7 Ways to Honor Your Mother-in-Law

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, many of us are thinking about the moms in our lives, especially our own mothers and our mothers-in-law. While many of us know our own mothers quite well and can think of numerous ways to honor them, sometimes it’s more challenging to think of ways to … [Read more...]

How to Have a Hospitality-Ready Heart

Last week we looked at some ways to have hospitality-ready homes. I mentioned several practical strategies, but one strategy—preparing to welcome guests with genuine enthusiasm—is not practical. Instead, it relates to the state of our hearts. In trying to prepare my heart for hospitality, … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Remember Names

I have such a hard time remembering names. I’ll sometimes know a person for weeks and have asked his or her name several times and still not remember! Though this seems like an inconsequential quirk, it’s something I’ve been working to change because I believe it really means something to a … [Read more...]

35 Encouragements Every Husband Would Love to Hear

The longer I’m married, the more I realize how much my words impact my husband. Even though “words of affirmation” isn’t one of his love languages, he still benefits from encouragements. Even the most simple of these can set a positive tone for his day and make him feel like a hero! I want to … [Read more...]

7 Things Christians Can Do To Promote Racial Unity

The Bible is clear that all mankind is made in the image of God and that He shows no partiality towards people of any race (Genesis 1:27, Acts 10:34-35, Romans 2:9-11). Despite this and years of hard work by individuals promoting unity and equality, there is still a lot of racial discord in our … [Read more...]

Why You Should Consider Donating Breast Milk

Being able to breastfeed my children is an incredible privilege. Breast milk is a very complex and beneficial substance that contains nutrients, growth factors, hormones, enzymes, and other substances that are immune-protective (source). Moreover, human breasts have the astounding ability to produce … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Cultivate Love for People

Sometimes I grow irritated with my fellow human beings after getting stuck in traffic or having to wait for a long time in a public place like the DMV or a doctor’s office. I see people acting rudely and without regard for others (e.g., cutting off other drivers when in a traffic jam, leaving trash … [Read more...]

Intentional Acts of Kindness

Something really sweet happened when I was grocery shopping with my daughters a few days ago. As we were exiting the store with a cart full of groceries, my 3-month-old decided she was uncomfortable and was going to let everyone know about it. Her cries continued to escalate as I arrived at … [Read more...]

Book Review: Under Our Skin

You’d have to be living with your head buried in the sand to be unaware of the racial tensions that Americans face today. In an attempt to deepen my understanding of these tensions, I recently read Under Our Skin, a book written by an NFL player and commentator on social media named Benjamin … [Read more...]

What to Include in a Care Package for a Loved One with a Chronic Disease

Living with a chronic disease means facing many challenges. These challenges go beyond the physical consequences of the disease (which are significant enough) and include financial hardships, anxiety, and feelings of isolation. My husband and I are quite familiar with these challenges because … [Read more...]