Thank you…

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the… Continue reading Thank you…

Faith, Guilt, Just for Laughs, parenting, Surviving Adultery and Divorce, temptation

Lessons from a Loogie

Several years ago, I took my kids to the local amusement park. One of their favorite rides is known as the Schooner. It’s a large ship with rows of seats. It swings back and forth like a pendulum, going higher and higher. My kids love to be in the very top row of seats. On… Continue reading Lessons from a Loogie

Bible Gateway, promises, Surviving Adultery and Divorce, temptation, Waiting

Forbidden Fruit

I remember when my husband first confessed to me that he had an attraction to another woman. I responded, “Temptation is not a problem. It’s what you do with that temptation.” At that time, we sought counseling. I allowed him to talk about his feelings openly, acting as a counselor to him myself. I did… Continue reading Forbidden Fruit

consecrate, parenting, prayer, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

Raising Boys in Purity

Being a single mom is tough. It means carrying the entire load on your own shoulders. There’s no one to help make decisions, no one to share the burdens of raising kids. It is non-stop activity, trying to juggle the schedules of multiple children and figuring out how to get everyone where they need to… Continue reading Raising Boys in Purity

Guilt, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

To Reconcile…Or Not (Part 2)

As I said, I am going to attempt to dive a little deeper into this topic. I have written and rewritten this post multiple times in the last few days. To be honest, I’ve gone from downright angry to attempting to be firm yet gracious. I only hope that comes across in my words. Since… Continue reading To Reconcile…Or Not (Part 2)

Forgiveness, Surviving Adultery and Divorce

To Reconcile…Or Not

Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?” “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and… Continue reading To Reconcile…Or Not

About Dena, parenting

Leading My Children

Fifteen years ago today (July 8, 1999), I was eight months pregnant with my first child. I had been put on bedrest a few weeks earlier as the doctor watched my blood pressure go up and my blood counts go down. Around noon, my doctor called me personally—never a good sign. “I think I’m going… Continue reading Leading My Children

About Dena, Dating, Just for Laughs

Single…And Hating It!

I am single…and hating it! I’m sure there are many singles who would say they hate it. They would tell about the loneliness. They might tell you how they long to have someone with whom to share their hopes and dreams. Or, maybe they would talk about the longing for a companion, someone with whom… Continue reading Single…And Hating It!

Faith, parenting

In Over My Head

One thing has become abundantly clear to me in the last few weeks: I am totally and completely unequipped to raise teenage boys. I find myself questioning if God knew what He was doing when He allowed me to become a solo-parent to two boys. I don’t understand all these boy things, and I am… Continue reading In Over My Head

Faith, parenting

Waving the White Flag

Surrender… To quit. To cease fighting. To give up or hand over typically on compulsion. To cease reistance to an enemy or opponent. Surrender to God… To cease resistance to the authority of God. To abandon oneself entirely to God’s plan. To yield to the power, control or possession of God. Surrender is often a… Continue reading Waving the White Flag