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Momma, Is Jesus Here?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“Momma,” he called from the dark bedroom. “Is Jesus here?” “Yes, Justin.” “Ok, don’t worry Mom, we just can’t see Him,” he shouted from his bed. I plopped down on the sofa, letting Justin’s words reverberate in the frayed edges of my mind. What he so blithely acknowledged and accepted I needed in every part of my being. I needed to know that yes, Jesus was here. In the midst of my mommy chaos, between the sandwiched moments of calm, and at the core of my purpose, I longed for His presence. Oh, to rest like my four-year-old-son in the uncomplicated knowledge that Jesus is here, I just can’t see Him right now. I gazed about at the stray toys scattered around the room, a laundry basket with half-folded little shirts and pants, bits of food drying on the...

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Kite Strings

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have owned many kites over the years of my childhood. Some were never used. I looked forward to using them. I just never got around to it so they, literally, never got off the ground. Others were often used. They were frequently flown. They crashed sometimes and were damaged, but I repaired them so they could soar again. Many of those were used so much they eventually fell apart. As a result, I know the art of how to fly a kite. Flying a kite is an ultimate act of balance. It is the tension between gravity and lift. The weight of the kite causes it to want to stay right where it is, without moving. But it is designed to fly, so it needs help getting up there. Lift is the upward motion that lifts (hence the...

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I’ve Been Praying

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

My kids get super excited when we have any snow in the forecast. Okay, let me be honest. I get just as excited as them. Living a little north of Atlanta, we don’t see much of the white stuff. So when we do get snow, it’s a big deal. We rush out to the store to buy all the essentials – bread, milk, coffee, creamer, chocolate, and toilet paper. A few weeks back, we did get a nice dusting of snow. Just enough to look beautiful, but not enough to make a snowman. We were still excited nonetheless. As we checked both the window and the weather channel for signs of snow, I was reminded of a story from when Grace was four years old. As I drove to pre-school one January morning, Grace piped up from the backseat...

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When Pretty Does More Than It Ought

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 2 comments

“I’m so pretty!” my four-year-old daughter squealed. She patted the new pink ruffled skirt with pure joy and then twirled in front of a mirror. Blonde hair bounced golden curls, blue eyes sparkled, and rosy cheeks blushed. She turned expectantly for my approval. With every fiber of my being I agreed. She filled every syllable of a-dor-a-ble and I laughed with pleasure. Children love compliments. In fact, they are the first to give them…to themselves. My parents were careful about praise, fearful of where it might take me, and compliments were rare. I learned to appreciate their heart, but I longed for their approval. That struggle continued into my spiritual walk. I see myself in the picture of my daughter’s upturned face and hopeful eyes. While trusting in Christ’s grace I often find myself striving in an exhausting cycle...

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Encouraging the Gift of Music

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy: But most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”  Plato I wish I had been more “instrumental” in the lives of my children. I realized too late the lost opportunity to encourage my children to learn a musical instrument in their younger days, My parents mandated it of me. I earned up to a grade five level in piano, and in elementary school, I learned some simple tunes on a recorder. I confess, I fought it all the way and when I became a teen they allowed me to stop. Thrilled to be released from it, I did not cultivate it and I seem to have lost it all. I’ve heard folks say, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” I...

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Brotherhood of Fatherhood

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Before I was a father, I still had opportunities to be a father figure. I often think of one instance in particular. It was a time when I was part of what I call the “Brotherhood of Fatherhood.” For many years I directed a major Easter production in Louisiana. This was prior to God blessing me with children. One of the special effects we used was dry ice. You’ve likely seen the effect, as a low-lying layer of pure white smoke wafts across the stage. Handling dry ice can be a bit tricky – and dangerous. The chemical reaction that makes the effect work is the rapid thaw of the substance in a pressurized container. This is what forces the fog across the stage. In addition to mandatory training, there is a high trust level placed on the individual...

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