The Solution To The Problem

But it (the house) did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.        Matthew 7:25

Gospel-Reflections-800x800-gold-outlineI coached my daughter’s Destination Imagination (DI) team this year. DI is a problem solving program that incorporates engineering, drama, and team work. At each practice, I would have the kids solve a timed Instant Challenge (IC): some problem that needed to be solved in eight minutes or less. The majority of the IC’s required building.

It was fascinating to watch the kids in action. I wasn’t allowed to help them solve the problem; I could only give feedback after the fact. Countless times, my feedback included the lesson that a large and sturdy foundation supports better than a small and weak one. Continue reading

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Making Motherhood Sacred

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12.7.17 Making Motherhood Sacred

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It was hard to be a good mother consistently when my kids were little. It wasn’t that they were more needy or misbehaved than most; it’s that the job description for a mom with young children is incredibly demanding. We’re asked to constantly give and give, with very little kid-free time or sleep under our belts. It may be wonderfully fulfilling to be a mom, but it’s equally exhausting.

My kids are now thirteen, eleven, and seven. Once this September rolled around, and they were all in school full time, my goal was to be a better mother, more present and patient during those handful of hours between school and bed time. But here it is December, and I’m still struggling to hit that goal. What is my problem? Continue reading

It’s All In The Seeking

In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to Him, and the land where He lives will be a glorious place.     Isaiah 11:10

12 5 17 with word overlayMy husband’s office is in our spare bedroom, and the majority of his work is done over the phone. So when my kids have friends over, I send them to the basement or outside to play. That way my husband’s clients don’t hear shrieking kids in the background. But on those rare days when he’s traveling, I let the kids have the run of the house, upstairs and down.

The usual game they choose is Hide ‘n Seek. As the Seeker counts to twenty, off the other kids go to hide in bedrooms and closets, hoping not to be found. Then the Seeker says, “Ready or not, here I come!”

It all reminds me of Advent. Continue reading

Learning and Earning Wisdom

For the first step toward wisdom is an earnest desire for discipline.      Wisdom 6:17

11 30 17 with word overlayI had Zack’s parent teacher conference the week before last. I chose to meet with his science teacher because that’s the one class he’s really struggling in. It just didn’t make sense; Zack is incredibly bright. I needed to learn more about the teacher’s expectations, and get some insight into why the train was off the tracks.

It was a very difficult and discouraging conference. Continue reading

Celebrating Ourselves

I recognized that… all can eat and drink and enjoy the good of all their toil – this is a gift from God.     Ecclesiastes 3:13

11 24 17 with word overlayJocelyn adores her second grade teacher. She talks non-stop about all that she says and does. So when Jocelyn was chattering on and on in the car the other day about something she learned, my mind was elsewhere.

I finally tuned in, and was pretty impressed with all she was saying about the topic. When she finally took a breath, I said, “Wow, Jocelyn! You’re pretty smart. Who taught you that?” I presumed she would say her teacher. But to my surprise, that wasn’t the case. Continue reading

The Power To Heal

Their fruit is used for food, and their leaves for healing. Ezekiel 47:12

11 16 17 blurred with word overlayJocelyn broke down crying one day, a few weeks ago. An outsider would have seen that there was no specific event that triggered it. They would have presumed she were crying for no reason. I knew better. Continue reading

It’s Hard To Just Listen

Fools take no delight in understanding, but only in displaying what they think.     Proverbs 18:2

11 9 17 with word overlayI chaperoned Jocelyn’s field trip to Beaver Brook Association a few weeks ago. The guide assigned to our group was wonderful. As she taught the kids about how Native Americans lived hundreds of years ago, she used fantastic techniques to get and keep their attention. Watching the dynamic between her and the kids, I was reminded of a lesson I learn, and then forget, a hundred times over. Continue reading