Because We Can’t Hit Rewind

Our words. Once they've left our mouth, they're out there. We can't pull them back in. There's no rewind button. So what can we do? We can take care of our heart. The place from which our words come. Every instance of pain we experience, God sees. Disrespect. Defeat. Discouragement. Rejection. Harsh words. He sees the wearing…

Crying To Be Heard

 I wish you could tell me what you need. Especially in the middle of the night, many times this was my thought when one of our babies cried and could not be soothed. I yearned to comfort them, to make it all better. Sometimes I would pray, "God, please help. You know what it is.…

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…

Why did I say that?

"The conversation was going fine - Why did I say that at the end?!" "Why did I have to have the last word?!" "Why didn't I just listen?!" None of these are my thoughts as the "unfortunate" words run out of my mouth.  Instead, self-righteousness, self-justification, judgement or pride won the moment - sadly.  It's…

“Do you like ‘dis one?”

Recently while browsing in a store I overheard a little girl say, "Mommy, do you like 'dis one?"  Her endearing tone intrigued me to glance her way, for which I was rewarded the precious view of her struggling to hold up a pocketbook for her mommy to consider.  The mom sweetly responded 'no', and their…

Our “Looks”

I like spy movies.  I think it's so cool the way they use technology to communicate with each other on a mission.  Sometimes I used to say to my husband, "I wish our children had earbuds like spies use.  Then we could tell them what they need to hear (in our opinion)."  I shared this…

A Fresh Approach

One Sunday we were at the dinner table at my parents' home.  My dad said to his then five-year old grandson who was more engaged in interacting with the family than eating his food, "If you clean your plate, you can have dessert."  Well, my mom is a great cook so anticipating Grandma's dessert got…