Spirit Week

Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.   John 13:17

Claire's Blog 001It is Spirit Week at Jocelyn’s school. Each day, they wear something different to celebrate the life of Dr. Seuss and the joy of reading.

I was at the school yesterday for Destination Imagination. Not only were all the kids decked out, but the teachers were too. It created an electric atmosphere with this fun buzz in the air. I definitely got caught up in it. In fact, I wanted to bring that same energy home and infuse it into my family, and into our Lent.
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Forgiveness

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.    Ephesians 4:31

3-2-17-with-word-overlayA friend and I carpool for karate. On Wednesdays, I pick Zack and his friend up at 8 p.m. Wednesdays are my husband’s night out, so I have to take Mason and Jocelyn with me.

This past Wednesday was a little busier than usual. When I looked up at the clock and saw it was already 7:57 p.m., I panicked. We were definitely going to be very late, even if we left that second. I yelled out to Mason and Jocelyn to quickly get their shoes on and head downstairs.

As Jocelyn and I sat in the van in our garage waiting for Mason, my panic turned into frustration. Mason moves like a snail, all the time. I was hoping he’d realize how late were were and hop to. Not the case.

As I watched the clock on the van dashboard click another minute by, I felt my frustration click over to anger. When Mason finally opened the garage door looking like he didn’t have a care in the world, I felt my anger click up yet another notch.
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Bad At Bluffing

… anyone who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.     Hebrews 11:6

2-23-17-with-word-overlayMy kids gave my husband poker chips for Christmas a few years ago. He has been trying to teach them how to play ever since.

It’s so interesting to watch: him trying to explain the concept of “bluffing,” and them struggling to reconcile that with me always telling them to be honest and never lie. The end result is: it’s completely obvious when they’re bluffing, and when they’re not.

You’ve got to figure it’s exactly the same with God.
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Chipping Away

For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.      Philippians 1:6

2-16-17-with-word-overlayThe headliner for the concert we went to a few weeks ago was Marc Broussard. Unfortunately for me, I desperately needed to use the ladies room right before he went on. The long line there meant I missed most of his opening song.

I have no idea what the song was called, but as I walked back in I caught the line, “There’s a better man inside of me.” It stopped me in my tracks. It was one of those mountain top experiences when you know God wants your attention. I really felt He wanted mine; so I gave it to Him.

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Gaining Wisdom Can Hurt

Walk with the wise and you become wise…      Proverbs 13:20

2-9-17-with-word-overlayLast week we had a light dusting of snow first thing in the morning. Leaving for the bus stop, I advised Jocelyn to hold onto the railing as she went down our front steps. At six years of age, she thought she knew better. She stepped down without holding on. Of course she slipped on the icy layer hidden under the snow, and landed on her butt.

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Wielding Our Power For The Good

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.        1 Thessalonians 5:15

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMy sons, Zack and Mason, are the best of friends. People compliment me on it, as if I did something to create their amazing bond. Truth be told, I did nothing but give birth to them twenty-two months apart. I always presumed the closeness in age led to their closeness as brothers.

Since Jocelyn’s birth, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this. Without a doubt, she is the outsider, the third wheel to their dynamic duo. I don’t want that for her. I want her to have the spectacular gift of their deep sibling friendship.

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Being All In

Whatever your hand finds, do it with all your might….      Ecclesiastes 9:10

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThere’s a concert hall just one exit north of us called Tupelo Hall. It’s a funky little venue in a restored barn with BYOB and only 250 seats. I love the intimacy of it, and the musicians it draws. Usually they were big names once; now they’re on their way down in the fame game, but still just as amazing.

We went last Friday night. The opening act was the Jamie McLean Band. You have to figure that as the opening band, these musicians were looking to grow their audience, make a name for themselves. But as I watched the lead singer look around at all the gray hair in the room, I imagined him calculating the average age to be about fifty. Realizing that we weren’t the crowd that was going to catapult his career, he seemed to deflate a bit.

Then he started to play, and he transformed.
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