Tending Our Heart to Love Theirs

You love your child a bunch, more than you can put into words. You know there's a big age and maturity difference between you. You even "get" why he does or says some things. So why is it that we react critically, or even meanly, sometimes, yet other times we don't? The short answer is…

Learning, in the Meanwhile

As 5 and 6 year-olds, Terrell and Ellison were best buddies but they had their share of fights, too. When they fought, Terrell or I required they reconcile by apologizing, asking for forgiveness and giving forgiveness, in turn. They knew the routine and obeyed, though sometimes begrudgingly. Yes, this was exhausting!  But it paid great dividends…

The Power of Forgiveness

Terrell and I love our children and they love us; we actually like each other a lot, too. But, over the years we haven’t seen eye to eye on all things - like nap times, meal choices, clothing and hair preferences, who sits where in the car, whose turn it is for anything, house rules…

Passionate Pursuit{day 10}: Relationships

Holy God, show me how to have relationship in this season with each of my children. My prayer for many years. Being humbled more times than I could count, I've learned that my behavior and emotions can be as unpredictable as any of my children's. Looking back, I don't think they premeditate their behaviors and…

Living FREE

I regret not spending more time.... I've been handling her disrespect the wrong way. I wish I could undo the damage I've done. The things I said... still play over and over in my mind. Regret. A familiar fork-in-the-road of everyday life. One road leads to captivity. Holding on to our regret... it begins to…

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…

A Clean Slate

You wipe the slate of my heart clean over and over again, God.  I don't deserve it.  Never could I begin to count the number of times You have forgiven me.   Father, You are SO patient with me!  SO merciful.  Why?  For love.  You love us with a depth that is unfathomable to us. You…