar with all his ways. … Read More

Teach Your Child Her Worth Using This Bedtime Ritual

bedtime ritual

It’s hard to imagine the depth of God’s love for us. When I think of how big the universe is, with billions of stars in each of the billion galaxies, it seems insane that the God who created all that could possibly care about me as an individual. And yet, he says he does. How can I communicate this lesson to my kids, when even when I, as a parent, can’t fathom it? Recently I read an article somewhere (eek! I can’t remember where) that made me think about how I present God to my kids. I have always tried to emphasize God’s love and grace because I know that it is God’s kindness that brings us to repentance, and his love that makes us want to love and seek after him. So I recently started sending my kids to sleep with this little ritual. Watch the video or read the transcript … Read More

How to help kids deal with anxiety, through faith

How to help kids deal with anxiety through faith

Do you have any kids that deal with anxiety? I do. It’s hard to watch your child struggle. Let’s talk about how to help our kids deal with anxiety through faith, and direct them toward peace. One of my boys has struggled with anxiety for several years. It’s hard for him to work in groups, it’s hard for him to go to school, and it’s especially hard for him to try new things. Watch the video (or read the transcript below) to find out how I’ve been helping him! If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. Make sure you hit “Subscribe” on YouTube or Like my Facebook page so you always know when a new episode comes out. Since he was born, I have been praying a blessing over him each night. When he started struggling with … Read More

How to teach kids about God’s love

Teach kids about God's love

One of my boys often wails that we don’t love him, or we don’t understand him. He’s really hard on himself, and I have no doubt that he will, at times, doubt God’s love for him too. He always says, “I’m bad, I’m bad,” when he makes a mistake. How do I, as a Christian mama, work through this? If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like my Facebook page so you’ll get notifications when new videos are up! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. You can find this book, “Never Too Little To Love” by Jeanne Willis on Amazon. (that’s a referral link, which means I get a small commission if you purchase through it. Thanks for supporting this ministry!) If you love the books I suggest, you can download my free list of the 10 best Christian … Read More

The 3 verse gospel

Share the gospel in 3 verses; includes printable posters!

I was sitting in the first row in my Invertebrates class at University, waiting for it to start. I have no idea why I sat in the front that day, normally being a back-row sitter. It must have been the fascinating subject material…I mean, jellyfish and crustaceans would certainly keep anyone on the edge of their seat. My lab partner came and sat next to me, and we started chatting. I don’t recall the subject of our discussion, except that she suddenly asked me THE question… “What do Christians believe anyway?” My heart stuttered, my mouth went dry. I had been a Christian most of my life, why was I suddenly panicking? I hastily drew a bridge on my notebook and went through the “bridge illustration” with her, but class was about to start. I’m pretty sure I told the whole thing in less than a minute (once I actually … Read More

How to love like Jesus (what would Jesus really do?)

I once heard a preacher man tell of Jesus’ great love for Peter. Peter, the man who stood within earshot and swore upside-down and sideways that he had never met the man he once called Lord. Peter, back to fishing soon after they murdered his heart’s disowned owner, turning back to the job he knew because the job he wanted had broken his heart. Peter, who awkwardly swam to shore, lungs burning, muscles aching, mind afire after a long night of staring into the fathomless depths of Galilee waiting for a bite. And when he got to shore, panting, dripping, heart knotted like a tossed-aside fishing net, he saw that the man he had cursed had breakfast ready. Fish and bread. The same meal the disciples twice passed out to impossible thousands of lost people, now offered to seven fishermen who forgot they were fishers of men, not fish. Jesus … Read More

What you’re really missing when you feel lonely

lonely hospitality

I never felt like I fit in at church. Most of the other kids went to the local Christian school, and I did not. Most of the other kids could answer any Bible question. I could not. I barely attended youth group because my introverted self always felt like I was on the outside of the group, looking in. Most of my church camp experiences were the same way. But I’ve realized something in the past few years. If you talk to almost anyone in the church, they will tell you that they feel like they aren’t in the “in” crowd. Even those people who you always see hobnobbing with others…even they will probably say that they feel a lack of depth, a lonely void that isn’t being filled. Some attribute this to the church spending too much time reaching out and not enough time “reaching in”. But it seems to me … Read More