The Will: God’s, Ours and the Child’s

Wow! Thank you for your responses about Video #1 of "The Will: God's, Ours and the Child's". I know you're busy and have plenty of choices for how to spend your time.  You bless me. Even more, what's super exciting is how many of you shared that you're inviting others to watch the videos as…

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…

Smile the Extra Mile

There it is. That smile of his. That smile of hers. The genuine one that says  Right now, I'm good.  We're good.  My heart is full. Waving from the car, playing in the backyard, goofing off with friends, glancing up from a book or at the supper table. Receiving a smile from one of our…

A Tall Glass of Grace

Do you ever beat yourself up emotionally? I do. Even before I get out of the bed in the morning sometimes. I wake up and "it" comes to mind. That thing I did or said - again. "Guilty" pours over me like a film. The heaviness of being disappointed in me is almost suffocating. Lingering…

Learning to Participate Every Day

I've been reflecting more on John 2.1-11 and how God wants us to participate with Him through ordinary acts like pouring and serving water. Our opportunities to serve up water to our children contribute to a tremendous plan that God is working... Cuddled child in my lap. I read the Toddler Bible story. It's a new one for…

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…

Discouragement

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!" (Ps. 27.14) My kids don't listen to me.  Our child is being bullied.  We can't agree on anything...  Our son has stopped communicating with us.  Our daughter is depressed.  They fight all the time.  I think she has an…