Prayer for New Beginnings

Is a new beginning in front of you? New beginnings occur daily. We start a new job or gain more responsibilities, move in to a new apartment or house, move to a new city, start dating someone or become single again, get married, or have a baby. If you're a mom, a big part of…

When Things Are a Mess

My house is a mess. Every.single.room. Even the hallways. The stairs are lined with things that need to go up. Every flat surface has stuff on it. I'm ready to be finished. But it takes time. Bringing disorder to order. And it's not the only thing going on right now. But isn't that always the way?…

When Complaining is Drenched by Grace

The process of moving seems to stir my weaknesses to resound: These days complaining holds first place.  Mostly, in my thoughts, often through sighs and moans, sometimes to God, and too often, to my very patient husband. Sometimes I sound like our children when they were younger, "Why do I have to ..." "I'm tired…

When Our Plan Changes

"So what's the plan?" Over the past few weeks, each of our kids has asked us this. We're moving again. Packing up.  Saying good-bye to friends. A change of plan, the unexpected. We didn't see it coming. I'm glad nothing takes God by surprise. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,     neither are…

Unexplainable Love

We found our way to the airport gate.  Anticipation building, Terrell and I watch for our daughter, who's living on another continent, to come around the corner.  I've grown to understand my mother's words:  Distance makes the time apart feel longer. As I glimpsed her face, emotion overtook me.  I jumped up and down and…

I Don’t Like Her Decision

I only play the piano because you want me to. I'd like to stop my lessons soon. I've decided I'm not going out for the tennis team again. It takes too much of my time. We broke up; I told him I don't feel the same way anymore. I wanna grow my hair long like all…

Where does the time go?

This time last year our oldest son moved out, heading to medical school.  As we loaded the U-Haul and followed him down the highway, my mind kept returning to, "He's really moving this time..."  I was excited for him, yet I knew this was a significant season marker for me, too.  More than the obvious. What I knew…