Brenda blogs weekly on life, faith, and parenting beyond the storybook image here at Life Beyond the Picket Fence Blog. She also writes for 10 to 20 Parenting and Whatever Girls. Join her and the not-so-perfect community by subscribing at Life Beyond the Picket Fence.
There’s a Martha in all of us, but those list makers are not second rate to Mary. Learn about Katie Reid’s new book Made by Martha and enter to win a copy!read more
My family and I recently returned from a mission trip in Monterrey, Mexico, where our daughter, Jenna, is a full time missionary. She went on a mission trip her junior year in high school and spent Christmas Day at an orphanage in Mexico. When I read her senior...read more
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 We walked through the children's home on a prayer walk, being instructed on how to pray at the various locations: the entrance of the home, the playground, the library, the toy room, and the rooms for the...read more
Certain moments are sacred and holy, and the depth of the experience cannot be expressed. But the Holy Spirit speaks for us when we can’t on our own.read more
I met Bekah Shaffer at a speaking conference last year. As I learned more of her journey, I asked her to write a post for you. Her words are important. I learn a lot from her commitment to God. I'd love to hear what you learn from her story: From Bekah. My husband and...read more
It’s sneaky and subtle, but it’s easy to idolize your children, putting them in a position above God. Here are ten identifiers that indicate you may worship and enable your kids.read more
May is a hard time for moms of seniors. Graduation is a rite of passage for your student, but also for you. Here’s why little things like a form letter brings you to tears.read more
This week I turn 50. Ministry is full right now, so I'll be concise about 49 significant things I've learned in 49 years of life. Here you go. 49 Life Lessons Life is short. As Tim McGraw says, "Life like you were dying." It's what I taught my history students. Life...read more
Believing the unseen is one of the hardest things a Christian can do. It’s called faith and it is more of a head game than a heart game. Here’s what it looks like to step out in faith.read more
Words are important. Saying you’re raising “good kids” has multilayered connotations. Join author Melanie Mock in exploring the problem with good kids and enter a drawing for her new book, “Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else.”read more
No matter how young or old your kids are, we moms secretly have expectations. Here are 20 truths about your kids growing up, especially during the fledging years.read more
I'm excited to introduce you to Kate Motaung and share a giveaway of her new book "A Place to Land." It's an amazing memoir that will resonate with you. Here's a parenting connection she made with principles from Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind....read more
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