Born With It All

… there is nothing I lack. Psalm 23:1

2.14.19 Born With It All

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Mason has been cast as Lord Farquaad in his upcoming school play, Shrek The Musical. I keep telling him how excited I am to see it because I know he’s going to be amazing. Each time I say that, he deflects, and says something self-deprecating.

It kills me to hear him doubt he’s capable of something I know he was born to do. This isn’t just a proud-mama thing where I’m bragging about his abilities. I’m just stating a true and complete fact: The kid is as creative as the day is long, and he transforms when he’s performing.

Sadly, though, I know far too many people who react like Mason does. Continue reading

Conditional Love

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

2.7.19 Conditional Love

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Lately, my kids have gotten into the habit of saying “I love you” when I say “Yes” to a request. It’s a sweet reaction to have, but something about it hasn’t sat right with me.

After thinking about it more, I realized it makes me feel as if their love is conditional. They only seem to say “I love you” when I give them what they want. I don’t think I’ve ever heard them once say it when I say “No.” I decided I needed to tell my kids the message I thought they were sending.

Of course they denied it, saying they love me no matter what. As they were claiming there were no strings attached to their love, it occurred to me I had some soul searching to do of my own. Continue reading

Cowgirls and Shepherds

He will tend His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.    Isaiah 40:11

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I watched the true-to-life movie Temple Grandin a while back. Temple is autistic and sees the world differently because of it. Where most people judge that as a deficit, Temple knows her perspective has value. The surprising thing is: Her perspective helped cows!

When she watched cows be corralled and herded for vaccination or slaughter, she noticed that the pattern they were forced into determined their mood and agitation level. When she looked closer, her perspective allowed her to see and experience things the way they did.

She recognized that when they were forced to make sharp, 90 degree turns, it was too extreme for them. That’s why they rebelled, sometimes so badly, one would break a leg and slow down the whole production line. Yet when they were herded into curved patterns, circles, or S shapes, they went willingly, calmly, peacefully.

I think motherhood is an awful lot like herding cows! Continue reading

Another Excerpt From “With Our Savior”

Each time an email drops into my inbox telling me another pastor has decided to purchase a couple hundred booklets for their church, my heart fills to the brim with deep gratitude. Thank you to all my readers who are spreading the word! It is because of your efforts that so many more families will be praying together this Lent. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Enjoy this next excerpt from the devotional!

SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY

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Love’s Healing Touch

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me.” MARK 10:13-14

In 1987, Dr. Tiffany Field studied the impact of touch on babies born too early. She discovered that even though all the premature babies ate the same amount, the babies that were massaged for fifteen minutes a day gained 47 percent more weight. Dr. Field said that she believed that it was sheer love: The massaged babies felt loved through the contact.

Talking to God in prayer has the same effect on us. We feel loved through contact with Our Savior.

When someone hugs us on a bad day, it makes things hurt less. Our Savior wants to be that someone. When he wraps us up in his great love, things do hurt less. When it is his will, he can take away the hurt completely.

WITH OUR SAVIOR » Dear God, remind me, I pray, to always turn to you. When you wrap me up in your great love, I always feel better.

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WITH YOUR FAMILY » Try an experiment of your own. For one whole day, don’t hug your family at all. The next day, hug them as much as you want. Compare your feelings. Share what you find.

*Excerpt used with permission from Creative Communications for the Parish.

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Empowering Others to Step Up

Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.”    Exodus 18:17-18

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Despite being someone who needs to have control, and oversee everything, now that I’m back to work I’ve had no choice but to delegate some things to my kids. I’m not one to experience a ton of mother’s guilt, but I definitely have been feeling some over the past few months.

What I wasn’t prepared for was what would happen to my kids. Continue reading

My Devotion on Keys for Kids

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

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“You got us a rabbit?” Mason shrieked with joy.

“Yup!” Dad said. “And he’s going to live in the house, not out back in a cage.”

“Really?” Zack jumped up and down. “That’s so cool!”

“Check out the bathroom,” Mom said. “I put his cage in there, and a litter tray. I read online how we can train him to only go in the litter box, like a cat. That’s why I agreed to this.”

The three kids ran into the bathroom to check out the rabbit’s new digs. “He’s so cute and fluffy,” Jocelyn said as she came out holding the rabbit. “Can we call him Oreo? He looks like a cookie with his black fur and white flecks.”

“Fine with me,” Zack said, and everyone else agreed.

It didn’t take long for Oreo to get accustomed to using the litter box. Once Mom was sure he was fully trained, Oreo was allowed to explore more and more of the house. Soon enough, he had complete freedom to roam the whole first floor. Until a few weeks later… Continue reading