A Not So Subtle Growing Point

All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness… 2 Timothy 3:16

8.30.18 with word overlayLast week, on vacation, my husband and kids did something to really piss me off. I’m too embarrassed now to admit what it was because, in retrospect, it was pretty minor. But in the moment, I was all fired up about it. Continue reading

Changing It Up

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.  Ezekial 36:26

8.16.18 with word overlayJocelyn picked Beados as her project this week. She meticulously arranged the teeny-tiny beads in a certain pattern in the little tray that holds them in place before you spray and seal them. But every few minutes, she’d bump the tray by accident, causing the beads to get all jumbled. Each time she did, her frustration level rose. Continue reading

Our Problem Solver

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.   Proverbs 3:5-6

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As I drove Zack to Youth Group a few weeks ago, he and I hit a snag while planning his upcoming birthday celebration. Now that he’s entering high school, his and his brother Mason’s relationship has shifted. Where they were once joined at the hip, shared all the same interests, and finished each other’s sentences, they’re paths are now diverging. The love and bond are deep and everlasting, but things on the surface have changed.

The issue was: Zack wanted just his same-aged-friends to go to the local amusement park for his birthday. Yet, he was deeply distraught about excluding his brother. The seven-minute-drive to the Parish Center was not long enough to solve the problem. I dropped him off saying we’d talk more about it when he got home. Continue reading

There’s Always Hope

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He had him (Peter) put in prison under the guard of four squads of four solders each… Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door, guards kept watch on the prison.   Acts 12:4 & 6

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I went to the bank a few weeks ago to cash some checks. What I thought would be a five minute errand turned into an hour of deep confusion and stress. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

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In summers past, I made all the plans and kept them a secret from my kids. I just called everything an “adventure.” I thought it would be more fun for my kids that way. Plus, it made it easier for me if something got canceled, or the weather didn’t cooperate. I could easily make new plans, and my kids would be none-the-wiser.

Now that they’re older, I’ve been giving them the choice: I can keep things a surprise, or I can tell them if they want to know. Their reactions have been interesting… Continue reading

The Changing Landscape

The more I called them, the farther they went from me.   Hosea 11:2

7.19.18 with word overlayEvery year, the amusement park near us has a Town Day. The rate is drastically reduced for us residents. We always go and stay together as a family until the park closes. It’s one of my favorite days of the summer!

Now having a teenager and a tweener, I knew the landscape was shifting. But I was tightly clutching onto the idea of spending this outing as a family, one last time. I wanted to satiate my craving for making fun, family memories together.

Sadly, I set myself and my family up for failure. Continue reading