Dear Brave One, I know it’s confusing at times how someone you so wanted to admire and be able to be like in life has fallen so short of what you hoped. You longed for a strong father that others spoke highly of, that spent time with you, which others respected—so that you could learn from them… Continue reading To the Son Whose Father Won’t Love Him
Forgiveness is one of those elusive things in the faith that causes us to pause. We know that we are called to forgive. For some offenses, it seems fairly easy and understandable. But for others (and especially with people who show no remorse), it can feel impossible. But, the more I learn about and gain experience with forgiveness, the… Continue reading 6 Ways to Get Your Mind Around Forgiveness
Is everyone’s life picture perfect (except mine)? One look at social media would attest to that fact. Our feeds are filled with adoring spouses, doting grandparents, children who excel at impressive rates, beautifully maintained homes, dinners that rival a five-star restaurant, love stories that should be in the movies, vacations that I can only dream… Continue reading When Someone Else is Living the Life You Want
There’s no doubt about it: forgiveness is hard. When we are placed in the difficult predicament of forgiving someone who not only isn’t sorry for what they’ve done, but continues to stir up strife in our lives—it can feel infinitely harder. One of the most challenging things is seeing your ex for who they have become, not… Continue reading You Asked: How do You Show (and Feel) Forgiveness for an Ex Who Shows No Remorse?
Many single moms of faith come through the end of their marriage toting a little baggage behind them. (Mine was in a sparkly pink suitcase, in case you’re wondering.) If we haven’t done the hard work of working through all of it, it can pop up when we least expect it in moments of our… Continue reading Are You Expecting the Wrong Things from Men?
I used to be a very positive person. There have been times, in fact, when I’ve wondered if I was the annoying person who always pointed out the silver lining. The woman in the group of gossipers that took up for the disparaged. The one to find the good in every situation. You know, the… Continue reading Are You Nursing Negative Expectations?
It’s an unfortunate truth in society today: half of all children will go through the break-up of their family, and their parent’s divorce. Though it’s obviously not God’s ideal, it does happen, and needs to be approached with grace from those on the outside, as well as those on the inside. One of the biggest mistakes… Continue reading How to Talk to Your Kids About Divorce
One single mom asked: “How do I co-parent with my abusive ex, who manipulates my 10 and 12 year old?“ There’s something sinister that often happens when a marriage ends. One or both parties recognizes their loss of control over the other person and begins to attempt to regain that control—many of you are living with this—through manipulating… Continue reading You Asked: How Do I Co-Parent with an Ex Who Manipulates My Children?
One single mom asked: “How do I deal with a controlling ex who continues to abuse me mentally and tries to control me even though we’ve been split up over 6 years?” I’m starting a movement. And this is our mantra: We can’t control people. We can only control ourselves. It’s one of the hardest… Continue reading You Asked: How Do I Deal with an Ex Who Still Tries to Control Me?
One single mom asked: How do you get over the loss of not having that perfect family? It’s not what we dreamed of as little girls. When we thought of the ideal family situation—our perfect future family—we imagined things so differently. Parents who were deeply in love. Children who were happy and respectful. A home… Continue reading You Asked: How Do You Get Over the Loss of Not Having the Perfect Family?