A Determined Love

Seven years ago this week we saw three of our children for the very first time. Two little girls, sisters, who were 6.5 and 7.5 years old as well as their little brother who was three. I had been expecting them for a full six months. I thought I was prepared. After all, we had…

Until it Hurts

This morning I read a post that I made on FaceBook three years ago. Here is what it said. Today I am hoping to smile until my cheeks hurt. I am hoping to laugh until my sides hurt. I am hoping to practice humility until my pride hurts. I am hoping to pray until my…

Entanglements

This morning I have been doing a lot of thinking and my thoughts have led to the entanglements of life. For the most part, those entanglements involve people. People don’t come in the easy-care, wrinkle-free, stain-resistant department. People are difficult. Whether young or old, they require maintenance and time and energy and effort. I’ll tell…

This Call is for You

Back in the day, when party lines were the norm, the phone would ring and you knew a call was coming through but, you had to listen carefully to determine if that call was for you. As I read the familiar passage in the Bible for my early morning devotions today of Samuel the boy…

Write it Down

This morning I’m headed out to attend a writer’s conference. I attended this same conference last year and it was my very first. I left that conference inspired and I must admit, I thought I’d surely have my own published book to share when I returned this year. I’ve made progress. I’ve learned more about…

The Teacher

This passage from Isaiah is speaking to my heart this morning and thought it might be something you need to hear too. Chances are you’ve just been in a place of adversity and suffering or you are in one now. It’s part of life. From the most menial and aggravating to the most life-altering, adversity…