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
I saw a fascinating video the other day of Mayim Bialik, the famously crunchy, extreme-attachment-parenting mother with a phD and a Big Bang Theory cult following.  In the video, Mayim explains and defends her decision to stay at home with her children while they were young. What strikes...

Read more

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 14:02

YMHAB Podcast Season 2, Episode 1

Written by
Well, hello there! Remember us? This week we give a few life updates, plus one-ply toilet paper, a new season of parenting, and some thoughts about discouragement. Thanks for listening!

Authors: Melissa...

Read more

Monday, 26 August 2019 10:55

The Best Advice for a Pastor’s Wife

Written by
A couple of weeks ago I started feeling a little bit discouraged. A combination of factors related to our church were piling on in an unusually burdensome way, and I just felt like there was a huge weight on my shoulders. My husband Chad is pastor, a calling in both of our lives that we… [r...

Read more

Monday, 19 August 2019 12:26

The Blessing of Heaven as a Near Reality

Written by
Their ages: 94 and 84. They have been friends, Sunday school members, and sisters in the faith for years. And now they were saying goodbye. I stood aside with my children close and watched as these two dear women embraced. It was a happy day–a going away lunch as one sweet widow packed up...

Read more

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:57

The Time to Pray is Before the Shooting Starts

Written by
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend among Christians. We are not a praying people. Oh, we love the idea of prayer. We love sharing memes about it and ranting on social media about prayer in schools. We love organizing prayer vigils after some awful tragedy has struck. We follow the same...

Read more

Monday, 05 August 2019 13:59

A Cell Phone Agreement for the Christian Teen

Written by
After almost fifteen years, we are finally jumping into the world of cell phones with our first-born. As a follower of Christ and one who has seen the ways that cell phones can lead kids astray, change their priorities and personalities, and provide plenty of easy and “private” ways for...

Read more

Monday, 22 July 2019 15:38

I Deserve This: One of My Heart’s Favorite Lies

Written by
The world has watched it over and over again. US Women’s Soccer Co-Captain Megan Rapinoe stands with one leg propped on a railing, balancing the World Cup trophy on her bent knee. She holds a bottle of champagne and thrusts her chin in the air, loudly declaring behind pink sunglasses:...

Read more

Thursday, 11 July 2019 06:40

The Lord is Building This House

Written by
Today a friend of ours was on my mind. I don’t always do a good job of praying for those who come to my mind, even though I know I should. But, today I prayed for him. I know that he is facing a tough time at work, and I know he has a challenging… [read more]

Authors: Melissa...

Read more

Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:53

In Defense of Prudent Parenting

Written by
I’ve heard the argument many times through the years. “Cool” Christian parents love to use it. They have no problem with their kids watching television shows and movies or playing video games that are filled with profanity and vulgarity of all kinds, for this simple reason:...

Read more

Thursday, 06 June 2019 04:49

Why We Go to Church on Vacation

Written by
Today I found myself sitting down to make a list of all of the things that I’ll need to pack for our family of five for our upcoming vacation. We try to escape for a few days every summer, a chance for my pastor husband to get away, at least physically, from the demands of… [read...

Read more

Sunday, 12 May 2019 13:26

Mothers Don’t Get Days. We Get Moments.

Written by
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...

Read more

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:09

Check-up Questions for a Marriage Milestone

Written by
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...

Read more

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:27

When Others Fall

Written by
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...

Read more

Friday, 12 April 2019 06:20

A Picture of Joy (and Anguish)

Written by
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…...

Read more

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 02:19

A Tale of Two Bathroom Drawers

Written by
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...

Read more

Friday, 15 March 2019 08:26

God’s Glory May Be in the Scars

Written by
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.”...

Read more

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...

Read more

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 09:51

Why I See Bright Hope in Our Children’s Generation

Written by
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...

Read more

Monday, 18 February 2019 11:08

We’ll Give Up Everything But Our Entitlement

Written by
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...

Read more

Thursday, 31 January 2019 05:35

Raising Pro-Life Children in a Culture of Death

Written by
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...

Read more

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 09:55

Don’t Stop Discovering Your Spouse

Written by
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...

Read more

Sunday, 20 January 2019 07:26

My Husband, My Friend, My Brother

Written by
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...

Read more

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:38

Your Kids Do Think About You

Written by
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… [...

Read more

Monday, 07 January 2019 10:09

Don’t Look Away

Written by
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...

Read more

Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:33

My Most Shared Posts of 2018

Written by
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....

Read more

Page 1 of 3