Amazed by God in the Ordinary

It was 2 days after Christmas. Not the day after, when many shop to grab the deals that weren't deals before Christmas. No, this is the day after that day. The shelves and racks are nearly depleted. I don't like to shop; my daughter does. Shopping for me is a mission. Shopping for her is…

Now’s the time!

VBS. Christian camps. Mission trips.  From mid-August through May, many churches offer some type of Bible instruction for children either mid-week or on Sunday.  Our children have been blessed by all of the above... creative activities, high energy games, yummy food, cool teachers, funny presentations.  My guess is that most of us have volunteered in…

Believing

"For nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1.37)The angel Gabriel said this to Mary after telling her two amazing things - her elderly relative Elizabeth, who has been barren all her life, is 6 months pregnant and she (Mary) is going to bear the Son of God.  Mary, a teenager, believes.  She believes this is God's…

Real Progress

When I'm focused on me and my agenda, I tend to be impatient, inconsiderate and less affectionate.  Of course, I don't see this as I'm doing it.  Instead, I'm getting a lot done and enjoying this - because I'm doing what I want. Sometimes it takes days for me to see my behavior, and when I do…

When We Don’t Understand What the Potter is Doing

I'm still pondering Jeremiah 18:1-6. Like clay in the potter's hands, our children remain in God's hands.  Wherever they are, He's there.  And He's always at work in them, shaping them through the influence of other people, circumstances, and us. Has anyone ever tried to change you?  How well did that go? Our job is…

What do you say???

Do you use this prompter?!   I know those of us with older children remember it:  We’ve given, or someone else has given, our child something – a treat, a gift, a special activity. And we wait… hoping to hear those two words - “Thank you”.  We hope he’s going to say it because it’s in him,…