The Greatest Inspiration to Obedience

Love is the greatest inspiration to obedience. I look over my life and see plenty of disobedience - toward my parents and then also toward God. I loved my parents and I knew they loved me. I love God and know he loves me. So, why did I disobey as a child and why do…

Hidden In Plain View

"I've already done one lap." I had just joined Ellison in the Bed, Bath and Beyond store. NOT his kind of store, but he had a gift receipt and wanted to use it before he moved to Mississippi. I was excited that he let me tag along. "I've already done one lap." He did not…

Praying and Saying

"I've said and done all that I know to say or do." "There's nothing else to do but pray..." "All I can do now is pray..." My words at low moments. Times when my eyes were on what I was not able to train or convince a child to do or stop doing. A lot…

Making Our Words Count

I was a school teacher for nine years.  I loved it.  It was stressful and challenging, yet very rewarding when I saw positive change in a student.  In my final four years I taught teenagers, all of whom had experienced years of academic failure.  Also, they'd received plenty of attention for inappropriate behavior and bad…

Loving Correction

A significant way to demonstrate our love to and for our children is correction. "A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by discipline." (Proverbs 13.24, The Message)Who would have ever thought that correction demonstrates love? But it does. It may not feel like love as we give it, and it probably won't…

Learning to Teach

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you." (Psalm 32.8) God does what He says. He teaches us the way - from the practical to the relational to the spiritual - while we live in this world. With a loving eye, He counsels us.  …

We’re Not So Different

"Lord, I'm sorry I raised my voice again today with the children." "Lord, I keep meaning to sit down and pray with you for a little while... "Lord, I did it again.  I know I need to hold my tongue sometimes, but..." We know. We know what we should do, and we know what we…