It was the summer before my son's freshman year in high school, and he had one request of me: "Mom, can I join the football team?" With my whole heart I wanted to abruptly say, "NO!". I didn't want to deal with injuries, particularly head trauma. I didn't want to deal with the secular influence … Continue reading Allowing the Lord to Say No to Your Children
Waiting patiently has never been one of my best attributes. My trouble started early on. As a child, I always knew where my mother kept our Christmas gifts hidden, and I made it a point, with great regularity, to spy and peek at the stash. I simply could not wait until Christmas. When I was … Continue reading When Waiting on the Lord is Hard
For the past several days I have been contemplating the time that Jesus spent in the Garden of Gethsemane praying. I've been struck by the words that scripture uses to tell us about the emotions of that evening. I've combed through various Bible translations noting these words. I've read through the same account found in … Continue reading Following The Lord’s Will
I am prone to negativity. When my tongue is unrestrained it lends itself to complaining, biting sarcasm, and criticism. How's that for a dose of honesty? Similarly, my thoughts can easily meander down the same pessimistic path. I've needed to fess up to this less-than-Christlike attitude and confess it for what it is: sin. I … Continue reading Searching for the Silver Lining
Life has been busy and complicated of late. Seasons like this sprinkle the timeline of our lives like snow (sometimes like a blizzard). Busy doing what needs to be done...what has to be done. Running to and fro. Dealing with the challenges life has. Aging parents. Health concerns. The future. It seems as though everything … Continue reading Does God Have a Plan?
Our family has always enjoyed having a real Christmas tree in our home. There is just something about the fresh smell of pine that draws each of us in. We typically frequent a local garden center to select our tree. But one year we ventured out to a tree farm to cut down our own. … Continue reading When Christmas is Hard: Cobwebs and Christmas Trees
Life is uncertain. Changes and challenges often rattle us to the core with little or no forewarning. Sickness. Brokenness. Rebellion. They've all stepped over the welcome mat and entered into our lives as uninvited guests. They provoke us to fear and anger, bring disappointment and doubt, and cause us to fret and worry. Can there … Continue reading Experiencing Peace In Times of Uncertainty