Prayer That Impacts Our Perspective

When I was growing up, Mom or Dad usually said "the blessing," a rote prayer, before supper. Sometimes Dad told one of my three brothers or me to say it. Being kids, we flew through it so we could eat. And then one day Dad instructed the four of us to each write multiple prayers…

Perspective for Your Right-Now Season

“They grow up so fast.”  Whenever someone said this to me, I paused for a second, thinking, I should probably appreciate her well-intended words.  But silently I reacted, Right now, it’s not going fast enough.  Days can be long.  Hard seasons feel endless. Mothers on the other side of our current season look in their rear…

Passionate Pursuit {day 22} : Giving Thanks Before We Have the Outcome

One Sunday about 30 minutes before the worship service, 3 little girls walked over to me as I finished putting out name tags and pens. "Can we help you?" Wishing I had even 1 small task, I admitted I was finished. "But, I'm getting ready to sit over here and pray to Jesus for a…

Things I Learned in August

Another month passed. It's September. Wow! What'd you learn in August? Funny things, little things and the meaningful. I'm joining Emily Freeman at Chatting at the Sky to share what I learned. Won't you join us? Some things I learned in August... 1. I like figs. I'll be honest, the name made me think they wouldn't…

When Worry Turns Our Head

"This little one is due in October, so I'm trying to spend extra time with the girls. I'm nervous about having 3 children." "He just started middle school. I'm more concerned about the social aspect than the academics." "We're trying a new school; she was being bullied at her old one. Hopefully, she'll make a…

A Gripping Moment

In thanksgiving for our soldiers and veterans... When my husband and I arrived at our gate at the airport, three others were there, notably a young Marine in full dress uniform. I glanced at him periodically wondering, "Is he heading home or reporting back to duty...?" He seemed restless. I was struck by how young…

Gratitude on Display

I wonder what went through their little minds.  Actually, I wonder what goes through their grown-up minds now... Maybe they'll tell me after they read this! From the time our children were toddlers and still today, I intentionally thank God out loud for ways I recognize Him moving... Like when they were little and it…