Speak Up

Miriam is a significant character in the Bible. We see three glimpses of her life, all of which give us great opportunity to learn from both her highest and lowest moments. She is first mentioned in Exodus chapter two as a young girl. We find her standing at a distance watching to see what would…

Stuck

I guess it’s just human nature to resist being bound up. We will strain against against what we feel is holding us back. Being stuck in a situation is not a place most people want to be. As a matter of fact, we may start desperately looking for ways out. We might even become desperate…

Even Now

This account of GOD’S timing and what seemed like a delay is on my heart tonight. There was an unexplainable delay, but in the end, the miracle arrived. “So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” (John 11:3 NLT) They knew Jesus, they loved Jesus,…

Boundaries

It seems to me that I’m hearing an awful lot about boundary busters here lately. A boundary is a dividing line, the proverbial line in the sand, sometimes unspoken and invisible, but nevertheless firm and real. Boundaries are necessary. Boundaries in relationships are absolutely essential. I think boundaries are a sign of respect, respect for…

An Introduction to Foster Care

How long will he stay? Will he go home some day? Wonder what he likes to eat? Do you think he understands? Will he be safe when he leaves? Fostering isn’t for the faint-hearted. Although all seven of our children originally came to us as foster children, the experience of fostering a dog was new…

A Fox in the Henhouse

Today is my day off from my job outside the home, which means I have a million things to do at home. So, instead of sleeping in, I got up early to get started and like many other weary mommas, I sat right down with a cup of coffee and began to have my devotion…

Hair Adventures

For years my girls have tried to convince me to let them braid my hair like they braid theirs. I flatly refused until a week ago on July 4th! I agreed to let my younger daughter (17) braid my bangs only. When she was done, I liked it enough to continue. My older daughter (18)…

The Little House Conundrum

Five decades ago I was a small child who would grow to love the books that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote and greatly enjoy the writings of Mark Twain. I admired them. I daydreamed about having similar experiences. I dreamed of writing similar books. Four decades ago, when I was a teen I was your typical…

A Whisper in Our Ears

Today I am determined to be quiet in my spirit and listen for a whisper. It won’t be easy, but I am determined. Did you ever notice how loud life can get? How noisy and demanding every day life can be? Schedules, appointments, decisions, deadlines, conflicts… Even when everything is going smoothly, it’s going at…

Treasured Treasures

I thought y’all might be blessed by this. Several of my children were older child adoptions and we have no baby pictures of any sort. One of my daughters has a phenomenal talent for sketching (never had lessons) and it has really blossomed this year. As a matter of fact, she sketched what she felt…