But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Your Mom Has a Blog - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 12 May 2019 13:26

Mothers Don’t Get Days. We Get Moments.

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I could fill the world with books about the moments I’ve had as a mother. Seconds exchanged, glimpses of the glories of God found in the faces of the three children that I love most. Moments. Just passing, casual, regular minutes that burrow themselves into my heart, flashes of life so real...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:09

Check-up Questions for a Marriage Milestone

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When I was younger I tried to imagine what it would be like to be married for twenty years. I blinked, and then it was here. Twenty years of laughing, arguing, being annoyed, being annoying, winking across rooms, learning, growing, and changing, always changing. When milestones approach, we all...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:27

When Others Fall

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Too often as Christians we have a tendency to feel a strange sense of pride when we hear that a fellow Christian has fallen into sin. We share prayer requests for Christians who are caught up in disobedience, and we shake our heads with concern, inwardly judging that we are doing better than that...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 06:20

A Picture of Joy (and Anguish)

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People often don’t believe me when I say that I was in labor for 30 hours with my first child. But, I was there. I fully experienced every single one of the 1,800 or so minutes that finally, finally led up to the birth of our long-awaited precious daughter. I had never birthed a child…...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 02:19

A Tale of Two Bathroom Drawers

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The first sign that Chad and I were basically incompatible came in the form of closets. We had been married for a couple of months, and I felt that he was obsessive about his closet. He cleaned it out once a week or so, taking out excess hangers, making sure that all of the clothing… [read...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 08:26

God’s Glory May Be in the Scars

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She’s a petite woman with a penchant for wearing sparkles. Chad and I first met her out in East Texas when she would arrive with gusto at different community events, her husband and daughter smiling behind her while she invariably grinned in her honest way and “told a funny.”...

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Oh, Momo. I’ve grown weary of the outrage and the panic and the shock over this overblown and not all that impactful scary monster of the internet. If you are shocked by the notion of Momo, then there is a whole wide world of truly terrifying things on the internet that are going to...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 09:51

Why I See Bright Hope in Our Children’s Generation

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This weekend I spoke at a retreat for preteen girls. We didn’t talk about modesty or boys or makeup tips. We didn’t discuss friendship or time management. Instead we spent the day dwelling on the absolute, perfect truth of God’s word. We talked about the Bible as the authority for...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 11:08

We’ll Give Up Everything But Our Entitlement

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I spend a lot of time thinking about the future of Christianity. I think about the coming days of the country that I live in, and I wonder what we will be called to suffer through as our culture turns more and more anti-Christian and anti-Bible. I often pray that my family and I will… [read...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 05:35

Raising Pro-Life Children in a Culture of Death

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The latest sound bytes coming out of New York and Virginia have caused most of us terrible grief, as we look up from our day-to-day lives and recognize that our country really has turned into a culture of death. So many facets of our society proclaim that human life isn’t worth much, but none...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 09:55

Don’t Stop Discovering Your Spouse

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Chad and I talk a lot. After twenty-four years of being friends, and twenty of those years living under the same roof,  you would think that we know just about everything about each other. You might assume that we’ve heard every story and can easily predict each other’s reactions...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 07:26

My Husband, My Friend, My Brother

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Today is Chad’s 44th birthday. Sometimes it takes my breath away, how quickly that our life is flying past. I remember exactly how I felt about life back in 1995 when I first laid eyes on him. He was young and unsure and I was naive and cautious. We struck up an unlikely friendship...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:38

Your Kids Do Think About You

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This morning I opened the door to my shower and turned the hot water all the way up. I stood there in my fuzzy robe, bleary-eyed and weary before the day had even really started and sighed deeply, wishing that I could go back to bed for a couple of hours. Then something undeniably cheery… [...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 10:09

Don’t Look Away

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I have been a part of my husband’s family for twenty years. I remember one night years ago before we all had kids, when Chad’s siblings and his parents and I were sitting around telling stories. Somehow a hilarious tale came up about some high school rebellion or other that had never...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:33

My Most Shared Posts of 2018

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Thanks so much for following along this year on the blog! Things were a little different around here this year due to not one, but TWO month-long podcasting marathons, plus a pretty cool job writing Sunday school curriculum for Lifeway. Oh, and that whole pastor’s wife and mom of three gig....

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I want you to know something about training up children in the way they should go: it’s hard. It’s at the same time the greatest joy and a constant source of heartache. While you may see your child soaring spiritually, growing in the Lord every day, knowing Him more and loving Him more...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 07:48

A Fun Book to Add to a Child’s Stocking (a Book Review)

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As a first grader, Emerald LOVES reading of all kinds. We’re in that phase of life where she reads every sign we pass on the road, every package at the store, and one of her favorite parts of the day is sitting down to read a book at bedtime. The other night we sat down… [read more]

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Monday, 10 December 2018 22:31

The Complicated Calling of a Pastor

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Today Chad and I drove across the wide open spaces of our part of Texas, sometimes chatting amiably, sometimes watching the scenery go by in silence. He spent time listening to speculation about his beloved Dallas Cowboys on sports radio while I dozed in the passenger seat. And at one point we...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 14:21

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 114

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This is it! Day 30 of 30 Days to a Deeper Connection in Your Marriage. In this episode: Thinking about how your marriage will end.

Authors: Melissa...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:33

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 113

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This is episode 29 of 30 Days to a Deeper Connection in Your Marriage. In this episode: We couldn’t talk about 30 aspects of marriage without addressing sex. Don’t listen to this one with smaller children in the room! 

Authors: Melissa...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 12:21

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 112

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This is day 28 of 30 Days to a Deeper Connection in Your Marriage. In this episode: Unrealistic expectations.

Authors: Melissa...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 13:42

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 111

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This is day 27 of 30 Days to a Deeper Connection in Your Marriage. In this episode: Expressing love without fear.

Authors: Melissa...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 12:09

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 110

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This is day 26 of 30 Days to a Deeper Connection in Your Marriage. In this episode: Forgetting about what’s fair.

Authors: Melissa...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 13:07

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 109

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This is day 25 of 30 Days to a Deeper Connection in Your Marriage. In this episode: The trouble with idolizing each other.

Authors: Melissa...

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 12:17

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 108

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This is day 24 of 30 Days to a Deeper Connection in Your Marriage. In this episode: Dealing with baggage.

Authors: Melissa...

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