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…

Fruit Sweeter Than You Hoped For

Raising children is hard work. Some days are easy, encouraging and fun. Many zap our strength, rattle our confidence and tempt us to doubt our objectives, strategies and capabilities. We're imperfect, learning-as-we-go moms pouring into imperfect, absorb-it-when-I'm-ready children. ...Do you ever wonder about the outcome of your efforts? I sure did. Am I wasting my time? My…

Celebrate Growth

It's summertime in Houston, Texas, and it is hot. However, this season yields my favorite fruit - peaches, watermelon, nectarines - yum! I'm so grateful for the faithful farmers who caringly provide these farm to table treats for me. I say that, but seldom do I really think about what they do. Each season the outcome…

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…

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…