For Now, We Groan

Those of you familiar with the challenges with my son with recognize the impetus for this next Desiring God article. We are all out-of-sync. Only Christ can heal our fractured hearts. For Now, We Groan: Finding Hope in a Fractured World 

Excellent Devotion for Healthcare Professionals Raising a Family

I receive a lot of questions from residents and medical students about the tension between work and family. The CMDA posted a devotion recently that poignantly and thoughtfully addresses this issue. Bottom line, we must always ask ourselves for *whom* we work and sacrifice. CMDA Nov 28 Devotion  

How Surgery Prepared Me (and Didn’t) for Homeschooling

In many ways, my career ill-equipped me for homeschooling. Surgery is all about protocol. In an emergency, when the blood pools on the floor, the blood pressure on the monitor drops, and panic swells in the room, surgical training teaches you to lean into procedure. You cut out the noise, ablate the chaos from your…

Hollowed Out, Crashing Down

A few weeks ago, a storm unexpectedly ravaged our corner of the country. It brought hurricane-force winds unannounced, ripping entire trees from their roots and pitching much of our area into cold and darkness for days. By God’s mercy, no one suffered injuries, even though trees cracked and precariously teetered over every street. The first…

Workplace Idolatry

My next Desiring God article will ruin my reputation. Which is precisely the point. Find it here: Idolatry at the Office: Confessions of a Workaholic

Hurry, Lord.

First Harvey floods Houston. Then Irma grinds her way through the Caribbean, reducing a chain of island paradises to rubble. Afterward, Maria pitches Puerto Rico into darkness. Now, New Orleans braces itself as Nate barrels toward the Gulf Coast. Earthquakes shatter Mexico, compelling frantic parents to search for their children under rubble. In Bali, residents…

The Gift of Mom Guilt

Is “leaning in” or “opting out” really the issue? Or does mom guilt alert us to something deeper? I explore this question in my next article, published this morning on CT Women. The Gift of Mom Guilt

The Wrong Question

“Mum, look! Boulders!” I chuckled to myself as both kids ignored the playground structure slick and glistening in the August sun, and instead darted for a series of rock formations. As their laughter intermingled with the rush of wind through the treetops, I reveled in how few bells, beeps, and whistles kids really need. Forget…

CMDA Podcast on Heart Issues in Medical School

I had the privilege of a discussion with Bill Reichert, the VP of Campus & Community Ministries at the Christian Medical and Dental Association, about how the stresses of medical school can threaten our walk in faith.¬† The podcast is now available on iTunes, as episode 11. God Desires Your Heart, Not Your Degree —…

Prayer Request for an Amazing Woman

God has blessed our family with unexpected fellowship this year, weaving amazing people from across the globe into our lives. One such friend from afar is Jan Smith. A homeschooling veteran and mom to three impressive women, Jan reached out without any prior connection to me to offer encouragement and mentorship. That she would offer…

Out of the Depths I Cry to You

My next article on Desiring God discusses how the Psalms offer hope when we need it most, yet are least able to grasp it: while struggling in the shadows of depression. Out of the Depths I Cry to You