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,…

Parenting Goals

These are a few things that are top priorities in my parenting goals. #1 – I want to teach my children to pray. So many people, even those who claim to be Christians, simply fail to pray. It should be our first recourse not our last resort. I want my children to feel comfortable enough…

Mothers

I am thankful for my own mother, of course. But I’m also thankful for so many other mothers. I am thankful for grandmothers, step-mothers, mothers-in-law, foster mothers, birth mothers, adoptive mothers, and spiritual mothers. Mothers help shape the future of the world with loving reprimands, stern looks and swift consequences. Mothers are often overworked, sometimes…

Understand

“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” Luke 24:45 NIV That single verse has been spoken in prayer many times from my lips. ‘Open our minds so that we can understand’. This is from the passage in Luke that describes the events that occurred on the very first Emmaus Walk. It…

I’m So Over It!

Overwhelmed Overstressed Overextended Overstretched Overcommitted Overthinking Overworking Overburdened So many people this very week, people I care about, have shared with me these words, these feelings, these struggles. The result, anxiety, tears, anger, frustration, depression, panic. It’s an epidemic. We continue to pile more on ourselves, expect more of ourselves, demand more of ourselves, require…

Someone’s Knocking at the Door

About that time… Have you been there before? Are you there now? When about that time, things start changing suddenly and you re-act rather than act? Who I really want to tell you about is Rhoda. She is found later in this same passage. But, before you can fully appreciate what she did and why…

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas…

It is about this time of year that I can almost surely hear the ticking of a proverbial clock. Tick tock tick tock. Are you ready? Tick tock tick tock. Have you forgotten anything? Tick tock tick tock? Time is fleeting. One week from tomorrow night is Christmas Eve and one more week will bring…

Hope Renewed

Unless you have experienced infertility, miscarriage, and the struggle of feeling your own body has betrayed you, you can’t fully comprehend the impact it has upon you. It is demoralizing, discouraging and can leave you feeling hopeless. Oh the prayers I prayed. Twenty-two years ago, a baby boy was born that would become the first…

ABCs of Adoption – Part 7

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and I’m the mother of seven adopted children, five of whom are presently teens. So, let’s talk about adopted teens. Surely that can’t be as simple as ABC. You’re so right. They test you and rebel against boundaries and are stubborn and have emotional outbursts sometimes…just like any other…