The Mommy Minute

Sing to Me

Three years ago, a miracle was born. I prayed that she would sing. Before she was born, before she was even conceived—I prayed that God would give her the gift of melody. I’d had a dream of a young girl with a powerful voice. When she sang, men cried and women would fall to their […]

A Tale of a Lost Sheep and Some Wolves

Scripture tells us an odd story of a loving shepherd who had a hundred sheep, but one went missing. And this shepherd does something crazy. He leaves the 99 and goes in search of the one. It seems reckless, doesn’t it? Reckless and unwise. Why isn’t he satisfied with the 99 he has? Why aren’t […]

Daddy’s Girl

My two-year-old toddler has an obsessive attachment to her dad these days. When he’s walking, she’s by his side. When he’s sitting, she’s crawling all over him. When he leaves the room for just a second, a pathetic cry can be heard throughout the house . . . “Daddy! Where’s . . . daddy? Where’s […]

The Sound of Regret

There is a sound in ice hockey that makes the die-hard fan wince in pain, wishing that the gods of sport had shown an extra inch of favor. It is the telltale ping of a puck hitting the post of the goal. Often times, the precision shot flies so fast that you can’t see it, […]

A Fresh Faith

My son got saved at church last Sunday. After a passionate sermon and a moving invitation, I peeked over just in time to see his hand shoot up. I didn’t write down the date, though. He got saved the week before that, and the week before that, and a few weeks before that. We’ve gotten […]

A Someday Christmas

I was watching an episode of Victoria on Masterpiece Theatre earlier this year and one scene really got under my skin. The young and vibrant queen was trying to persuade an old colonel to serve on one more mission, one more assignment for the crown. He was honored, but he refused and hobbled out of […]

Halo House

We pulled into the driveway, covering the last few feet uphill on our 2300-mile trek to Texas and back. Our vacation to see family was a fun-filled food-a-rama, but we are spent like a well-worn wallet—which was certainly worn well on this trip. All we wanted was a home-cooked meal and a familiar bed after […]