Five Ways to Help Children Fight Fear

Five Ways to Help Children Fight Fear

I clung to my mother, nearly breaking skin as I sunk my fingers into her arm. Trembling, heart pounding, terrified, I buried my face into her lap. She sat helplessly, stroking my hair and talking softly to me until I grew calm.

The source of my terror? Absolutely nothing.

Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

My husband and I often don’t see eye to eye. After 31 years of marriage, you’d think that we would have figured out how to navigate our differences. We do love each other. We both have come to understand, by God’s grace, that love is not a feeling but a choice. People who don’t have that figured out don’t last 31 years...

The Guilt and Grace of Christmas Giving

The Guilt and Grace of Christmas Giving

There is a sliver of me that doesn’t want to give any gifts this Christmas—at least not to my family. It’s not because I don’t think they deserve gifts, or that they’ve been “bad” in some way. I have a wonderful family. And I love giving them presents.

It’s just that part of me wishes Christmas was a bit different than what it’s turned out to be...

Hope Breaks Through Heartache

Hope Breaks Through Heartache

My husband and I have a prodigal.

She came to us when she was nine, and left us just before her eighteenth birthday. We were certain (and still are) that God brought her to us. She was alone in the world. A literal orphan. Her mother died when she was six. Her father was incarcerated. Her extended family couldn’t care for her. I noticed her because of her beauty — impossibly huge brown eyes, a wavy chestnut pixie cut that framed her innocent face, and a confident countenance that defied her inner turmoil, a turbulence birthed through years of trauma and abandonment. It didn’t take long for God to show us that she belonged in our family...

Crucial Elements of a Christian Philosophy of Education

Crucial Elements of a Christian Philosophy of Education

Philosophy would have us think on the deepest possible levels of our existence and that of the world. Literally the love of wisdom, Philosophy exhorts us to learn, and learn some more the core and basic nature of our purpose. Historically, this lofty exhortation has been relegated to the greatest minds. Locke, Epicurus, Aquinas, Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, and others have sought to explain man, his nature, and his existence. They searched, they debated, and they wrote; and the masses read. The winds of intellectual thought, available knowledge, and the prevailing school of thought at the time, blew through these great minds to arrive at truths that were sometimes true, but often times folly at the hands of brilliance; a true chasing after the wind...

The King of Every Subject — Even Math

The King of Every Subject — Even Math

Two weeks ago was my first day of school, for the fiftieth time — my thirty-second as an educator. Twenty-eight of those years I spent teaching in public school, and the last three in the Christian school where my husband and I sent our children.

Unlike many Christian schools, this particular one goes beyond tacking a few Bible classes onto their classical curriculum. Here, the Bible is the heart of the curriculum. Every day, in every subject, in every class, the students are taught that God is the Creator of every bit of information. Teaching at this school goes past merely imparting knowledge. The goal is to use the subjects as vehicles to behold the glory of Christ...

From Liberal Church to Greater Love

From Liberal Church to Greater Love

If the doors of St. Luke’s were open, we were there. While the men had their meetings and the women worked their sloppy-joe magic in the church kitchen, we kids played in the bowels of the church basement, losing ourselves in exploration, ping-pong, and hide-and-seek. We were (fairly) careful not to disturb Mrs. Scheffer’s felt board and puppets. And it was awfully fun to play the old pump organ downstairs in the Primary Room...