Lessons From Samson – A Bad Mom

In the opening lines of the story of Samson are two things that will encourage all of us as parents. Judges 13:2-3 relay the following:

“A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, ‘You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son.”

The first thing I found encouraging in the story of Samson’s parents is how Manoah is identified. “A certain man.” Manoah wasn’t identified as a rich man or an influential man. He wasn’t called an intelligent man or a good looking man. Nor was he called a good man or a spiritual man. He was  a certain man chosen by God. I am so thankful that the only prerequisite for being a parent Continue reading “Lessons From Samson – A Bad Mom”

Free From Fear

When I say that I know what it is to be bound by fear I don’t just mean that I know what it feels like to be afraid of things. I’m talking about, I was a grown woman, in my early twenties, married, and had two small children, and when the kids had been put to bed and the sun went down I would be curled up in the corner of my room in the fetal position absolutely terrified and paralyzed with fear. Now, almost two decades later, I’m free. The nightmares are gone. The terror is gone. The cowering in corners is gone. You want to know my secret? I’ll tell you. Continue reading “Free From Fear”