How Faith Impacted My Natural Childbirth

Written by: Chelsea McKinney A portion of this post originally appeared on the “And Then Life” Blog. Early on in my pregnancy I decided I wanted to experience natural childbirth. I wanted to do it for the typical reasons you hear—no unnecessary meds, faster recovery, and movement during labor. But more than anything, I honestly felt that women truly are …

Pregnant & Afraid: The Day I Started Talking to God Again

Written by Emily Music When I was a little girl, my bedtime prayer usually went something like this: “Dear God, thank you for this day. Thank you for mommy, daddy, nana, poppa, granny, papaw, the dog, the cat,” and the list would go on and on to include extended family, neighbors down the street, and occasionally my (favorite) Barbie dolls. …

The Most Important Words Your Child Needs to Hear

Written by Abbie Ginther When’s the last time you got REALLY excited about something? I’m not talking that rush when the Starbucks drive-thru is strangely quiet and you wonder if the rapture came and you’ve been left behind. I’m talking about the heart-pounding gasp of wonder that makes you want to shout, “Come and see!” My toddler feels this at …

3 Practical Ways to Teach Your Children About Faith

Faith—we all have it. And we all are teaching our children to have faith in someone or something whether we like it or not. In the mornings as you grumble and mumble incoherent babblings while groggily shuffling your feet toward the coffee maker . . . or as I like to call it, the happy, sunshine face maker, you demonstrate …

Why I Refuse To Teach My Children Religion

The most important fact you need to know about me above being a mom, wife, or writer is that I am a “Jesus freak.” All good DC Talk lovin’ 90s kids know exactly what I’m talking about. I believe in God and trust in what Jesus Christ did for me when he died a gruesome death on the cross. Call …

An Open Letter To My Children, The Preacher’s Kids

I get it. Growing up is tough. As your body goes through radical changes, so do your mind and emotions. One minute your biggest worry is wondering whether or not Mommy remembers that she promised you a cookie for snack time and the next you’re scared that no one will accept you if you don’t look or act hip cool …

A Christmas Prayer For the One Who Grieves At Christmastime

Oh Father, You see her tucked away in bed. While other children giggle and wriggle in anticipation that Ol’ St. Nick will soon be near, the only gift her heart desires this Christmas is for Mommy to give her just one more goodnight kiss. She needs You more than ever now. You see him lost and alone, drowning his sorrows in …

Who Christmas Is Not All About

Since the Christmas season is here again, my church’s choir performed its annual Christmas cantata. Every year Jesus’ birth is the center focus, but the themes of music and drama vary. This year’s cantata was titled “Breath of Heaven” and reminisced the story of Jesus’ birth from Mary’s point of view. Many Christians place Mary on a pedestal, imagining her …

To the One Who Falls Short of Perfection

I am a disaster—a giant tornado hopping kind of disaster. I really might be the worst mother and preacher’s wife you have ever met. I know that God has never EVER made a mistake, but every once in a while, I imagine God the Father nudging the Son and whispering, “Maybe we should have let that one cook a bit …