Wisdom in the Midst of Pain…

My son endured major thoracic surgery in October. Although the bracket holding the metal bar in his chest now makes a visible and definitive lump in his skin, and he sports several scars from the surgery, only the medic alert tags around his neck give any indication now of all that happened then. His sternum […]

“Harlots?” Are You Serious?

I wonder what was happening when the words, “harlot” and “zealot” were created. As I read Proverbs 7 this morning, I struggled. I wondered, “What on earth am I to do with this, Lord?” And then it hit me… it’s every man’s struggle. And their wives struggle as well. And try as these men might, […]

Ever Been Exhausted?

And sick? And have too much to do, with no one else to do it but you? All at the same time? Boy, do I know how you feel. So in the midst of my self-induced pity party this morning, while reading Proverbs 6, God taught me two things: 1) I needed to stop whining […]

I See You…

Saturday, I stood in the breezeway, sipping percolated coffee, watching our people play in the lake. At one point, the most mischievous of our three kiddos silently snuck towards his sister, intent upon capsizing her banana float and submerging her. He stopped momentarily, and glanced up at the cabin. “Are you watching me?” he called, […]

Driving Under the Influence of Anger…

I apologized to my husband for driving into the side of the garage. Acting childishly, and furious at him over something stupid (and not the point of this blog, so I won’t go into it), I hastily pulled away, paying no attention to the enormous dwelling next to the vehicle, clipping the brick and nailing […]

Praying for Patience…

I have stopped praying for patience. For close to seven years, each time I would send that request heavenward, I would get pregnant. I didn’t know that I didn’t know patience was a fruit of the Spirit that was learned over time. Just being honest here… I literally was hoping for a direct injection of […]

It’s a Matter of Trust …

Saturday night, my daughter and I watched a movie together. With the testosterone-laden beings vacating the premises due to Boy Scout Camp, we succumbed to popcorn and estrogenic activities such as hair brushing, back scratches, and a slumber party. We watched “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” a C.S. Lewis story from the Narnia series told […]

Strength and Dignity 101

She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. (Proverbs 31:25) There are times when I don’t want to be a grown up. Given the fact that I have three kids, a husband, a house, a ministry, and countless other responsibilities, that’s a difficult requirement of life to ignore…that […]

How to Make Life Easier…

Our 4 month-old golden retriever puppy humbles me. Daily she points out, albeit inadvertently and unintentionally, how much more I need to grow. “Lucy,” as she’s affectionately been named, is the 4th dog I’ve trained. If you’ve raised and trained a puppy and then had children, you understand that dog training is a lot like […]