Passionate Pursuit {day 19}: Blessed by Jealousy

He got more than me. I didn't get to play with it as long as she did. Even as toddlers, our children compared what they received. From the amount of ice cream in their bowl to sharing a new toy. We want more. We want the most. We want what we don't have. Have you…

Passionate Pursuit {day 18}: A Personal Testimony

Today I'm thrilled to introduce my daughter Cecilia as a guest blogger. Enjoy! I’ve been a Christian for the majority of my life. I was raised in a Christian home, attended church, Sunday school, youth group, all the works. To be honest, by the time I got to college, my faith looked great from my…

Passionate Pursuit {day 17}: Strength

When our sons were in high school, lifting weights was a discipline they enjoyed, as athletes and for personal conditioning. Some days they came home excited about a new capacity they'd realized. I, on the other hand, have always been wimpy at lifting weights. Proud if I lifted my 10-pound hand weights 20 times without…

Passionate Pursuit {day 16}: Living Well

When our children are little, they readily absorb tons from us. What we teach, what they hear and see. Living together speeds their learning process as they watch. listen. apply. learn over and over again. They abide. Dwelling with us, they learn our ways. They're learning to live the way we live. As they get…

Passionate Pursuit {day 14}: Our Constant

When we tell You we're sorry and ask for Your help, and then do the same wrong-thing within an hour... When we ask for Your forgiveness, yet struggle to forgive someone... When we stare temptation in the face, and don't turn our heart away... YOU REMAIN WITH US. YOU NEVER LEAVE US. Every thought and…

Passionate Pursuit {day 13}: Mood Makeover

Whoa, he's in a bad mood. Watch out, she's in one of her moods. I've said it - and I'm confident my children have thought or said it about me. The comment warns. A bad mood can sour the atmosphere in a room, in the car, at the supper table, on a family outing. Not…

Passionate Pursuit {day 12}: Music

Our family loves music. The menu is broad; our tastes varied and overlapping. When our children were little, Christian children's music entertained them during car rides and trips. Singing with their chins raised high like baby birds, their interpretations of the songwriter's words made me smile. As they got older, their preferences broadened. Some days…