Helpful Bible Resources

    Bible Study Resources

    Here is a round-up of helpful Bible resources I have collected over the past few years. I hope some of these articles and tools help increase your joy in God’s Word…

    10 questions to ask yourself on your birthday or at the start of a new year…

    The slacker’s Bible reading plan

    A two-year Bible reading plan with catch-up days built in…

    How to help your child study God’s Word

    12 gospel passages for meditation

    How long it actually takes to read each book of the Bible

    A catechism for young children

    Write the Word journal…

    My very favorite Study Bible

    And a gorgeous journaling Bible


    How {not} to potty-train…


    Zianne is officially potty-trained… mostly.

    Except that she still has accidents a few times a week. And sometimes she goes into the bathroom to use the toilet and somehow pees all over the floor instead. And she sleeps in a diaper at night.

    Many moms might rave about the three-day method of potty training, but I’m here to tell you about the 63 day method…

    Potty-training is hard. And tiring. And I don’t believe children actually potty-train in three days. Maybe yours did, but I don’t think most do.

    We did the whole stay-at-home-for-three-days thing. It went fine. I think most children, if they are old enough, can get the hang of the toilet in three-ish days. But then we ran into a problem… I had to go places. We were taking a weekend trip to Arizona. We brought the little potty and kind of used it while we were there. Then we came back home and I still had to go places… you know, like the gym and the grocery store. We needed to eat. So then I used pull-ups for a week or two, so I wouldn’t go insane. Then my mom came to visit and said pull-ups were confusing Zianne, so we stopped using them. The next day Z did her first outing in underwear… one hour at the library with grandma. It was a success. This only happened because I had extra adult assistance.

    Now I would say Zianne is 90% potty trained. We are done with the little potty. She can go on the big toilet by herself. She only drips pee on the toilet 80% of the time. She only pees on the floor around the toilet about once per week. She poops on the potty unless she’s swimming. If we swim, there will be some kind of accident. I’ve actually considered writing “clean poop out of swimsuit” into my weekend schedule. Z wears underwear during her nap, but I still put her in a diaper at night. Up until this week, she was almost always dry in the morning, so I ditched the night diaper. She wet the bed. Two nights in a row. Now she is back in a diaper and it’s soaking every morning. I don’t know…

    But I do know this… anyone who says “You should potty-train before your next baby comes!” or “Won’t it be so nice not to have two in diapers?” is crazy. Do you know what’s much harder than having two in diapers? Potty training. Because now I have only one in diapers and that sweet little baby has to suffer through potty-training with us. She hangs out in the shopping cart by herself, while I stand in the bathroom doorway at the back of the grocery store, trying to keep my eye on both kids at once. Talitha has been set down on the floor of the public bathroom in extreme emergencies. It’s a painful confession, but what else is a mom to do?

    I have no advice on how to potty train. In fact, what I’ve written here is probably everything you should NOT do. But when it comes down to it, my daughter is 90% potty trained. It only took two months, but if this were potty-training school, that would be an A-. Seems respectable enough to me…


    Saturday Snippets

    4th of July

    A behind-the-scenes look at how Sarah Koenig created Serial

    The new love dare

    Love this drop-waist dress

    Why we must apply a deep understanding of Scripture to our perspective on American politics

    Some wisdom on confronting shame in marriage

    I’ve heard great things about these patches for skin blemish woes

    We should not be parenting out of fear

    My book club is currently reading

    Speaking of rad book clubs

    The veil on Angie’s List has been lifted…

    Some wisdom on how poor gender theology is harming the church

    Moms should get involved in the “pornography talk…”

    cute top on sale…

    In case I ever write an ebook

    Not that I need more temptation to shop online

    A radically different lock screen