Passionate Pursuit {day 27}: Growing Up

When our child is a baby, we can't get enough of him. All is new, fascinating. There aren't enough hours in the day to absorb the preciousness. Fascination comes with every year. His words, physical development, reasoning, personality, abilities and interests and decision-making.  We spend time together. Wanting to know him... to understand him. Our…

Passionate Pursuit {day 26}: The Surpassing Worth

I know who she is... she works at the school and has 2 little boys. I know her... she's dependable. We know the difference between knowing about someone and truly knowing the person. For instance, we know about our child - hair color, height and weight, current abilities and activities. The facts. But to truly…

Passionate Pursuit {day 25}: Getting Answers

I.DON'T.KNOW.WHAT.TO.DO.... We whisper, whimper, cry or scream these words from time to time. Exasperated, discouraged, afraid, fretting, worn down, or stressed out. We're not supposed to have all the answers - or even a lot of the them. Every answer we need, God has. We're not gonna know the best thing to do - in…

Passionate Pursuit {day 24}: Loved Thoroughly

"...for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye..." (Zechariah 2.8b) You and me. We're the apple of God's eye. Really. "...the LORD's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage. He found him in a desert land, in the howling wast of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him…

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…

Passionate Pursuit {day 21}: Belief Builds

"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen." (Ephesians 3.20-21) Do we believe this? Or hope it's true. ... that God is…

Passionate Pursuit {day 20}: Becoming Better

"...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control..." Becoming a mom exposed HOW weak I am in all these traits. The first time I read this verse depressed me. I couldn't pick even one that I felt I was doing fairly well. Failing miserably, often hurting those I love…