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For the Lord your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory. Deuteronomy 20:4
With the turn of a new year, it’s as if we all get a clean slate, an enormous “do over.” It’s a collective opportunity to regroup, re-prioritize, and re-imagine how we want to live our lives.
The more I reflected on how I want this new year to play out, the more I realized there’s a battle raging for my perspective. Continue reading
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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. John 14:27
I started back to work last month, after fourteen years of raising kids and doing small, paying jobs from home. I’m still learning the juggling act of working outside the house, while still keeping up with all the responsibilities of motherhood. Most days I’m completely wiped out by bedtime, and I can’t get rid of my kids fast enough.
After one especially hard day, my eight-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, asked if we could kneel down and pray together before I tucked her in. Because I’m such a bad mom at that hour, we do our family praying in the car as I travel all over town dropping off and picking up kids. So it took everything I had not to yell “NO! We already prayed today!!”
Seriously, how can a mother of faith turn down that request? Regardless, I knelt down with resentment and impatience, wanting it to be over before we even began. Continue reading
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
Jocelyn and I recently watched a girly movie together while the boys were off doing their thing. Jocelyn Chose “Princess Diaries.”
In it, the main character, Mia, discovers she’s a princess of a small country called Genovia. The glitch is, as a clumsy, insecure, and awkward teen, she doesn’t feel she’s princess material. Despite a beauty makeover and etiquette lessons from the queen herself, Mia doesn’t experience the inward transformation she needs. Consequently, she continues to mess up.
Of course, everything changes over time. The turning point happens right as Mia is giving her speech to abdicate and stay her clumsy, insecure self. The transformation is exactly what each of us moms goes through, whether we know it or not. Continue reading
I was thrilled and honored to be chosen as a member of Melinda Johnson’s Launch Team for her new children’s board book, Piggy in Heaven. Continue reading
My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away. Indeed, I forget to eat my bread. Psalm 102:4
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A control freak at heart, I’ve always been the one to move about the house putting everything back in its place. It calms me to look around and see things neat and orderly in an otherwise chaotic world. But in a household of five, that task is almost a full-time job.
So, when I went back to work a few weeks ago, the house fell into complete disarray. Seeing the clutter everywhere when I got home from work pushed me over the edge. Continue reading