A Study of Words (a Death & Life Reminder)

Study of Words

  I am reading through James with our kiddos.  It has been just such a good reminder that our words have the power to usher in both– life and death.   Sharp venom pours out– From those lips that should guard knowledge. Witness of false discord– Give me a mouth that utters truth. In my [Read More...]

His Kind of Love

God's Love

    Why I Want His Kind of Love…   There’s romance, affection. Desire and obsession. Passion, infatuation. Delight with flirtation. There’s love grown at distance, And love that takes courage. There’s love born from friendship, And love that leaves baggage. Love slowly budding, And love out of season. But real love is His love– [Read More...]

Is Your Family Your Idol?

Family Photo

  Almost every week, when we’re walking… My friend and I eventually end up touching on the topic of family as an idol. Meaning–when family and all that goes with it (kiddos, parenting, marriage, homemaking, education, traditions, cooking, recipes) hold a place in our lives that is out of balance. Where too much weight is [Read More...]

Waxed Eyebrows and Who I Want to Please

*photo source I walked into their room–Full of waxed eyebrows.Jewels glittered and boots shined with Degrees and big dollars,High brows and arched collars.And they asked me–“What do you do?”And I said,I’m a mom. But then qualified sideways With comments of past days–Of-teaching-and-travel,And “I do have my Masters”…And “I still do some writing”…And–I realized my concern was [Read More...]

Happy Birthday To Our Laura…

I can’t believe it was eleven years ago… Your first birthday party… And now your eleventh… We love you so much Laura! Happy 11th Birthday !!! You have been such a gift… from the moment we began to anticipate your arrival… We love you!!! Love, Mom & Dad (I wrote these words years ago…right after you [Read More...]

The Path of Faith

It’s a strange thing–When the direction seems maybe clear;Crystal.When the curving path looks straight–A cleared path through the brush of confusion.And so you walk.Trusting.Prayerfully trusting As the blindfold wraps tight and dark.You grip His hand.Toes inching forward in each step of– Faith.Because you cannot see–Trusting His sight.Because you cannot see–Trusting who He is.Because you cannot see–Around [Read More...]

This Beautiful Confession

*photo credit Last night I heard confession– From a child with red eyes welling. Voice cracking under burden Of what he knew That I did not. *photo credit And his disregard, defiance had slapped across my guidance. The issue was not weighty–But my fear so deep and heavy For a child rejecting wisdom. Anxious was his glance, Downturned [Read More...]

In Him

Sometimes…I crave change.And distance.And new.And adventure.And I see myself jumpin’ off the plank into… Into–The unknown.The beyond.The imagined. But He says–Be content.Be satisfied.Be whole–In Me. In the hum-drum…of dishes.of laundry.of sticky jam on banisters…of peanut butter fingerprints. Finding Him.In the beauty of the everyday. The change that He makes possible.The distance that He can move.The new that [Read More...]

Beautiful Confession

life tree

*photo credit Last night I heard confession– From a child with red eyes welling. Voice cracking under burden Of what he knew That I did not. *photo credit And his disregard, defiance had slapped across my guidance. The issue was not weighty– But my fear so deep and heavy For a child rejecting wisdom. Anxious was his glance, [Read More...]

Mommy Memories–Good and Bad…

I’ve been a mommy for just over 11 years.I remember it vividly that January 2000 when we signed up for a parenting seminar at our church… For down the road.But on the Friday when it started, we learned that it was actually for…Just around the corner. Our oldest is now 10 and half (that half is [Read More...]

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