Beautiful You

When I go to a wedding, my favorite moment is when the groom sees his bride before she walks up the aisle to him. Sometimes his eyes brim with tears, or he works to manage emotions bursting inside him, or he takes a deep breath that seems to convey his overwhelm by this gift that…

Gaining a Child’s Respect

A few years back I asked Mom what she remembers of the hard parts of raising my 3 brothers and me. She didn't hesitate and said, "Y'all are wonderful. I couldn't be prouder. I only have good memories of each one of you." It wasn't the answer I expected. Her memories of me are better…

Character Counts

Last week our church held Vacation Bible Camp. I had a blast co-leading the Games Station outside. It was tremendously fun being a child with the children. I think all the adult volunteers had fun playing those four days. We were pirates...aargh! It was most fascinating to witness character growth among the children from one…

Passionate Pursuit {day 20}: Becoming Better

"...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control..." Becoming a mom exposed HOW weak I am in all these traits. The first time I read this verse depressed me. I couldn't pick even one that I felt I was doing fairly well. Failing miserably, often hurting those I love…

Passionate Pursuit {day 11}: Changed

You're different.  You've changed... in a good way. Ever thought or said that about someone? I like to think my kids have thought this about me over the years... since they've certainly seen me at my worst - more times than I could count. I wish it didn't take my ugliest moments to grab my…

Passionate Pursuit {day 1} : Knowing God

I'm kinda scared to be a mom.   I didn't handle that too well. I hope I survive this. I really feel alone among my friends who are moms. I had no idea this could be so hard. Being a mom IS hard. And being a mom is FULL OF WONDER. We didn't make ourselves…

Meanwhile, We Pray

When our children were really young, a mom of teens shared, "I pray almost every day for each of our children's mate." Silently I thought, Well, that's a good prayer. But that's a long way down the road. I'll add it later. My mind already overflowed with prayer needs for the current season—Potty-training .. sharing…