Does our family have room for one more? Does yours? My husband and I have been talking for a few years now about the idea and reality of adoption. What would this look like in our lives? Where do we even start? We began praying and made the decision to open the door. We started by saying "God, we don't know if you want us to adopt, and we don't know when or how, but prepare our hearts for whatever you want us to do."
Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Listening to this song and praying for joy!
I could cling to my bad mood and desire to lose it on someone today...
or choose joy and be grateful
for the extra time my daughter gifted me with
when she woke me up 3 hours before the alarm was set to go off.
Oh man, I really feel like taking it out on someone. But I also feel like crying.
As I pray this morning, I put my light and momentary trials
in perspective and am humbled.
I'm also comforted by a God that cares.
He cares for me and does not write me off.
I am sleep deprived and fragile, and He cares. But this is momentary.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
About four months ago, I found a lump in my breast. I didn't think much of it because I was thirty-two, but I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer at thirty-five. I finally decided I should get it checked out, so two months later, while in Hawaii, I called and told my OB Office that I found a lump. That is a really quick way to get an appointment by the way.
I felt at peace until the day of my appointment. I started to panic and was irritable. I was expecting that my OB would be able to tell me that day that the lump was not a problem. He didn't. He felt I should get it checked out with a mammogram and an ultrasound.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
How can I help my kids prepare themselves for career choices, and equip them with good decision making skills? Is it possible to start doing things now, while they are young, that could better prepare them for those big life decisions? Is it really possible to know a first grader's spiritual gifts and how do I find them? These are all questions I have been contemplating myself, and here is why...
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
On Sunday mornings, after the kids are fed, bathed, combed and changed they are deposited into on room to play together until it's time to go to church. This morning one of the kids was "bumped". Another child did something they didn't like. From the room we could hear unkind words and tones.
Friday, January 4, 2013
I can imagine that we have all experienced situations where a friend or family member is going through something tough. While we definitely do not want to come across like we have all the answers or have it all together ourselves, we also do not want to ever believe that unless we have experienced the identical situation we cannot offer any encouragement.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Do you have any enemies? I don't like to believe I do. But, ya know what we all can admit to having in our lives? People we just don't like. People that get under our skin, that rub us the wrong way, that we don't agree with or we'd rather just avoid. These people can be siblings, parents, friends from church, neighbors or coworkers. With the holiday season upon us, maybe these are the people you're stuck spending extra time with...
Friday, December 7, 2012
"Mommy! Look at all those clouds! What are all those clouds doing?" I smiled and my mind starting spinning with excitement. I was in the car, traveling to a friend's house with the kids in the back seat. My 4 year old was pointing his finger at the sky and laughing in delight. Think, think. I had to take advantage of a moment like this! He had no idea what a perfect question he had just asked.
The Heavens are singing about how great God is; and the skies are shouting it out, "See what God has made!" Day after day...night after night... They are speaking to us. (Psalm 19:1-2 Paraphrased in the Jesus Storybook Bible)
Friday, November 2, 2012
Often we, as mother's become upset when our children do childish things. I am not talking about willful disobedience. I am talking about mistakes, poor thinking, etc. Childish things. Like earlier this week picking up a two liter from the kitchen literally ten seconds after I put it down, only to have it dropped and sprayed all over their bedroom carpet. I was stuck in a poor mood after my children behaved childishly. I was very irritable, and I knew it was wrong. I was doing my best to shake it. I prayed for God to help me have patience with my children.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I LOVE Change! Did you hear me? Seriously, I love it! Changing my hairstyle, a new color of paint on the wall, fresh sheets on a bed, rearranging the furniture, swapping out something old for something new (or something new for something old). I realized today for the first time, that my favorite season is... the changing of the season! I love living in Michigan where we experience four very unique and wonderful seasons of change. Just when you're getting tired of one thing, wallah: something new! The changing of seasons got me thinking, how at a very young age I learned to embrace change as an exciting opportunity for a fresh start. I've moved enough in my life to thank the Lord for blessing me with this kind of an outlook.
Now, I know not everyone is as excited about change as I am. Many people appreciate things that are familiar, comfortable and safe. Don't get me wrong, I'm also a HUGE fan of commitment to the important things: one spouse, one church family, kids, responsibilities, etc. I'm all about peace in the home, routines and structure. But there is no talking me out of the fact that change can be very refreshing.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I believe I was about 13 years old when I first heard the phrase: "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself, less."
The need for humility hit me hard when I was a teenager, deep in thought and dreaming about the future. I thought SO hard about my future, from who I was going to marry, to what I was going to be and where I would live, what degree to get and where to go to college. I thought myself in circles, which eventually landed me in the ER to be treated for stress induced ulcers and acid reflux. During that time in my life, God taught me a lot about learning His will and trusting Him with my future. He also taught me that at the root of my stress, was selfishness. There was an obvious imbalance in the time I spent thinking about myself, to the time I spent in the Word and thinking of others.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
All kids are the same, and yet so different. I have three little ones. Natalie is 5, Noah is 3, and Jude is 11 months. They each have their own personalities and interests, but they are all my favorite little sinners.
We understand the Bible tells us we need to "train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it", but how do we do that? Ephesians 4:25 thru 32 gives us the practical solution we are searching for. The Put Off and Put On principle.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
There are moms that constantly brag about their kid's accomplishments, to the point of annoyance. Then, there are moms that are so focused on what their kids are NOT accomplishing that it's disturbing. Secretly, many of the moms that are bragging about accomplishments are still inwardly comparing their kids to everyone else, hoping to stay ahead of the game. Many mom's suffer anxiety over what their kids aren't doing, what milestones they have not reached and if anyone else has noticed. We live in a society where the comparison game will drive you insane! We're given check lists of what our kids should be doing and when. The problem is, no kid is the same. God has created us all uniquely and individually. Your kid may not fit the mold or even come close to resembling the mold!